/r/Ornithology

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Welcome to Ornithology, a subreddit dedicated to the scientific study of wild birds.

This is a place to discuss wild birds in a scientific context — their biology, ecology, evolution, behavior, and more.

Welcome to Ornithology, a subreddit dedicated to the scientific study of wild birds.

This is a place to discuss wild birds in a scientific context — their biology, ecology, evolution, behavior, and more.


RULES:

  1. No posts about pet birds.

  2. No posts or comments supporting harming birds.

  3. Keep comments and posts civil and non-toxic.

For bird ID posts: r/whatsthisbird.


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Other Bird Subreddits:

/r/BirdPics

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/r/BirdsofPrey

/r/WhatsThisBird


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Bird standing in the rain?

Hey, we’re having crazy rain here in central Texas and I saw this bird (a robin? I think) just standing in the rain. I couldn’t get a pic of it doing it but just basically head to the sky. We tried to encourage him to get under an awning and he tried to fly away and bumped into a wall :( Honestly my friends and I are very drunk rn but according to our research there’s no reason for birds to do this. Is it ok? Should we try to intervene at all?

4 Comments
2024/05/05
07:39 UTC

5

Can someone identify the bird or bird(s) that made this? Thanks!

5 Comments
2024/05/05
02:33 UTC

35

Egg identification

I believe these are Carolina wren eggs, is that right? And is the one in front a different species?

11 Comments
2024/05/05
02:21 UTC

4

Baby mourning doves abandoned?

I have a nesting box in my front door walkway. Mourning doves were building nests in a planter that I had there so I decided to replace it with a proper nesting box because I enjoyed having them there. They come back 3-4 times a year to have babies and have been for the past 3 years so I am somewhat aware of their behavior. The doves had a successful clutch once this year. They came back about a week later.

Everything seems to have been going well for the past 2 weeks. This morning, I saw the nesting box had been slightly tilted and a bunch of feathers were on the ground. I got really worried (see below). Mom was still in the box. I assumed it may have happened when mom and dad were switching shifts and maybe one of them landed on top of the box, tilting it. However, later in the day, I noticed neither of the parents were there and I snapped a pic of inside of the nest. The babies seem way too young to be unmonitored. I see there are still mourning doves in my parking lot so I am not sure if they were abandoned. Is this normal for a mother to leave her babies for this long unattended? Or are they abandoned? If so, what should I do? I'm in Florida and the weather has been in the high 70s at night to mid 80s during the day. It's 8 pm now and she still isn't back. I have a local wildlife rehab or I can bring them inside and care for them myself if needed.

Last year, I heard a struggle at my front door late at night and saw a snake was climbing the wall to get to the nest. I got rid of him. The next night, the same thing happened and I got rid of him. I tried putting snake repellant near my front door so he wouldn't try again but he did get the eggs :( I am worried he is back and that's what caused the struggle and why the mother abandoned the nest this afternoon. Please help! Any advice would be appreciated.

There are two babies there. One is kind of underneath the other.

1 Comment
2024/05/05
00:18 UTC

50

Egg identification

Found this nest in my backyard on the ground. Was about to mow the lawn and almost stepped on them walking to get the mower. No idea who they belong too. In upstate New York and there's plenty of trees around and other better places to lay eggs. Grass wasn't even that long, I mowed it last week.

10 Comments
2024/05/04
23:58 UTC

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Who is this very noisy guy?

Boy or boy does this bird chirp loudly. It's been coming here for free cat food for a few days now. Is it a common yellowthroat? When comparing pictures it looks slightly bigger and maybe..sleeker? Slimmer? Just looks a little different so just wanting to make sure

7 Comments
2024/05/04
22:45 UTC

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Verdin nest building part 2

I continue to obsess over the nest building activity of this Verdin. The nest is precariously perched atop a prickly pear cactus and the cactus bloomed late this morning. Added curb appeal!

3 Comments
2024/05/04
22:34 UTC

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Red vented bulbul left nest after laying eggs

So i really dont remember the dates but around a month and a week ago a bulbul made a nest in the balcony of my home my dad put up a wire mesh below it as we were uncertain if the nest would remain balanced it was complete within a week roughly and the bird immediately layed the eggs the following days and it used to sit on the eggs for a long times casually it did get out of the nest so one day my dad stuffed some dry grass in the space between the nest and the wire mesh my dad put up earlier the next day i observed that the bird didnt come today to sit on the nest so we removed the dry grass we put there and waited but it didnt come back the next day as well and like that it has been almost 3 weeks give or take a few days but we do see the bird hanging at the power lines in front of our balcony and occasionally in a few spots in our building as well but it doesnt come and sit on the eggs layed in the nest ( the bird has put a nest and layed eggs in the same spot around 2 years ago only the eggs were attacked by a crow and we were too late they had fallen down ). Would like to know what was the cause and what can be done

1 Comment
2024/05/04
15:13 UTC

0

How to care

I found a little sparrow who is a full adult, but can’t fly for some reason. It looks like the feathers on his wing are broken or something. I’m just wondering how can I take care of them until he can fly again? I tried to give him mealworms because the Internet said that they eat bugs but he seemed uninterested, but I’m not sure if that’s just because, the situation was really scary and stressful

Edit: if I did it right this should be a picture of his wing https://share.icloud.com/photos/0adIaRYtkPhg6Ix5Rrtip5pJQ

16 Comments
2024/05/04
14:59 UTC

1 Comment
2024/05/04
14:38 UTC

374

Great tits' nest in garden - looks unsafe from predators to me

So the great tits in my garden are having babies. Unfortunately they have built their nest at a height that I can reach and that also predators should be able to spot and reach easily. Can I do anything to protect it?

28 Comments
2024/05/04
11:04 UTC

2

Unsuccessful clutch, when to clean out nest?

Hi, this year I installed a camera fitted bird box in my garden so we could observe and watch the inhabitants and nesting season.

Unfortunately the entire clutch failed and all of the chicks have now passed away and I believe the mother has stopped coming back as well, this has been quite disheartening for a first year but I have to imagine the cold and wet weather made conditions especially tricky.

I would like to clean out the nest box at the earliest possible time but understand typically you are not meant to during the nesting season, however if I am able to confidently conclude that the mother has abandoned the nest is it okay to do so? A small part of me is hoping for a second clutch or maybe if I did clean out the nest potentially a new, separate inhabitant who will start from scratch.

2 Comments
2024/05/04
11:03 UTC

9

What’s wrong with this Northern Cardinal??

5 Comments
2024/05/04
05:24 UTC

4

Is this a cardinal egg?

Is this a cardinal egg? If so, is it safe for me to put it back in the nest?

There's a nest in a hedge in my backyard. Posted yesterday about how to protect them. Thinking maybe a squirrel raided the nest.

16 Comments
2024/05/04
00:10 UTC

72

Bird in our yard

I found this bird with a nest right over it a few hours ago. It seems to have fallen and I found it a bit later on. Well it's been hyperventilating since and eyes have been closed for a bit now. It tries to walk away a while ago but would take a few steps then stop. Is there anything I could do to help it?

8 Comments
2024/05/03
23:58 UTC

88

What kind of bird is this? What might be wrong with it?

I know it doesn’t look good. But my daughter would really love to help it somehow.

23 Comments
2024/05/03
22:13 UTC

13

Are these different bird species using the same nest?

19 Comments
2024/05/03
21:10 UTC

93

What do I do?

HELP! These birds made a nest in my mailbox attached to my house today they are 11 days old i feel like I haven’t seen the momma bird in about 2 days. Im unsure if they are going to be able to get out of the mailbox… what should i do if anything how do i make sure they survive and thrive? WHAT DO I DO?

25 Comments
2024/05/03
20:56 UTC

15

What is the word to describe this kind of pattern?

7 Comments
2024/05/03
19:12 UTC

9

Why do mocking birds hate crows so much?

Always squawking and dive-bombing them....

7 Comments
2024/05/03
19:00 UTC

0

How to keep crows out of barn swallow nest?

Hi! We have annual barn swallows that nest in a corner of our front porch. We enjoy them being here! However, every single year, the crows wait for the eggs to hatch, attack the nest, and eat the babies.

I hate that this happens, and know it will continue based on crow’s memories.

We tried to discourage the swallows from nesting, but they’re back anyway!

Is there ANYTHING that we could put up that would allow the swallows to access their nest, but prevent crow access?

Thank you!!! *bereaved bird mom 😂😭

2 Comments
2024/05/03
18:52 UTC

1

Help needed: Nest on house that may get damaged

This afternoon, I saw that a bird is building a nest on top of our gutter guard. I noticed the nest right after the bird flew past me very quickly (I think I startled it), and I did not see what type of bird it was. Last year we had some Eastern Phoebes that nested on another part of our roof, so it's possible that's what this one was. Based on where the bird appeared to be in the construction process, I don't think there are eggs in the nest, but I didn't get close enough to tell.

We don't typically mind having a bird's nest on our home, but we have some exterior work on the house coming up that would likely impact the nest. I hate to knock it down now, but I worry that the impact could be even worse if the work being done on the house happens when there are eggs/hatchlings in it. I am hoping someone here can advise on what we should do.

Edit: Updated the location of the nest from "at the edge of a valley in our roof (where roof sections meet)" to on the gutter guard.

10 Comments
2024/05/03
17:22 UTC

109

How long should a bird incubate their eggs?

There's been a bird in a very small tree in front our home and we believe she's resting on her eggs. She hasn't moved in 3 days. Is that normal behavior and should we throw bird food out or anything to help?

11 Comments
2024/05/03
16:45 UTC

3

Accidentally moved a bird nest; will they come back.

I bought some hanging ferns for my porches with the small hope that birds would use they for protection and nesting. This was early this week and apparently my bird friends have already started building. I had no idea.

It was raining a lot last night so I dragged out the ferns and the rest of the container garden into the rain for free watering. When I woke up I saw the beginnings of a nest and my heart sank. I moved the fern to its original location this morning.

Will birds come back and continue building? It wasn’t a complete nest nor were there eggs. Didn’t look disturbed.

Can I continue to lightly water this fern or do I sacrifice it for birds?

Thank you!

4 Comments
2024/05/03
13:51 UTC

2

bluejay party

There was a party of 4 or 5 bluejay Males who I’m guessing were excited to see me? But I was just on a path where I’m sure they are used to seeing people. Why would they be so excited otherwise? Bobbing and squeaking. A few years ago I had a small party of Jays seem to be calmly following me in the woods. Any insights are appreciated, thanks!

6 Comments
2024/05/03
13:44 UTC

2

House bird probably escaped and entered my place wjat do i do?

I got a crazy surprise today when a Sunda zebra finch entered my place ( i live in northern Italy ) so unlikely it's wild, once inside i tried get him out and succeeded but now he just chill in front of my terrace and is not moving, there's a lot of seagulls and im very afraid he's gonna get eaten, i also have cats. What should i do i thought about getting a bird house high enough soo he can stay safe but I'm not sure.

1 Comment
2024/05/03
12:55 UTC

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