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Any Birders Here?

Discussion in 'Not So Spineless Wonders' started by pannaking22, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. TomM

    TomM Arachnobaron of Pennsylvania

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    I've had birds in my life since I was born. My parents had two parakeets (Spade and Buddy) when I was a baby. Got a cockatiel (Sam) when I was a toddler. He just passed away this past fall at the age of 23. My mom got a mitred conure (Ivy) when I was around 7 years old, I'm 27 now. Ivy is still alive and doing just fine. When I was in high school I took in two parrotlets (Copernicus & Little Bird) that were used by a breeder and didn't take great care of them. Now I have coturnix quail, but only one has a name. He's the friendliest one and enjoys sitting on my shoulder while I walk around the garden. His name is Dan Quail. I also help take care of some red tail hawks and owls at a local wildlife sanctuary. Here's some pictures:

    Sam the cockatiel (RIP 1992 - 2015)
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    Little Bird the parrotlet being goofy
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    Ivy the Mitred Conure
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    Hannibal the one-eyed Eastern Screech Owl
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    Dan Quail the Coturnix Quail
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  2. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Very cool! I'd like to volunteer at a wildlife center, but there aren't that many around here, so I'm planning on volunteering at local forest preserves when things warm up a little bit. There's one in town that actually has 3 eastern screech owls, so I wouldn't mind volunteering there :)
     
  3. eminart

    eminart Arachnopeon

    Not a "birder" per se, but I am a licensed falconer. I usually fly red tailed hawks, which is what I have currently.
     

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  4. lalberts9310

    lalberts9310 Arachnoprince

    I don't bird watch, but i do have a congo african grey that I love with every ounce of my heart. He follows me everywhere and makes the cutest noises when he gets excited to see me. He adores me and hates everyone else LOL. :angelic:
     
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  5. Illusion

    Illusion Arachnosquire

    Absolutely stunning hawk, i've always loved red tails, i wanted one for a very long time and had planned on getting one until my little rescued European buzzard came into my life :joyful:
     
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  6. Illusion

    Illusion Arachnosquire

    This is my owl, a vermiculated eagle owl.
    Shamefully I don't have any photos of my buzzard on here as it's quite a new lap top.
     

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  7. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Wow, that's awesome @eminart and @Illusion that you have your own raptors! My girlfriend wants to get an owl at some point, but not sure how easy that is to do lol. If nothing else, we might do some volunteering at a wildlife center or bird banding station so we can still be close to birds like that.
     
  8. TomM

    TomM Arachnobaron of Pennsylvania

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    I would say that the volunteering at a wildlife center is the best idea. That's what I do and I love it. Plus, I don't have to worry about the owls and red tail hawk every day since there are other volunteers that also do a great job taking care of the birds.
     
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  9. Fishcrunch

    Fishcrunch Arachnosquire

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    Lol you might want to tell her to have a more reasonable dream, like a conure or something. ;)
     
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  10. schmiggle

    schmiggle Arachnoprince Active Member

    My grandfather owned a horned owl in college. He claims that he used to fly it down the dorm halls, and that he would tie a string around its leg and his wrist at night, so that every time it hooted he could tug the string and it would stop. Not sure if that changes reasonableness, but it's a cute story anyway. He later gave it to the museum of science in boston.
     
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  11. Sajaha

    Sajaha Arachnopeon

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    I work with raptors at a refuge. Just feeding, cleaning, daily care and sometimes handling for education programs. Really amazing creatures and truly captivating up close. We have a few parrots as well. I'm always up close to them if you have any questions.
     

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  12. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Very cool stuff all, thanks for sharing! :)
     
  13. twinkleyell

    twinkleyell Arachnopeon

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    i bird as well! i own four budgies. one day i hope to get either a senegal parrot or a cockatiel. theyre such cool dudes
     
  14. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Just came in today and managed to track down 42 species without hitting one of the biggest hotspots in the area. Probably would have hit 60 if I swung by there. Not a bad way to start the year!
     
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  15. Dennis Nedry

    Dennis Nedry Arachnolord Active Member

    I’ve had quite a few chickens over the past, currently have three and all are total characters. Have also had budgies and an eclectus parrot when I was little, unfortunately I didn’t really look after them properly as I was too young and my parents didn’t really care.

    As for wild birds I don’t exactly do much in the way of bird watching, but it’s always a treat to see any raptors flying around. Saw some Brahminy kites, ospreys and a white bellied sea eagle while in Western Australia. One of the people I was with got these two pics of the eagle 80DCDBFF-BA3F-407B-A786-C907137CB271.jpeg A841ED98-7C97-4D0B-97CF-440670A1C5A6.jpeg
     
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  16. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Gorgeous bird! It almost reminds me of the swallow-tailed kites we get in the US (minus the tails of course).
     
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  17. Clareesi

    Clareesi Arachnopeon Arachnosupporter

    I'm a birder! I actually have 3 rescue parrots currently and am an active outdoor birder as well :)
     
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  18. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Cracked 60 over the weekend with a list of 63 on Sunday. I'm trying to get out as much as possible to get ready for the birding festival in a couple weeks since I'm leading two trips.
     
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  19. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Great festival! The weather wasn't the most cooperative on Friday and Saturday, but the birders from all over seemed to have a good time. We even had people from Canada and Brazil attending. Lots of lifers for everyone and I even picked up a few too (take that nemesis bird, Morelet's seedeater).
     
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