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So it turns out alpine swifts don’t actually need to touch down too often during migration.

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here is a nother kind a plover. taken from blog on my first inaugraurlua thursburd:

It’s where I talk about a bird on a thursday and post pictures from my travels of birds I have seen.

The first bird is a Killdeer, which does not kill deer. It is too much of a lanky dysfunctional teen to do that. Instead it runs around and makes meeping sounds.





It is a shorebird, though it does not stay on the shores. It is a bird found just about anywhere in North America, flitting about fields and parking lots and making meeping sounds. It is a plover.

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It’s pretty dorky and looks dorky. It has too many bowties on its body and has big ol’ eyes that it stares at you with before going the heck away because it get nervous when you look at it.

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It will walk about secret-like to check on you and to make sure you’re still not looking feeling like it’s some kind of super sleuth. Nope we can still see you.

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Most birds build nest in trees, right? Well, the killdeer doesn’t have any ambition, never learned to move out from the parents’ basement and it makes its nest in a hole in the ground. That’s right, just scratch a notch in the ground, put some light-colored rocks and sticks around it for decoration and call it a day. The eggs are speckly for camouflage so they’ll look like rocks.

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Congrats, Killdeer, you're the first thursday bird. Let’s see you take a spill once more

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This post leaves out the best part of killdeer:

The Delicious Dance

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Why do they call it a killdeer, anyways? Is there a particular reason for it? Is it the sound they make, is there some story about them being involved in deer deaths, or what?

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Plovers are total assholes and divebomb the shit out of everything here. They're a pest because they chase away hawks, which keep other pest populations in check around crops!

There used to be a flock of them behind my dad's house, and they would get into turf wars with the black backed seagull flock. It was interesting to watch.

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Wikipedia, y'all Wrote:[The killdeer] is named onomatopoeically after its call.

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(04-11-2014 06:05 AM)Dragon Fogel Wrote:  Why do they call it a killdeer, anyways? Is there a particular reason for it? Is it the sound they make, is there some story about them being involved in deer deaths, or what?

Like many birds, it's after their call imperfectly translated to our language through someone's perspective one time.
(04-11-2014 05:36 AM)SleepingOrange Wrote:  This post leaves out the best part of killdeer:

The Delicious Dance

killdeers fake-gimp around to lead predators away from their nests
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Thursday Bird: Western Gull
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Today’s Thursburd is the western gull. It is a gull that is in the west usa on beaches.

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Gulls generally live a long time compared to other birds, probably because of their smartness. They can use tools and do tricks to get food like using bread to catch fish. A wikipedia page says: “Thousands of gulls fly over AT&T Park in San Francisco during late innings of games. They swarm the field, defecate on fans, and after games eat leftovers of stadium food in the seats; how the birds know when games are about to end is unknown.” It’s probably because they are smart. Western Gulls live on average to be 15 years old but can reach high 20s or maybe even thirties.

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They mate in colonies on rocks and little islands in the ocean or on coasts. Lots of western gulls on a rock. Sometimes they hybridize with glaucuous-winged gulls and maybe there are some here but I wouldn’t know. Western Gulls have darker grey wings than many other gulls. Also I think this is too far south for glaucuous winged gulls.

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Gull pairs are monogamous and they mate for life, maintaining a territory on their colony’s rock with shifting boundaries for as long as the male is alive. Some colonies though have a higher female-male ratio and lesbian pairs form. They raise a single nest with a clutch of eggs from both together. 10-15 percent of female western gulls in some populations have been seen exhibiting lesbianosity.





They be aggressive about the territories. W. out fellow





As you can see in the video above of seagulls bathing (because I guess all that time on rocks and in saltwater makes you feel grimy), juvenile western gulls look different from adult western gulls. All gulls go through a few different models/makes, usually looking all speckled and whatnot before emerging as their final forme.

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go seagull go. even though “seagull” is not a proper term (it’s just gull), you are often found by the sea so you are stuck with it while being this week’s Thursburd.

this week’s thursburd in pictures from Cannon Beach, Oregon

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>>>>>>>> International migratory bird day is
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>>>>>>>> today. it is also my birthday so if
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>>>>>>>> ! but if u do, make a wish on a little
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>>>>>>>> o fruition! yes!!

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hello birdthread I haven't been here in a while

here are some photos I took when I was home during the easter break

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also here's a video



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you bunch of dickcissels. godwitted dowitchers. whippoorwills.



there I cursed you something fierce

e: not sadgi or cyber you guys are exempt from those curses thank you

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I mentioned on chat times that I took a video of a seagull eating a cupcake wrapper






and here it is



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(04-11-2014 05:36 AM)SleepingOrange Wrote:  This post leaves out the best part of killdeer:

The Delicious Dance

last year I saw the delicious dance up close and personal. My harrowing encounter is here

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Thursday Bird: More Killdeers

One year ago, on the second Thursday of April, I started posting about Birds on/around Thursdays. Now it is a year later so I give you More Killdeers.

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Paralleling the cycle of rebirth and growth of spring around us, the regal killdeer will take us on a trip through the life cycle. With the killdeer, it’ll be a real doozy because of how refined and sophisticated and not completely absurd the killdeer is as an avian being. Let’s take a seat and watch







Last time I said the killdeer just lays its eggs on the ground without a nest and the eggs are camoflauged and I bet it would have been helpful to see that well now you can!! How long will it take for you to find the eggs







The best part of all of the killdeer is its ‘broken wing dance.’ It’s not a dance as much as it is a decoy hobble. Since nest building is not a killdeer hobby, it uses its body to protect its carton o’ eggs. More specifically it bumbles around and makes its meeping sounds trying to look as gimped up as possible to draw predators away from the nest, then later gives its pursuers a rude slip through the sewers.







What might a little killdeer look like once it hatches? Like a mini version of the regular one! but fluffier.



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Here’s a size comparison if you don’t believe me that it’s like the other one but smaller




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The fancy term for a bird that hatches walk-ready and raring-to-go (and doesn’t have to be fed in a nest) is precocial. Killdeer chicks are also precious, and precise. Watch this homing baby find its way to the parent long after the sun has gone down. (Killdeer are active at both day and night - you can hear them meep all throughout the night)






And as the baby is left to its own devices, it is now ready to depart on its journey. Happy one anniversary friend, go now fulfill your destiny as thursburd again

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Why didn't you stop that bird?

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Why didn't you apprehend, incarcerate that bird. Slap some chains on it and feed it to another bird.

To make the bird vortex

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Wheat
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Seagulls eat garbage all the time. They do what they want. Many live around dumps. I'm not going to stop a seagull from living its dreams.

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tangent - I try to take naturalist look to birdery - observe and try not to impact their natural actions too much. you can ask how this fits into birds living in an obviously far-from-nature, modern industrialized world and that's a good question. also you can ask 'then how is it okay to feed and build houses for birds' and i'd say that's related to the first question - there are lesser food sources and hollowed out trees in a human developed area so it sort of counteracts it to provide a setting where birds can coexist with humans and we can observe what they would be doing if this was wilderness

Though, then, if that's the case, then what would a paper cupcake wrapper correspond with in nature that a bird like that might eat? Paper with chocolate remnants on it is something that is only possible by human-processed means. So you have good reason to ask why I wouldn't stop a bird from eating paper. I guess the answer would be that seagulls have proved to have a niche in human settings through their flexible, unpicky diets letting them pick up scraps that fall from people's activities and i'm letting them do their thing

it's not a very good answer
Besides it looked like paper and ive eaten paper before without feeling bad afterwards


it's even high in fiber

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Wheat. Does this mean if humans never existed, there would be little difference in the population of seagulls worldwide today?
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The naturalist approach is bomb diggity, ecology major here to verify

A boyfriend of mine (who currently works in forestry looking at biological control of key pest species) noticed gulls (species uncertain, probably Dominican; he's going to try ID them properly next time he's at the site) eating Huhu beetles that are attracted to floodlights at the processing station for a pine plantation. Huhus are a big, robust, native beetle whose larvae live in rotting wood.

Gulls are not known for selectively preying on these beetles, so this could be a behavioural response to living in an biospherically scant habitat like an artificial pine forest! He's going to submit the observation to an ornithological journal, in case some gull-loving graduate down the track decides to put together a research proposal for studying how gull feeding patterns vary over space and time or what have you, and needs stuff in scientific journals to show that there's cool things up worth studying.

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(05-11-2015 03:19 AM)ICantGiveCredit Wrote:  
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Wheat. Does this mean if humans never existed, there would be little difference in the population of seagulls worldwide today?
I don't know the answer to that question now, but it could give me something to look into over my upcoming week off.

My initial impression is that there would definitely be a difference in gull populations or habits, differing among species. There are many different species of gulls, with very varying habits in different habitats. One basic thing would be species of gulls that are arctic specialists would probably be better off without humans (and the anthropogenic warming that comes with it). Gulls that nest in specific places that are vulnerable to human development would have a harder time, where more flexible nesters might do better, filling in the places that other organisms no longer able to adapt to human-made change creates. There's a downside to nesting around some human habitats in that they might be ecological traps. An example of this was given in a video about pelicans linked earlier in thread - pelicans that nest in australia in cities don't have as much room and are vulnerable to pollutants as opposed to ones that nest during 5-year floods.

Scavenger gulls also would do better in an environment that's been torn down for mono-cropping (having a square mile of Corn and Nothing But is not something found in nature, guys. I don't know of any gulls that eat corn, but blackbirds, grackles, sparrows and starlings are so common because they do eat corn, along with birds that usually nest on forest edges - which is an environment created far more than once was when you have artificial clearings for agriculture).

Some species of gull stay out to sea and wouldn't be as affected by human presence than more inland and coastal gulls. (That is, formerly; projections of ocean acidification from carbon emissions guess there will be profound effects on oceanic food chains) In America, the commonly-seen gulls inland are Herring Gulls and Ring-Billed Gulls. Herring gulls are common worldwide and fun fact:
Fact Seagull Fact Seagull is a Herring Gull.

Schaz I'd love to read your boyfriend's papes when it's available.

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I'd probably have to request he put up a separate PDF of it, as Notornis (The journal he'd be submitting it to) shoves their less-than-one-year old stuff behind a membership paywall.

It looks like people can submit any old observation of interest as a Short Note, though. Anything on this page with a single/two-page count would be the kind of submission we're talking about, although obviously people submit the findings from robustly-designed studies and junk, too.

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I didn't know gulls could eat that many things.

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