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Osprey struggling to get off the water

This is beautiful slow-motion footage from the BBC of an osprey trying to lift off with a heavy fish.  Unfortunately, the narration repeats an old myth that an osprey’s talons lock and can’t be released and therefore a strong and heavy fish can pull an osprey underwater and drown it. Osprey can definitely release fish […]

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What to do about this window dove nest?

Question #1: This bird made a nest next to my kitchen window. What kind of bird is this? Submitted by: Samantha, New York City, New York USA Question #2: A pair of mourning doves have made their nest on the outside windowsill of my home office on the 6th floor of an apartment building. At […]

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Move a bird nest?

The Question: I have a mallard hen laying eggs (11 so far) in a flower pot on the end of my dock and I’m loving it. The problem is we are getting a new dock in a few weeks. If I move the pot 20-25 yards away to the neighbor’s dock will Mama duck be […]

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Ducky questions

Because they are such common and charismatic birds now found nearly worldwide, and many people enjoy seeing them and adopting them, at least in spirit, I frequently get questions about mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). What follows is a small collection of mallard questions and answers. (click on photos and graphics to expand) 1. Can this mallard hen […]

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What is chasing these birds?

The Question: It’s VERY hot and humid here in Milwaukee – the cicadas and other insects seem to be the only ones enjoying it. Last night while walking my dog about dusk, I saw two different mourning doves being “chased” by something about 1.5 inches (4 cm) or so. The bird was flying quickly – […]

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