1. We have specially designed traps - it’s basically a cylindrical drop net with a top/bottom and a feeder in the middle; when they land and sit, the person trapping drops the main net so they can’t leave, then catches them out of the trap by hand.

  2. Really fascinating, thanks. I’ve volunteered with a wildlife rescue for a couple of years now so I too sometimes get the privilege of holding hummingbirds, but we don’t have to trap them or band them. We band bigger birds while they’re with us just so we can tell patients apart.

  3. You’re welcome! The group I band with is all volunteer - it’s Hummingbird Monitoring Network; a lot of banding is done volunteer as well.

  4. Many of them are also migrating, too.

  5. These are Anna's so it would have to be a very local migration.

  6. Probably chased off then by the older one - and more awake yeah, if he’s been there the last six months he’s definitely a resident.

  7. I have a parrot and a betta…. The betta’s pretty much a very tiny scaly cat.

  8. Adding that hummingbirds definitely know. My family had a feeder up at the house and when it was empty, the one resident male would hover by the kitchen window around the time Mom would go out there in the morning and start tapping on it as soon has he saw movement.

  9. Okay but that looks like a fledgling which means VERY ANGRY YOU ARE NOT GIVING FOOD.

  10. And not all parrots are capable of moving their upper as well. The species that have are usually incredibly skilled at manipulation.

  11. … it’s… actually one of the traits of all psitticaformes? It’s a defining trait for anything referred to as a “parrot”, including budgies, cockatoos, cockatiels, etc.

  12. Strange. I remember my cockatoo, cockatiel and conure and never remember their uppers moving - at least not to an extreme degree like this one.

  13. They definitely can! I’ve seen all three of those do it and double-checked scientific documentation.

  14. Parrot challenge. See how well you can do with him “helping” XD

  15. You uh. Might want to look up “human zoos” and some history.

  16. Yes. But I wonder how humans would show up

  17. ……. Well in Re-arise a human raised in the digital world just gets called “Mon” because they have no clue what else to do…

  18. So we were in a 3.5 campaign where a great wyrm red dragon was basically sweeping across the landscape torching things and occasionally allowing those who took over places in its name and paid tribute to survive for a while. We slipped into a city under the control of a mage who worked for it, investigating some underground ruins. When we got back to the entry chamber, the mage and his personal guard were waiting for us demanding what we’d found. Thanks to dumb luck and managing to get the mage next to our fighter he’d caused to “cannot tell friend from foe” berserk, we managed to kill him instead of escaping, thereby removing our immediate arc antagonist when we first met him.

  19. Oooof! Once when I was younger in Alaska I was out gathering high bush cranberries with friends - saw them pulling off a baneberry bush because they weren’t paying attention to the leaves. Luckily they listened to me and threw out everything in the bowl before anyone put any in their mouth.

  20. The migration times at the site I band at have been slowly shifting earlier for both legs of the trip - very slowly, but it’s been ongoing for a few years now, and it’s getting to where we had to adjust our schedule to compensate. Unfortunately I don’t know if the Ruby throats have been similarly drifting.

  21. I work in a hospital - our area’s rural and low population density, which helped; we were never one of the hardest hit areas, even at the worst of the pandemic when going into work looked like a scene from The Stand.

  22. problem is, we have this data, in several nuanced versions including this one. it does not matter to those who do not like us, because they are not arguing in good faith, and their "we dont know enough" is completely dishonest.

  23. It’s more to build up enough to hit people over the head with and cover all possible arguments they might use to sway people who are undecided or not invested.

  24. I may be remembering wrong but I don't think the machines ate people. The Faro Plague is what caused the extinction.

  25. The biofuel machines WERE the “Faro Plague”.

  26. My Tortle was close to that AC. (Ofc was also a diviner wizard themself so)

  27. Magic items + shell. Varn would just be the one throwing portents around themself.

  28. We’ve had the local acorn and gila woodpeckers family go in the traps during hummingbird banding sessions to hit the feeders. (Also a juvenile oriole once who would not leave.)

  29. Mine will hang out on the stand next to my betta tank - it’s kinda funny b/c it turns into “bird watching fish watching bird watching fish”.

  30. I call Lotte my backup alarm clock. She knows my schedule and will start calling if I’m not up on time - which is a tragedy on days off and has saved my ass on work days before. The only thing she doesn’t do it for is my hummingbird banding, because I get up before dawn on those days and all I get from her is the most tiny, bewildered, annoyed “goodnight”.

  31. Agree with whats been said, Id also add, be aware of other sounds, background noise (Planes, Cars, Clothing Rustling, Ice Cracking, Rustling/Windy Leaves etc...) Sometimes odd background noise has tripped some rare bird IDs for me.

  32. Mockingbirds also are fun with it - we have some in our area who are a trip when they get going if you’ve got sound ID on.

  33. Not sure. All I know is that they are common around the north west, and are able to hibernate during cold spells.

  34. Male Anna’s hummingbird! They will actually hang out in your area over winter when other species are migrating!

  35. But yeah and the person who's touching it should probably let go of it cuz it's poisonous how is it poisonous what it eats I wish I could tell more but I don't remember much

  36. They eat jellyfish and store the stinging cells for self defense - which means it’s basically like getting stung by ten to twenty jellyfish at once.

  37. Pretty sure that’s actually a dumb fledgling still figuring out how to hunt.

  38. Switch version worked fine here - just be warned it eats battery power like a chipmunk in a peanut bowl when played “portable”.

  39. Lotte was six months old when we got her (/him, we don’t actually know) and had to be on antibiotics for a few weeks - which was not easy. She’s now 25, gets any bird safe food we’re eating + lots of veggies, likes to pick the seeds off strawberries and demand that her grapes be cut up before she’ll eat them, gets Bond Villain Pet time when I’m gaming, and likes to nap in my clean pajamas.

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