Talk to Other Birdwatchers

There are a number of sites on the web that allow you to share sightings and observations of birds.



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Bird Forum

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RSBP Community Chat

BirdForum is the net’s largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.



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Global tools for birders, critical data for science. Record the birds you see, and…

  • Keep track of your bird lists
  • Explore dynamic maps and graphs
  • Share your sightings and join the eBird community
  • Contribute to science and conservation


A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.

eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence. For example, in May 2015, participants reported more than 9.5 million bird observations across the world!

The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. eBird then shares these observations with a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists. In time these data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond.


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40 thoughts on “Talk to Other Birdwatchers”

  1. Rosemarie Yacobucci

    Hello, I need help with my blue birds and chickadee’s. A pair of bluebirds took a chickadees nest in my bird house and are now building a nest. I read that bluebirds and chickadees can have nests in bird houses fairly close by. So I put up a second bird house about 100 feet away with cypress trees in between. Now, the bluebirds have driven off the chickadees from both house. The bluebirds have now begun building a second nest in the new bird house ignoring the first. Both sets of birds now appear to be gone. I have two empty bird houses with partial built nests in each. Can I do anything to get either pair, or both, back?? Thank you

    1. My usual response is to just leave things alone. This is what happens in nature and there’s not much to do except maybe put up more bird houses. The more homes, the more birds, to a certain extent.

  2. I need some advice. It is October in New England and we have a dozen (6 couples) bluebirds frequenting our feeder twice daily… one pair have taken up examining our bluebird box and appear to be building a nest…I’m not aware that they flocked quite like that or were interested in building nests this late in the year…my question is simple, is this kind of behavior typical and can i expect them to winter over … perhaps using the box for shelter…thanks

  3. Hello I need some advice, I’m not very experience with bird identification. I was wondering if its possible to identify a bird species using their excrement.

    Currently my house seems to be a resting point for a kestrel and I’ve seen and heard it a couple of times . I live my family and, a couple of them are upset with the bird poop stains we find outside on the patio. The poop stains seem to be where the kestrel like to rest , but I don’t think the stains are caused by the kestrel because, I believe kestrel like most predatory bird produce scat and not the white poop stains I see outside.

    I live in a tropical country and our kestrel is a tiny thing that prey on lizards, small mammals and small invertebrates. Could it be that it diet has resulted in its excrement being different than other falcon species ? At my house we have several birds species as residents so I’m not sure who is the culprit

  4. I found my way here after looking up why so many birds in my neighborhood are now singing beginning At roughly 2:30 am. This began about a year ago and I believe that may coincide with the village replacing all of the street light bulbs with much more powerful LED lights. Another difference in the lights is that they are much cooler in color temp. I see that a number of studies highlight this issue.

    How do I find local experts how can help me make a case to my village to resolve the problem? I think the best way to foster change is to provide a more cost effective solution that meets both needs or a modification that is inexpensive. To do this, I need to better understand the problem.

  5. I was watching this flock of Canada geese in Norfolk Va June 8th when a mated pair of black bellied whistling ducks flew in. They hung out testingbfor about an hour before moving out heading north. They are not very common here in Virginia. I’ve only seen them in Florida once before. Very cool.

  6. Hi everyone,

    I have been taking care of a common house sparrow for a week now and everything is going well (I do it every year). However, I just found a young (unable to fly) common blackbird chick that was also attacked by a cat. I can’t find anything about their relationship as a species and was wondering if I could put them in the same cage as I only have one.
    I would really appreciate all suggestions!

    1. You could, but you are better off giving the birds to a wildlife rehab center. By the way, it’s best to leave baby birds alone and not try to raise them. Even if you rescued it from a cat, you should release it as soon as it is safe to do so as the parents are around somewhere. Almost never a good thing to cage a wild bird.

  7. I live in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area. We have a bird in the evergreens surrounding our property that has a call we are unfamiliar with (we can’t seem to spot the bird.)
    It sounds like whicha whicha whicha whicha. Any ideas?

  8. Hello! I need assistance, please, with a grackle I found as a nestling. It is now 6 weeks old and has a terrible cough, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. When it comes back from flying around outside it can hardly breath.
    I currently am using Amtyl. We are on day 5 now and the symptoms are not as severe but it’s pretty bad.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

      1. Carolina Wrens are among the species that call or sing at night. Could be territorial, could be predators, could be a source of light nearby. Can’t be specific about your particular situation.

  9. I am curious as to why Carolina wrens- which are plentiful here in Tallahasse- make contented little chirpy sounds well into the night, when birds are supposedly asleep.
    I know it’s the wrens because they occasionally make the same sound during the day.

  10. Anna Santacroce

    I have been bird-watching, lately! I have seen (and took pictures of) the Florida Sandhill Crane. I recently took an Ecology course and excelled on the PowerPoint presentation that I drafted about the Florida Sandhill Crane. This bird is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. When I saw this book, I had actually been walking over to some parcels that are for sale (with commercial zoning powers) that I hope to connect with some LAND CONSERVATIONISTS for. When I have my computer upgraded, I will put up the photo(s) of the Florida Sandhill Crane.

    I have also seen a blue bird, and a black bird with a red floppy top.

  11. Great article !. I’ve also noticed and it’s very fascinating their yearly habits that I found described here Great article on owl houses. They have fascinating yearly habits that I found described here

  12. HELP Needed-I found a small bird laying egg in myplant pot yday and then all afternoon yday shes made a very weak nest around it yday and today I saw a second egg. She was sitting on it all through the evening today and when it was dark and started cold I though of putting some newspapers around the nest for the mama bird, as it will be quite chilly at night where the pot is placed, however my this stupid act scared the mother bird off and not yet returned since around 2 hours now. Am worried if its lost its way in the night. If its not returning, is there something to be done to keep the eggs warm

    1. Aside from the fact that it is extremely difficult to raise a wild bird from an egg, if she was incubating the egg, then after two hours the egg is dead. Once incubation starts, any lengthy interruption will cause the eggs to go bad. Don’t do anything. Let nature take its course. Maybe the eggs haven’t been incubated and the parent will return.

  13. Justyouraveragebirder

    I saw this bird today that looks about the size, beak shape, and gait and flight as a goldfinch, but it had many black stripes all over itself, including on the top of its head. This bird also had yellow patches on its sides, leading me to believe it was a yellow rumped warbler, but I thought it was slightly darker than this. What is this bird?

  14. Justyouraveragebirder

    (By darker I mean the stripes were darker, not the bird itself. Also the belly was pale yellow.)

  15. Justyouraveragebirder

    I saw a bird that looked and moved like a goldfinch, and had a similar beak shape, but it had black stripes on everywhere except its pale yellow belly, (including on its head) and it had yellow patches on its sides. What is this bird?
    Also, a robin keeps running into my window. Is there anything I can do about this?

  16. Hallo nice people,

    A few years ago I watched a video about a bird that looks like a pigeon. The bird has a peculiar style, it dances when eating. The bird tapped her wings to the floor every time it moves. I have searched for that video again but no luck. Can anybody inform me the name of that unique bird? Thank you in advance for your kind response.

    Best regards, 


  17. hey , I accidentally plucked a nested-leaf of a tailorbird on a jasmine plant yesterday. It had two eggs in it. I didn’t know what to do so i taped it to the part where I pluck with Duct Tape. Today when I checked it again,I saw 3 eggs in it (which means the bird has come and laid another egg) . But I see that the leaf which i taped again is drying slowly.
    PS: The bird has built its nest in a seperate leaf such a way that it hangs down fromthe main plant.
    What can i do now?

    awaiting quick response as it is an emergency.

  18. I live in the Piedmont part of North Carolina. My yard is about 1/4 acre. Last spring I had bluebirds and mocking birds nesting in my yard at the same time. This year the mockingbirds have become very territorial and will not let the bluebirds have a second clutch in the nest boxes I’ve placed. I’ve tried moving the nest boxes for the bluebirds to the side of the yard and the mocking birds still chase them away when the bluebirds go into the nest box. Any thoughts on how to solve this other than to destroy the mocking bird nest? I really don’t want to do that because the mocking birds have 4 eggs. The bluebirds had already built their nest in the nest box, but hadn’t laid a second clutch yet.

    1. It is illegal under federal law to destroy bird nests, of course. Your best solution is to put up more nest boxes. I’ve put lots in my back yard and that seems to avoid such problems.

  19. Hi everyone, i couldn’t find a spot on the site to add a new string so sorry to tag onto this one, hopefully someone sees my post and can help me. I have a species of bird on my property in the spring to early fall that i have never been able to spot in the tree tops but it has the most reminiscent sound, it sounds like a whirley tube toy i had as a kid! does anyone know what type of bird it is. I live in Northern BC
    Any help would be appreciated, i have scoured the bird call sites trying to look it up and i don’t have room on my cell for apps so i can’t try that avenue 🙂


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    This digital haven for avian aficionados has a resounding goal: to harness the collective power of both amateur and professional birdwatchers to amass a colossal wealth of data on bird species abundance and distribution. The sheer volume of bird observations flooding in from across the globe is awe-inspiring. In a single month, such as May 2015, eBird hosted over 9.5 million bird observations—truly a testament to the passion and dedication of the birding community.
    As someone who shares an unwavering passion for our feathered friends, I’m thrilled to witness the strides eBird is making. Much like my blog’s mission, eBird is cultivating a shared community of educators, conservationists, and researchers, all fueled by the common goal of unraveling the mysteries of avian distribution and behavior. Join me in celebrating this extraordinary endeavor and delve into more avian wonders on my blog!
    Let’s soar together in the world of birds and contribute to the thriving eBird network that is reshaping how we understand and appreciate our feathered companions. ?? #BirdingCommunity #eBirdEnthusiast

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