Northern cardinal fledgling video


This video from the USA says about itself:

28 August 2016

Newly fledged Northern Cardinal is still being fed by the parents while learning what food is good to eat by trial and error. This is the second brood for these Cardinals – by leaving the nest in late August the young will have plenty of time to be ready for winter. Blue Jays, Woodpeckers and Cardinals all have had two broods this year.

Biggest Daubenton’s bats colony found


This video shows Daubenton’s bats at the Kapellbrücke bridge in Lucerne in Switzerland in 2007.

Research has found out that the biggest Daubenton’s bats colony in the Netherlands is in the church of Metslawier village in Friesland province: 270 bats.

These animals eat mainly moths and mosquitoes.

Abused toucan Grecia can sing, eat again


This video from Costa Rica says about itself:

One Brave Toucan

22 August 2016

The victim of extreme animal cruelty, Grecia the toucan arrived at the ZooAve Rescue Center without the top half of its beak. As his caregivers work to find a solution, they admire Grecia’s bravery throughout his ordeal.

ZooAve is in Alajuela. I was in Alajuela. Later, I also saw toucans in Costa Rica; both in the wild and in an another rescue center.

Grecia is a chestnut-mandibled toucan.

From NPR in the USA:

After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against Abuse

August 27, 201611:45 AM ET

Remember the toucan in Costa Rica who had its upper beak hacked off by a perpetrator who was never found?

Well, here’s an update to a story we first told you about last year. And, spoiler alert — it has a happy ending.

Local residents brought the bird to a nearby animal rescue center. And thanks to its dedicated workers, amazing doctors and engineers, the toucan now has a prosthetic beak.

That new beak and Grecia, as the bird’s called, went on public display just this last week at ZooAve, a private animal rescue center about 30 minutes outside Costa Rica’s capitol.

Nine-year-old Leonardo Jimenez was thrilled to finally see the bird.

“This is the third time I’ve tried to see Grecia,” he says.

Jimenez started following Grecia’s plight ever since the bird was brought here in January, 2015. Nearly its entire top beak was cut off.

“She was really bad off,” says ZooAve caretaker Ronald Sibaja. “All that was left of the top beak was a jagged bloody stump”.

Sibaja refers to Grecia as “she,” although no one knows its gender. It would have to take a blood test to determine its sex, an added stress Sibaja says the injured bird didn’t need.

“When the veterinarian did that first exam we all thought she would have to be euthanized,” says Sibaja.

Toucans need their beaks for everything from eating to regulating body temperature. But he says you could tell Grecia wanted to live. She sang as best she could and would try to eat.

Sibaja says he had read about eagles and ducks getting prosthetic beaks and suggested one for Grecia.

When the decision was made to get the bird a new beak, news of Grecia and her prosthesis campaign went viral. A 3-D printing company from the U.S. with partners in Costa Rica signed on to make the beak.

Filmmaker Paula Heredia documented Grecia’s year-long recovery for Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet.

“Everybody was working for free, all the group of scientists,” Heredia says, including a dentist, experts in nanotechnology and industrial designers.

In the end, Grecia was fitted with a synthetic beak, made of nylon assembled in a 3-D laser printer.

The beak was made in two parts. The top was glued to Grecia’s stump with a special epoxy, and the longer, second part is attached with a pin. That way the beak can be removed for periodic cleaning.

ZooAve caretakers decided to leave the synthetic beak white and not paint it. They say they didn’t want to cover up the abuse Grecia had suffered.

Filmmaker Heredia says Grecia’s rehabilitation was inspiring, but equally motivating was how this small bird sparked a national movement for animal rights. Under current Costa Rican law, there’s no punishment other than a minuscule fine to whoever brutalized the toucan.

“So when the case of Grecia happened and it went so viral around the world, Grecia became this icon for this changing in the law,” says Heredia.

Animal rights activist Juan Carlos Peralta says citizens had gotten a ban on hunting wild animals passed, but that a bill to protect and punish animal abusers had stalled over the last years in the legislature.

“Grecia motivated and moved our entire country to do more,” Peralta says.

Costa Ricans held rallies in support of the new anti-abuse bill. Just last Sunday, they held another march down the capital’s main street chanting “no to animal abuse.” And they gathered signatures to get the bill made into law.

ZooAve animal caretaker Ronald Sibaja is hopeful the bill will pass by the end of the year. He says he believes there’s a reason why things happen the way they do.

“What happened to Grecia was terrible,” he says. “But it brought awareness of animal abuse in our country,” says Sibaja.

Now he says he hopes something good will come out of something so ugly yet again.

Starling nestboxes around football grounds


This July 2016 video is about hanging nest boxes for starlings around the office of the Dutch football association.

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands:

23 August 2016 – Dutch football association KNVB calls on its members to hang up nest boxes for starlings around the soccer grounds. Starlings eat larvae that damage the fields. The association gave a good example and put a number of nest boxes around their head office in Zeist. BirdLife in the Netherlands supports this call because things go badly for starlings.

Birds at Cornell University feeders, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Species Diversity at the Cornell Feeders

17 August 2016

We had a nice display of species diversity in this short clip taken from the Cornell Feeder Watch cam this afternoon! Can you name them all? Answers Below!

Did you guess right? We observed a Northern Cardinal (female), Mourning Dove, House Finch, Common Grackle, and Downy Woodpecker!

Bird migration in Israel, video


This 26 August 2016 video is about bird migration in Israel.

Bald-faced hornet nest in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

25 August 2016

Large Bald Faced Hornet nest in a tree with some nice bird calls in the background. These are dangerous hornets and they typically build their nests in trees in the wild and near houses so if one accidentally disturbs them while mowing or trimming trees you won’t outrun them. The worker hornets here are diligently making the nest even bigger. When found away from any human habitation like this nest it’s best just to leave them alone as they are in fact quite beneficial by preying on other harmful insects – all in the balance of Nature. Interestingly, if you are quiet you can film them quite closely as here with a cell phone – they have guard hornets posted who are always on the lookout for anything threatening so best to give these nests a wide berth.

Dolichovespula maculata is a eusocial wasp of the cosmopolitan family Vespidae. Its colloquial names include the bald-faced hornet, bald hornet, white-faced hornet, white-tailed hornet, blackjacket, and bull wasp.