Young Dutch coots fed American crayfish


This 20 July 2017 video is about a coot nest in Leidschendam in the Netherlands. A parent feeds its two youngsters bits of invasive American crayfish.

Coots are mainly vegetarian, but young birds do get meat.

P. Mos made this video.

Hummingbird fall migration already in Texas summer


This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

Early Morning Frenzy, Plus a Rufous Hummingbird! – July 12, 2017

Watch this zen moment as the sun starts to peek over the mountains outside of Fort Davis, TX. One of the first flame-tinged Rufous Hummingbirds pops on cam during the frenzy. Can you spot him?

The West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam is nestled in the mountains outside Fort Davis, Texas, at an elevation of over 6200 feet. This site hosts a total of 24 Perky Pet Grand Master hummingbird feeders, and during peak migration can attract hundreds of hummingbirds from a dozen species that are migrating through the arid mountains.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

Species Diversity Heating Up In West Texas

The hummingbird numbers are increasing on the West Texas hummingbird cam, and as fall migration draws closer, feeding frenzies will soon become an all-day activity at the Perky-Pet® Grand Master hummingbird feeder. Not only has the sheer abundance of hummingbirds increased, but various new species have also hovered into view for the first time this year. In recent weeks, Lucifer Hummingbirds, Rufous Hummingbirds, and Calliope Hummingbirds have all visited for a quick sip of nectar. What will be next? There’s only one way to find out—watch the cam.

Learn more about the jewels of West Texas by trying your hand at the Perky-Pet West Texas Hummingbird Trivia Quiz. If you get stuck on a question, check out the Cornell Lab’s All About Birds species guide for clues. Three lucky participants will be chosen from those who answer correctly to walk away with a brand new hummingbird feeder from our sponsors at Perky-Pet!

Rare Amur falcon in Cornwall


This video says about itself:

Amur Falcon (Falco amurensis) a first summer female, filmed at Polgigga, Cornwall, UK, on 7th July 2017 with a Nikon CoolPix P900.

For information about the status and distribution of this species, see here.

This species breeds in Asia and is very rare in Europe. Two years ago, the first one ever was seen in France.

There was a sad story of many of these small falcons being killed in Nagaland in India while on their migration all the way to Africa. Fortunately, that stopped later.

Young jay and its mother


This 18 July 2017 video shows a young jay pulling at its mother’s feathers.

Bastiaan Schut made this video in the North Holland sand dunes in the Netherlands.