Heron and ducks in the USA, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

17 August 2015

A Great Blue Heron walks near the edge of Sapsucker Pond next to the [Cornell] Lab of Ornithology. Mallard ducks can be found here sunning themselves on the rocks during the day.

Pileated woodpeckers, other birds, at Cornell, USA feeder

This video from the USA says about itself:

Pileated Woodpeckers on FeederWatch Cam, August 10, 2015

Pileated Woodpeckers, a female parent and fledgling visit the feeder at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Others birds in the video include a northern cardinal and an American goldfinch.

The smallest thrasher in North America, the sage thrasher is easy to overlook because of its relatively drab plumage and skulking behavior. These birds are well worth studying, however, and their beautiful voices are always worth a listen: here.

New bird book from the USA, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

The Living Bird Book Trailer

20 August 2015

The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature is a new hardcover book from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Oct. 15th, 2015 by Mountaineers Books). With over 200 images by award-winning photographer Gerrit Vyn and essays by Barbara Kingsolver, Jared Diamond, John W. Fitzpatrick, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Scott Weidensaul, the book celebrates our joyful and complex relationship with birds. “The birds sang us back to life…” —Barbara Kingsolver, from the Foreword. In 2015 the Lab celebrates its 100th anniversary as one of the world’s most prestigious and educationally progressive birding organizations. Available wherever books are sold; pre-order here.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York, is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. The nonprofit organization includes a vibrant community of 200,000 citizen-science participants from all walks of life, and 5 million bird enthusiasts of all ages who connect with them online at www.allaboutbirds.org. Learn more at www.birds.cornell.edu.

Window-view nest boxes, good for birds?

This video from Britain says about itself:

Blue Tit nest box – through the looking glass

13 July 2014

Nest box cameras are brilliant, but nothing beats watching the real thing LIVE. So I came up with the idea of making a backless nest box and sticking it to a window… and it worked! Here is some footage I recorded of the adults feeding almost fledged young.

NB. i made sure to cover up the window (with a bit of card), during the incubation stage, so as not to disturb the bird. once the chcks were well hatched i removed the card in stages, and the birds got used to it.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, from their NestWatch eNewsletter, July 2015:

Should You Try a Window-View Nest Box?

Stick-on window-view nest boxes are the latest trend in birdhouses, but is this a trend that will really stick around? You may be wondering if a window-view nest box is a smart choice for the birds or for you. No long-term studies have been done on these products, but this spring NestWatch staff placed four different models on our own windows to find out if birds would use them. Below are the results of our limited field trial.

Three out of the four window nest boxes have stayed in place since the spring, plenty of time for a full nesting cycle or even two. Unfortunately, one box fell down about six weeks in, which would have been long enough for a bird to build a nest and lay eggs. It should be noted that the box which fell was the only one that did not have overhead cover.

As for nests, no birds have nested in any of our boxes to date. All are as clean as the day they were installed; not a single feather exists as evidence that they were even inspected. Staff field testers also have “traditional” nest boxes mounted around our properties which were used by House Wren, Carolina Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, and Downy Woodpecker (roosting only). Perhaps if these birds had no other options, they would have used the window boxes, but with other choices available, they did not.

Does our field trial mean that these boxes aren’t appropriate? Not necessarily. Some birds, like people, are just bolder than others and may take to the boxes right away. Cissy Berner reports that Carolina Wrens have used the nest box … every year since 2013. Under certain circumstances, they may provide a needed cavity where no other options exist. For example, if you are noticing birds trying to nest in unsafe nooks, these boxes could provide alternative sites. But if you have the space, you can’t go wrong with a pole-mounted traditional box equipped with a predator guard. Alternatively, a hanging-style model works well in small spaces.

If you try it, choose a model that has the features of a good birdhouse, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mounting. Improper mounting can result in the box falling and possibly injuring birds, eggs, or even people. If you have experience with these boxes, good or bad, please tell us. Your diverse insights can only help us give better guidance in the future and maybe even drive better product design.

Cornell red-tailed hawk chicks have fledged

This video from the USa is called Cornell Hawks Highlights 2014.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

June 24, 2015

Up, up, and away…

One by one, the Cornell Hawks nestlings have departed the nest for their first flights. The oldest (nicknamed “F1”) took wing on June 21 and returned the next day to the platform. The youngest (F3) was the next to go, leaping from the platform at midday on June 22 after being harassed a bit by its remaining sibling. Not to be outdone, F2 departed the nest a few hours after F3, and now the young Red-tailed Hawks are busily exploring the nearby rooftops and treetops. Although Big Red and Ezra will continue to provide food and guidance for the fledgling hawks for another two months, the hawks will be seen on camera less as they range more widely.

Watch the Cam.

Hawk Chat Closing

With an empty nest now, the Cornell Hawks live chat is scheduled to wind down this coming Sunday, June 28, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. EDT. We’re looking forward to celebrating the season with another spectacular closing this year. Thanks to everyone for watching and sharing the experience!

Cornell young red-tailed hawks fledging?

This video from the USA is called Cornell Hawks 2015-Post-Hatch.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA writes:

June 16, 2015

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

The hour is rapidly approaching when the young Cornell Hawks will take their first flight! If past years are any indication, one nestling will likely leave the nest in the next couple days, with its siblings soon to follow (click for an overview of the dates). Viewers have been on the edges of their seats during animated bouts of “wingercizing” and awkward near-falls as the young hawks explore ever closer to the platform’s edge. But between these bursts of activity you’re likely to see them still clustered together in the nest, watching the hours pass until their world widens.

Even after the hawks leave the nest, Big Red and Ezra will continue to look after them. Parents catch birds and small mammals to feed the youngsters for their first three weeks after fledging and may help supplement their youngsters’ diets for eight weeks or more while the young learn to hunt on their own. We’ll also share reports from our Birders-on-the-Ground (BOGs) who keep an eye out on campus as the young stray farther from the nest. During this time, the cam will stay active as our volunteer cam operators search for the young hawks amid the rooftops and lightposts of central Cornell campus.

Don’t miss out on the first flight! Join us for chat and share the excitement with the community. Watch the Cam.

Great hornbill painting, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

Jane Kim–Painting the Great Hornbill

29 April 2015

Artist Jane Kim discusses painting the Great Hornbill for the Wall of Birds mural at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

See also here.