Cedar waxwings are back in Canada


This 2020 video says about itself:

Canada: Country of the freshly migrated cedar waxwing

One of the most well-guarded nature secrets in Canada has to be the abundant and striking cedar and Bohemian waxwing birds. They show off a colorful design with a painted like tip of the wings that appear to have been dipped in hot wax, hence the name.

As for the cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) as seen in this footage, the wingtips are bright red and the tail tip is bright yellow. This beautiful bird that spreads across all North America feeds mostly on berries and hangs out in flocks of sometimes very high numbers. This footage was filmed on May 6th and 7th in Southern Quebec, Canada.

Quebec lake snow geese, great blue herons


This 25 April 2020 video says about itself:

I produced this short film in the French language for the Lake Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve in Québec.

I suggest you watch the beautiful bird scenes of this territory.

Lac Saint-Pierre (Québec, Canada) is a unique ecosystem, important for migratory birds.

The largest number of Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) recorded in North America is found in protected habitats in this area.

In 2000, UNESCO granted the title of World Biosphere Reserve to the Lake Saint-Pierre in order to highlight the quality of its natural environment, the floral and wildlife diversity of the territory.

Canadian sapsuckers help hummingbirds, video


This video says about itself:

Remarkable contribution to hummingbird survival made possible by sapsucker‘s feeding behavior in deciduous forests of North America.

A family of yellow-bellied sapsuckers seen in the footage, a type of woodpecker that lives in Eastern Canada, creates numerous tiny aligned holes in a tree deep enough to let sap out.

Trees in deciduous and broadleaf forests can sometimes be seen bearing hundred of these little holes that seem to have been made by an automated machine.

In a surprising display of the interaction between two different species in the wild, a [female ruby-throated] hummingbird is attracted to the freshly created sweet drink. It flies and hovers near it, sporadically plunging its tiny beak and visibly draining the content of the small holes. It comes in competition with a wide variety of bugs present in nature that are also attracted to the sugar-filled drink that begins leaking out of the tiny holes.

Returning sapsuckers also drink from the previously made holes while resting in place. They sometimes take advantage of the opportunistic tiny meals that are the careless ants walking around and straight to their death.

The extraordinary behavior displayed by the ruby-throated hummingbird to insure a proper diet can perhaps explain why so many nectar-drinking birds can thrive in an environment with a lack of it.

The footage was filmed in 4K Ultra High Definition in late August in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Late August is just before the ruby-throated hummingbird will be on a long autumn migration journey. The extra energy is welcome.

The yellow-bellied sapsuckers will then go south as well. I saw this species in Cuba.