Texas hummingbird migration update


This video from the USA says about itself:

23 September 2016

This male Lucifer Hummingbird, curved bill and all, remains anchored to his feeder port despite all of the birds hovering around him. Did you know that some of the hummingbirds we see on cam have an average wingbeat frequency between 50-60 times per second when they’re hovering!? Their small size allows them to generate lift by using both backward and forward wing motions to “float” in the air and feed on nectar.

Watch live at http://AllAboutBirds.org/TexasHummers.

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.

For the past 10 years, researchers from West Texas Avian Research have been banding hummingbirds at this site and others throughout the Trans-Pecos region of Texas to study the status and distribution of hummingbirds throughout the poorly known region.

Ruby-throated hummingbird in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird Visits the West Texas Hummingbird Feeder

9 September 2016

Although Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are uncommon in the west, the cam site in the Davis Mountains has regular visitors every Fall. This visitor was identified by our cam host from West Texas Avian Research as a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

In comparison to Black-chinned females, Ruby-throats have overall a cleaner look with cleaner lines: clean white/tan underparts with dark green upper parts, and clear demarcation between dark and clean white throat.

Watch live at http://AllAboutBirds.org/TexasHummers.

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.

For the past 10 years, researchers from West Texas Avian Research have been banding hummingbirds at this site and others throughout the Trans-Pecos region of Texas to study the status and distribution of hummingbirds throughout the poorly known region.

Acorn woodpecker at Texas hummingbird feeder


This video from the USA says about itself:

31 August 2016

Who’s that hiding behind the Perky-Pet® feeder on the West Texas Hummingbird cam? It’s an Acorn Woodpecker that has stopped by for a quick dose of nectar.

In addition to stealing from hummingbird feeders, these aptly named individuals work communally to store up to thousands of acorns inside individually-drilled holes within designated “granary” trees.

Hummingbird videos from Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Frenzied Early Morning Feeding – West Texas Hummingbirds – August 31, 2016

Even though the weather in West Texas this morning is overcast and rainy, it isn’t stopping these voracious little hummingbirds from getting a chance at the Perky-Pet® feeder.

Watch live at http://AllAboutBirds.org/TexasHummers

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.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Female Magnificent Takes a Long Drink, Shows Tongue

22 August 2016

This female Magnificent Hummingbird stopped by the Perky-Pet Feeder for a long drink. In between bouts of feeding, you can get a glimpse of its tiny tongue protruding from the beak. Recent research suggests that hummingbirds use their tongues as tiny pumps that allow the birds to quickly take-in nectar. Hummingbirds have flexible, grooved tongues that stay compressed when protruding from the bill in search of nectar. Once the tongue comes contact with a nectar source, the grooves expand and quickly load up with nectar that the bird can then lick up!

This video from the USA says about itself:

Juvenile Male Rufous Hummingbird With Partial Gorget – Aug. 25, 2016

This clip highlights a visit from a juvenile male Rufous Hummingbird that showcases an interesting pattern on his throat patch (gorget). This individual is in the process of replacing its juvenile feathers with an adult set. Immature rufous males will often be seen with variable numbers of iridescent red-orange feathers along the throat when molting into adult plumage.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Two Male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds Share Feeder – Sept. 1, 2016

Two male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds alighted on either side of the Perky-Pet® feeder this afternoon. This moment provides a good example of plumage differences between two individuals. The male on the right shows an emerald green coloration on his back while the individual on the left shows a more drab, grassy green coloration.

Young magnificent hummingbird in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Juvenile Male Magnificent Hummingbird Stops By for a Show

18 August 2016

Watch this clip of a juvenile male Magnificent Hummingbird flying up to the left side of the feeder before switching to the right. The scaly appearance of the breast and underparts along with flashes of the iridescent turquoise gorget and metallic purple above the eyes are characteristic of a juvenile male.

Watch live at http://AllAboutBirds.org/TexasHummers.

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.

For the past 10 years, researchers from West Texas Avian Research have been banding hummingbirds at this site and others throughout the Trans-Pecos region of Texas to study the status and distribution of hummingbirds throughout the poorly known region.

The active banding of hummingbirds continues (off camera) at this site in the Davis Mountains, and from time to time you may hear researchers working in the background. Some common species in you may hear vocalizing include Western Scrub Jays, Acorn Woodpeckers, and Canyon Wrens (among others).

Thanks to West Texas Avian Research for their enthusiasm and support for hosting the camera at this remote research site, and to cam sponsor Perky-Pet®.

Texas, USA cop-killing war veteran had PTSD


Micah Xavier Johnson

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Veteran who shot dead five policemen in Dallas had PTSD

Today, 08:24

The former soldier who last month shot dead five policemen in Dallas had symptoms suggestive of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but was not helped. This is evident from documents that the Veterans Administration has released.

After Micah Johnson in 2014 had returned from Afghanistan, he sought help for panic attacks, depression and hallucinations. Doctors then concluded that he was no danger to himself or others.

Johnson in the army was a specialist in the field of carpentry and masonry. He told doctors that he saw during the war how his fellow soldiers were torn apart by bombs. Since then, he had nightmares. He heard voices and explosions in his head.

“I was trying to block the images in my head, but it’s hard to forget something like that,” Johnson is quoted in the documents of the health care service for veterans. Doctors sent the former soldier back home and told him to have medication, but he got no further help.

On July 7, Micah Johnson shot five police officers dead during a demonstration in Dallas against racist police brutality. Police killed Johnson with a bomb robot.

Texas activist arrested for demonstrating while black


This video from the USA says about itself:

Dominique Alexander

March 7th, 2015 fifty years after Martin Lurther King Jr’s historic march on Selma, Alabama, citizens of Dallas, Texas gather to commemorate the event and draw attention to the ongoing civil rights struggle of today. After marching across the Margret Hunt bridge in tribute to King‘s crossing of the Edmund Pettus bridge on Bloody Sunday a series of speakers outside the Dallas Courthouse sounds the call to action for the next generation of civil rights leaders.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

US: Black lives protest leader arrested

Friday 12th August 2018

POLICE in the US city of Dallas arrested the leader of a Black Lives Matter march on Wednesday night after they had attempted to ban the protest.

Police Chief David Brown had urged organiser Dominique Alexander, founder of civil rights group Next Generation Action Network, to cancel the protest, saying such city centre events posed a “tactical threat” to officers.

The group also organised the July 7 protest that ended with sniper Micah Johnson killing five police before being killed by a police bomb.

Just before the protest was set to begin, Mr Alexander was arrested outside City Hall.

A police spokeswoman said the protest leader was issued a criminal trespass warning and arrested on unrelated warrants for failure to appear in court to pay $5,000 (£3,850) in outstanding road tolls.

His lawyer Kim Cole said her client believed the warrants had been resolved a year before.

About 25 demonstrators gathered outside the jail where Mr Alexander was being held until Ms Cole emerged to say he was safe and in good spirits.

Meanwhile Los Angeles police were yesterday investigating the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy by officers.

Police claimed Jesse James Romero shot at police after they were called to investigate a vandalism report in the Boyle Heights district on Tuesday, and that they recovered a revolver from his body.

But the teen’s mother Teresa Dominguez disputed the police account, telling local media that her son was “a good boy.”

“He didn’t do anything violent,” she said.

Within the space of two weeks police in the Los Angeles area have shot and killed three people, including a 14-year-old youth engaged in graffiti, an unarmed man mistaken for a carjacker and an unarmed homeless man on a bicycle: here.