COVID-19 infects Texas, USA babies


This 19 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

85 Babies Tested Positive For COVID-19 In One Texas County, Health Director Says

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Dozens of babies infected by coronavirus in Texas as state struggles to contain the spread

Report comes amid surging cases in 18 states across the United States

By Richard Hall

Dozens of babies have contracted the coronavirus in one Texas county alone, officials said, as the state continued to hit record numbers of daily deaths.

Health officials made the grim announcement as the state reported a record 174 new coronavirus deaths on Friday, numbers that are expected to climb further still. It was the third consecutive day the state recorded more than 100 deaths.

“We currently have 85 babies under the age of one year in Nueces County that have all tested positive for Covid-19,” said Annette Rodriguez, director of public health for Corpus Christi Nueces County.

COVID-19 stops Texas Major League Soccer


This 7 July 2020 video says about itself:

FC Dallas OUT of MLS is Back: Commissioner Don Garber says the tournament will go on | ESPN FC

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber joins SportsCenter on ESPN the decision to send FC Dallas home ahead of the MLS is Back Tournament. Garber expresses the league’s emphasis on the safety of players and personnel and the effectiveness of the protocol inside their bubble in Orlando, Florida. He also says the tournament will go on as planned, beginning with the first-ever meeting between Orlando City and Inter Miami on Wednesday, July 8 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

FC Dallas has to miss the restart of Major League Soccer (MLS). Ten players of the Dallas club appear to be infected with coronavirus. …

The United States soccer league starts again … after a few months of no football because of the outbreak of the coronavirus. The MLS, which had only two rounds of play before the coronavirus interruption, is being completed in tournament form at Disney World in Orlando.

So, in Florida.

While teenagers and others die of COVID-19 in Florida. While Disney corporation workers protest again dangerous premature management reopening schemes.

Butterfly, hummingbirds at Texas, USA feeders


This video from the USA says about itself:

Butterfly Visits West Texas Feeders Alongside Hummingbirds – June 17, 2020

Enjoy watching a cloudless sulphur butterfly sip nectar from the West Texas hummingbird feeders as hummers hover from port to port.

Black-chinned hummingbird in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Male Black-chinned Hummingbird Dips And Sips In West Texas – May 1, 2020

The West Texas Feeder cam is about to be aflutter with migrant hummingbirds this spring. Watch this male Black-chinned Hummingbird dip and sip while it hovers (as this species often does while foraging) at the feeder.

Hummingbird spring migration in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Black-chinned and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds Return To West Texas! – March 30, 2020

Hummingbirds have returned to the West Texas Feeders! Right on time, Black-chinned and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds are the first species to return to the Davis Mountains this spring, with ten or more species scheduled to join them in the coming weeks.

Here, a male Black-chinned Hummingbird hovers at the left side of the feeder while flashing the violet band underneath his black chin. Later, a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird shows off his iridescent magenta gorget while a drab female Black-chinned Hummingbird floats at the right side of the feeder.

Watch live at http://allaboutbirds.org/texashummers for more information about hummingbirds and highlights from the feeders.

Ladder-backed woodpecker feeding in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Female Ladder-backed Woodpecker Sits Front And Center In West Texas – March 13, 2020

In West Texas, a female Ladder-backed Woodpecker visits the feeder station for some suet. These woodpeckers may also come for mealworms, and they have also been observed eating peanut butter and black oil sunflower seeds. To attract a nesting pair, try growing native vegetation and leave dead trees standing when possible.

Woodhouse’s scrub-jay in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay Fills Up On Suet In West Texas – March 2, 2020

A beautiful, blue-and-gray Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay takes center stage at the West Texas feeders. These scrub-jays of the west live mainly among pinyon pine trees. Their pointed bills easily chisel away at suet and are also a useful tool for getting at the pine nuts hidden between pine cone scales.

Rare tropical parula in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi) Feeding, Preening and Calling – Lion’s/ Shelly Park Refugio, Refugio County Texas – March 1, 2017

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

**RARE BIRD ALERT**

07 FEB 2020 – Armand Bayou Nature Center, Harris County, Texas

Reported by eBird user Mike Austin on February 7, 2020 at 09:06

Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi) CONFIRMED

Comments:

“Male. Tiny warbler with black mask, yellow throat & breast with orange was across latter, white belly & vent. Bluish wings with bold white wingbars. Blue back with greenish saddle. Higher-pitched chip than Orange-crowned Warbler. Seen intermittently for about three minutes foraging in dense vegetation at tops of yaupon & dense tree vines about 15 feet off ground. Usual place on Martyn Trail at bayou end of pine grove. Loosely associated with Yellow-rumped, Pine & and Orange-crowned Warblers & a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.”

Identification Notes:

Small short-tailed warbler; bright and boldly patterned. Blue-gray above with green back, two bold white wing bars (limited white in Middle American birds), and yellow-orange throat and chest. Males have darker face and brighter yellow-orange chest than females. Bill is sharp, black above and yellow below. Very similar to Northern Parula; note lack of white eye arcs and no dark markings on breast. Beware of rarely-occurring hybrids and some dull immatures, which can be very similar to Northern Parula. Common and widespread in forests throughout Central and South America; rare in U.S.; found only in mossy forests in southern Texas.

Snowy winter birds in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Snow In West Texas! Pine Siskins And Dark-eyed Juncos Battle It Out At Feeders – Feb. 5, 2020

Here’s something we don’t see everyday—snow at the West Texas feeders! This white winter blanket has brought droves of Pine Siskins and Dark-eyed Juncos to feast on an easy meal in front of the cam.

Canyon towhee at Texas bird feeder


This video from the USA says about itself:

Canyon Towhee Surprises With Visit To West Texas Feeders – Dec. 19, 2019

Canyon Towhees keep a low profile across their range in the Desert Southwest, and they’ve proven to be a rare visitor to the West Texas feeders. These big, warm-brown sparrows are common on the ground and underneath shrubs in a variety of scrubby habitats, but they easily blend into the background.