Golden-cheeked warbler video


This is a golden-cheeked warbler video.

These birds nest only in Texas in the USA, wintering in Mexico and Central America.

Broad-tailed hummingbird in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Broad-tailed Hummingbird Hovers Up Close – June 9, 2017

When hovering over a feeder, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds beat their wings at a rate of 50 times per second! Male broad-tails often hover while foraging because it provides a high “platform” from which they can spot females and intruder males.

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

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.

Great-tailed grackles in Texas


This video from the USA says about itself:

30 April 2017

Male and Female Great-Tailed Grackles making an amazing selection of “calls” in north Texas in April. Very similar to the Atlantic Boat-Tailed Grackles found in Florida except that the great tailed’s tail is bigger and sort of looks like a tail extension or second tail. The females are brown and about half the size of the males. Very social birds, It is interesting that the calls or “noises” made by these birds are significantly different from that of the Boat-Tailed Grackles, but no less melodious 🙂 The large male Great-Tailed Grackle at the top of the tree seemed to be the leader of this group.

The great-tailed grackle or Mexican grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) is a medium-sized, highly social passerine bird native to North and South America. A member of the family Icteridae, it is one of ten extant species of grackle and is closely related to the boat-tailed grackle and the slender-billed grackle. It is sometimes erroneously referred to as a “blackbird” in the southern United States, although [American] blackbirds belong to the genus Euphagus [and European blackbirds to the genus Turdus]. Similarly, it is often called “cuervo” in areas of Mexico owing to its glossy black plumage, although it is not a member of the genus Corvus, nor even of the family Corvidae.

I was privileged to see these birds in Panama and Costa Rica.

Hummingbirds in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Hummingbirds Flutter Around Feeding Ports in West Texas – May 17, 2017

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

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.

Western tanager at Texas hummingbird feeder


This video from the USA says about itself:

Male Western Tanager Stops in West Texas – May 10, 2017

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

Rare blue-throated hummingbird in Texas, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Female Blue-throated Hummingbird Makes Rare Visit to West Texas – May 4, 2017

Blue-throated Hummingbirds are seldom seen at the feeders in West Texas, especially at this time of year. That’s why it was a surprise to see a female Blue-throated Hummingbird alight 3–4 times on the back port of the Perky-Pet® Grand Master feeder this week! These hummers are the largest that you’ll find north of Mexico; the females are gray below, with a prominent white eye stripe, less defined malar stripe across the cheek, and a long tail.

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

Texas, USA teenager Jordan Edwards killed by police


This video from the USA says about itself:

Press conference from the family of Jordan Edwards, the teen fatally shot by Balch Springs police

1 May 2017

The 15-year-old boy who was killed by a Balch Springs police officer was shot with a rifle, the Dallas County medical examiner’s office said Monday. Jordan Edwards, a freshman at Mesquite High School, was leaving a party over the weekend when he was shot through the passenger’s side window of a vehicle, attorney Lee Merritt said.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

US: Family of black teen killed by police prosecution

Thursday 4th May 2017

FAMILY members of black schoolboy Jordan Edwards are demanding that criminal charges be filed against the Dallas police officer who shot him dead at the weekend.

The police department in suburban Dallas has since sacked the officer, identified as Roy Oliver, who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan as he was riding in a vehicle after leaving a party with his two brothers and two other teenagers Saturday night.

Mr Oliver was dismissed for violating department policies in the shooting, said police chief Jonathan Haber.

Police arrived at the scene of the party to investigate an underage drinking complaint and spotted the vehicle leaving.

Mr Oliver opened fire with his rifle as the teenagers were driving away, hitting Jordan in the front passenger seat.

Police originally claimed that the teenagers’ vehicle had been reversing “in an aggressive manner” toward officers, but Mr Haber admitted on Monday that video proved that the vehicle was actually driving away.

A family statement released on Tuesday night called for disciplinary action against other officers who “extended this nightmare for those children.”

“Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys,” it said.

Police in Balch Springs, Texas, shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old African American boy Saturday night. Jordan Edwards was shot in the head through the driver’s side window of the vehicle he was in as he and several other teens were driving away from a party the police had been called in to break up: here.

Trump Justice Department: No charges in police murder of Alton Sterling: here.