Hummingbird feeding frenzy in Texas, USA


This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

Hummingbird Feeding Frenzy On October Morning In West Texas – Oct. 11, 2019

There’s a party on the West Texas Hummingbird cam, and you’re invited! Watch dozens of hummingbirds hover to and fro as they jockey for position at the nectar feeders.

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

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Police kill African-American woman in her home


This 13 October 2019 video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

Atatiana Jefferson Shot Inside Home By Forth Worth Police

Atatiana Jefferson was 28 years old. She worked at Xavier University of Louisiana, where she also studied biology and majored in chemistry with a minor in pre-med. She was shot inside her home when a neighbor, James Smith, made a welfare check call to police.

“Tay” was playing video games with her eight-year-old nephew in her home when she was shot. She thought she heard a noise in her backyard and was shot when she went to investigate, he said.

From Heavy.com in the USA:

James Smith, the neighbor who made the call, told WFAA that he called a non-emergency police number to ask for a welfare check. He was concerned because the lights were on and the front door was open.

Smith said the officer’s response didn’t make sense. He told WFAA that there was no domestic violence and no arguing. He said: “nothing that they should have been concerned about as far as them coming with guns drawn to my neighbor’s house.”

In their statement, the Fort Worth Police said, in part: “The individual, a black female, who resides at the residence succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The officer, a white male who has been with the department since April of 2018, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome [of] the critical police incident investigation.” …

[Atatania Jefferson’s] Facebook cover photo was a photo of pretzels arranged to spell out the word “love.”

Ms Jefferson's Facebook cover photo

TEXAS COP FATALLY SHOOTS WOMAN IN OWN HOME A Fort Worth, Texas, police officer fatally shot a black woman in her own home early Saturday while responding to a neighbor’s request for a welfare check on the residence, authorities said. [HuffPost]

Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean, 34, was charged with murder Monday, two days after he shot and killed 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through the window of her home while she was babysitting her eight-year-old nephew early Saturday morning. The police killing early Saturday morning sparked outrage across the city and the US: here.

Anna’s, Rivoli’s hummingbirds in Texas, USA


This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

What’s In A Name: Anna’s and Rivoli’s Hummingbirds – Sept. 12, 2019

Did you know the names of the Anna’s and Rivoli’s Hummingbird are connected? When these species were described in 1829 by French naturalist René Primevère Lesson, he named these dazzling hummers in honor of the Duke of Rivoli and his duchess, Anna de Belle Masséna. Watch a flashy male Anna’s alight on the back right feeder port before a male Rivoli’s steals the spotlight on the back left of the feeder.

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

Lucifer hummingbird at Texas, USA feeder


This video from the USA says about itself:

Male Lucifer Hummingbird Soaks Up Camera Time In West Texas – Sept. 8, 2019

Lucifer Hummingbirds feed on the nectar of flowering desert plants, especially agave flowers. They also sip sugar solution in hummingbird feeders, but they have a low rank among the other species and are often chased off by other hummers.

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

The West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam is sponsored by Perky-Pet®.

Rufous and Lucifer hummingbirds in Texas, USA


This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

Male Lucifer And Rufous Hummingbirds Sit Next To Each Other During Feeding Frenzy – Sept. 6, 2019

Flashy male Rufous and Lucifer Hummingbirds alight next to each other during a morning feeding frenzy. Skip to 1:34 to see them on the right side of the feeder.

Texas, USA, hummingbirds back on the internet


This video from the USA says about itself:

The West Texas Hummingbird Cam Returns! – Sept. 4, 2019

The jewels of West Texas are back! The West Texas hummingbird cam sponsored by Perky-Pet has returned to an all-new site tucked away in the Davis Mountain range. Tune in now to observe over a dozen species of bejeweled hummingbirds fuel up along their fall migration routes as they fly south to warmer climates.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

The Wait Is Over: The West Texas hummingbird cam sponsored by Perky-Pet has returned to an all-new site tucked away in the Davis Mountain range. Tune in for a chance to observe over a dozen species of hummingbirds fuel up along their fall migration routes as they fly south to warmer climates. Prepare to be dazzled by the orange glow of a Rufous Hummingbird or the Lucifer Hummingbird‘s uniquely curved bill as they sip nectar from the many feeding ports of the Perky-Pet Grand Master hummingbird feeder hosted by the hummingbird experts at West Texas Avian Research. Tune in live.

Learning Who’s Who: With the hummingbird-heavy autumn season underway, the cam’s up-close view provides a great opportunity to key in on the specific characteristics that differentiate the several species visiting the feeder. If the light hits right, the iridescent throat patches (i.e. gorgets) of adult males will giveaway their identity in a flash, but their comparatively drab female counterparts can be much harder to tell apart. Check out the “Species Info” tab underneath the live stream for a list of commonly seen species.

Young Birds Muddy The Waters: Many immature hummingbirds will be making their first southern migrations this time of year, which can throw a wrench into the hummer ID process. In most cases, immature birds resemble adult females with slight plumage differences. If you are having trouble telling some birds apart, don’t get discouraged. It can be extremely difficult to distinguish some female and immature birds with the naked eye.

Tools To Help: Check out the online Bird Guide from All About Birds for an in-depth look at each hummingbird species on cam. Browse photos, read up on the four keys To ID each bird correctly, and compare similar species with side-by-side photos and descriptions. Want to compare all the species in one place? Download this Hummingbirds of North America poster from our friends at Project FeederWatch. What are you waiting for? Start studying up on the jewels of West Texas!

El Paso, USA racist massacre not unique


This 5 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

White Nationalist Terror Attack in El Paso Was Not an Isolated Incident

Gerald Horn and Arun Gupta outline the history of white terror in America and what its modern manifestation means for our future.

NYT NIGHTMARE HEADLINE The alleged gunman in Texas who killed at least 22 people Saturday reportedly shared a manifesto online that used similar language to Trump’s, and used the phrase: “Send them back.” But the first edition of the New York Times suggested that the president was attempting to unify the country with the front page headline: “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.” [HuffPost]

TRUMP BLAMES EVERYTHING BUT GUNS AND HIMSELF President Trump spoke Monday in response to the mass shootings over the weekend, calling them a “crime against all of humanity.” The president blamed white supremacy, the internet, video games and mental illness for the massacres. He did not blame guns or himself. [HuffPost]

TEXAS GUN LAWS ABOUT TO GET EVEN LOOSER Under the current laws in Texas, legal gun owners don’t require an additional permit to carry long guns, such as the one the El Paso gunman used last weekend, in unrestricted public areas. From Sept. 1, it will be even easier to carry guns in Texas churches, schools, apartment buildings and disaster zones. [HuffPost]

COUNTRIES WARN CITIZENS AGAINST U.S. TRAVEL Venezuela’s government issued a warning Monday telling Venezuelans to postpone planned trips to the U.S. or take precautions due to the “proliferation of violent acts and indiscriminate hate crimes.” The Uruguayan government also warned against hate-based violence in the U.S. [HuffPost]

THESE SHOOTERS ARE NOT LONE WOLVES Authorities say the shooter who killed 22 people and wounded dozens in El Paso, Texas, Saturday acted alone. In a narrow sense that may be true, but experts warn that it’s important to recognize his actions were rooted in a wider movement of white nationalism and violent extremism that is behind a growing number of mass murders.  [HuffPost]

TEXAS GOV. WALKS BACK ANTI-IMMIGRANT RHETORIC Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledged “mistakes were made” in a fundraising letter calling to “defend Texas” from illegal immigration just a day before the mass shooting in El Paso. [HuffPost]

HANNITY PROPOSES ARMED FORCE TO SURROUND SCHOOLS Fox News host Sean Hannity is calling for a virtual police state of armed ex-cops and military to “surround” schools and shopping malls to prevent mass shootings. [HuffPost]

Gay son of “Straight Pride” organizer says event “dog whistles” white supremacy.

TUCKER CARLSON: WHITE SUPREMACY IS A ‘HOAX’ Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday claimed there is no white supremacy problem in the United States and that the very notion of one is a hoax created by the media and the left. He has routinely given airtime to white nationalist conspiracy theories and talking points, yet claimed “the whole thing is a lie.” [HuffPost]

NEBRASKA GOP SLAMS SENATOR FOR CONDEMNING WHITE SUPREMACY The Nebraska Republican Party called on state Sen. John McCollister to quit the party after he accused his fellow Republicans of “enabling white supremacy” by staying silent on President Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric. [HuffPost]

CONGRESS CALLS ON 8CHAN OWNER TO TESTIFY Lawmakers have called on Jim Watkins, who owns 8chan, an online forum that amplifies the voices of violent extremists, to testify before Congress after the shooter in one of the weekend’s two massacres was believed to have posted on the website. [HuffPost]

CALI GOV: MAKE GENDER PART OF GUN VIOLENCE CONVERSATION California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday urged leaders to discuss the role of misogyny and toxic masculinity in gun violence, pointing out that mass shooters “overwhelmingly, almost exclusively, are males, boys, men.” [HuffPost]