Texas hummingbird migration almost over


This video from the USA is called Hummingbird Facts & Some Beautiful Footage.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Hummingbirds’ Furious Feeding Nearing the End

After an incredible fall on the West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam, activity is starting to wind down for the winter. Ten species were seen during this short season by viewers, often appearing in a bewildering array of immature and adult plumages to make identification a challenge. Together we learned the sometimes cryptic clues to puzzling out each species’ identity, and over 1500 of you hazarded guesses in our two Hummingbird ID Challenge contests (thanks to cam sponsor Perky-Pet® for the hummingbird feeder prizes). Hummingbirds weren’t the only ones visiting, either—butterflies and Acorn Woodpeckers made appearances on cam, too! Take a moment to tell us which hummingbird species were your favorites, and you could win a Perky-Pet® hummingbird feeder of your own!

Cold winter weather will eventually lead to the hummingbirds heading downslope or further south by late November. The cam will go offline in late November; only three short months before we should start seeing the first Broad-tailed Hummingbirds of spring arriving. Thanks for a great season!

Attracting hummingbirds in winter is possible in some areas! Learn where and how.

Acorn woodpecker, hummingbirds at Texas feeder, video


This video from Texas in the USA shows first hummingbirds, then an acorn woodpecker, at the hummingbird feeder on 30 October 2015.

Help Mexican freetail bats


This video from the USA says about itself:

25 October 2015

Bracken cave is the home of 15 million Mexican freetail bats, the largest bat colony in the world. You can help protect the cave by adopting a Mexican freetail bat through BCI’s Adopt-a-bat program! Visit www.batcon.org/adopt.

Black people tasered more often than average in Britain


This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

City Councilman Tasered In Same town As Sandra Bland Arrest

12 October 2015

A city councilman was tasered and arrested outside his home in the same town where a black woman was arrested in a conflict that began over a minor traffic violation.

More about this is here. And here.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Black people targeted with Tasers far more than others

Wednesday 14th October 2015

BLACK people are three times more likely to have a Taser — or the threat of one — used against them by police officers, according to Home Office data uncovered yesterday.

English and Welsh police aimed or fired the stun gun in 38,135 cases over the past five years.

In at least 4,580 (more than 12 per cent) of those incidents, black people were subjected to the threat or use of 50,000-volt electric shocks.

Labour MP and former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna said that police need to “explain the disproportionality” of use — as only 4 per cent of the population is black.

The Streatham MP called on Tory Home Secretary Theresa May to launch an “immediate investigation” into the “extremely concerning” situation that only came to light after the BBC sent a freedom of information request to the government.

Mr Umunna added: “[The Home Office] releases Taser data on an annual basis, but it seems to have deliberately withheld details regarding the ethnicity, age and gender of those involved in these incidents.”

Black Activists Rising Against Cuts co-chair Lee Jasper said Ms May should extend her concern over the disproportionate use of stop and search against black people to other policing matters.

He pointed to statistics from drugs law experts Release showing that black people used less drugs than white people but were six times more likely to be apprehended and almost twice as likely to be charged for possession.

In addition, at least 158 Taser cases last year involved someone under the age of 16.

Hummingbirds at Texas feeder, video


This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

9 October 2015

A Black-chinned Hummingbird begins feeding on the left side of the feeder and is soon joined by a Broad-tailed Hummingbird on the right.

You can watch this cam live during daylight hours at allaboutbirds.org/texashummers.