Texas hummingbird migration news, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

28 September 2015

In case you missed the show this morning, here’s about 60s of the hummingbird feeder frenzy that happens when most of the Perky-Pet Grand Master feeders are covered up for hummingbird banding at the site (look for the blue plate on the feeder in the background).

The hummingbirds are concentrated at the feeders that are still open (like our cam feeder and the feeders that have traps), which makes them easier to catch and band. 75 individuals were banded this morning by researchers from West Texas Avian Research, and we’ll post some highlights from the report later this week. Special thanks to Perky-Pet for sponsoring the cam and for WTAR’s assistance and enthusiasm in hosting it. Watch live here.

Magnificent hummingbird at Texas bird feeder, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

29 September 2015

A crisp-looking adult Magnificent Hummingbird stopped by for a solo visit this morning.

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.

South Texas is one of North America’s top birding hotspots and is unlike any other destination in the continental United States. Birders need to be prepared for the unique atmosphere of birding in South Texas so they do not miss a moment of the extraordinary birding this region offers: here.

Lucifer hummingbird at feeder on rainy day

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 September 2015

In this short clip a male Lucifer Hummingbird arrives and takes a sip at the feeder while the rain falls.

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 whole experience, watch LIVE here.

Hummingbird webcam in Texas, USA

This 2010 from the USA says about itself:

Each September hummingbirds swarm on my feeders, fatten up and then take off from Lake Jackson, Texas across the Gulf of Mexico on their non stop flight into Mexico and beyond for the winter. The hummingbirds were mainly Ruby-Throated hummers with a few Black-Chinned Hummers. The wings of a hummingbird beat at approximately 78 strokes per second, and during courtship may beat up to 200 times per second. Hummingbirds obtain energy from nectar and insects. They digest 100% of the sugar in the nectar, and they get proteins, fats, and minerals from insects. The migrating Hummingbirds eliminated the mosquitoes in my yard. They earned their keep in sugar cost this year.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

High in the mountains of West Texas, the hummingbird migration is in full swing and we’ve got a front row seat

September 24, 2015

A Hummingbird Extravaganza

We’ve been working with the researchers at the nonprofit West Texas Avian Research to install a cam at one of their hummingbird banding sites, and now you can watch all of the frenetic hummingbird action in high-definition 1080p (watch cam). Over a dozen species have been seen at this site nestled in the Davis Mountains, attracted to the surrounding habitat and to the 24 Perky Pet Grand Master hummingbird feeders used by the monitoring project.

Thanks to our sponsor Perky Pet, we’ll be bringing these views of hummingbirds to you during daylight hours until the last hummingbirds move through, likely in late October. The most common species you’ll see during this time include Rufous, Broad-tailed, and Black-chinned hummingbirds, as well as rarities like Lucifer, White-eared, and Magnificent hummingbirds! Check out the “Species Info” tab beneath the live view for more information on all of the species you might see while watching, and keep in mind that fall can be a challenging time to correctly identify all of the juveniles mixed in with females.

Ahmed’s clock and bigotry in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Sarah Palin hates scienceChris Matthews, Keith Olbermann comment

31 October 2008

What a busy day for Sarah Palin. Besides giving a deposition on her role in troopergate (see: ethics, abuse of power), and dropping a hockey puck in St. Louis, she also managed to screw up her first policy speech. Via Think Progress:

For many parents of children with disabilities, the most valuable thing of all is information. Early identification of a cognitive or other disorder, especially autism, can make a life-changing difference.

Palin claimed that the amount that Congress spends on earmarks “is more than the shortfall to fully fund IDEA.” She then ridiculed some of the projects — such as “fruit fly research” — saying they have little or no value:

Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] Youve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not.

Damn those earmarks! Wasting good money on fruit fly research:

[S]cientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown that a protein called neurexin is required for..nerve cell connections to form and function correctly.

The discovery, made in Drosophila fruit flies may lead to advances in understanding autism spectrum disorders, as recently, human neurexins have been identified as a genetic risk factor for autism.

Source: here.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Bright Ahmed’s clocking on at the White House

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

ONE thing is obvious. Fourteen-year-old Texas schoolboy Ahmed Mohamed is a lot brighter than the Republican Party’s favourite Sarah Palin. That’s not a personal attack — it is just the obvious truth.

Palin has attacked President Barack Obama for inviting young Ahmed to the White House after he was wrongly arrested and handcuffed — mainly for looking like a Muslim and building a clock that actually didn’t look much like a bomb.

Ahmed was detained for making a clock that his teacher assumed was a bomb. Palin declared: “Right. That’s a clock, and I’m the Queen of England.

“Ahmed Mohamed, an evidently obstinate-answering student,” she continued, “was bringing in a homemade clock that obviously could be seen by conscientious teachers as a dangerous wired-up bomb-looking contraption.”

In reality the bright young schoolboy created a sophisticated electric clock built into a pencil box for his school science fair.

Science fairs are an inspired part of technology teaching in the US that encourage students to make exciting projects. A huge web-based world and a vast mail order industry offers all sorts of sometimes extraordinarily complex science fair experiments.

Sadly his teachers took one look at the device and his Muslim appearance, accused him of building a bomb and had him arrested. Ahmed was taken from his school to police headquarters, where he was interrogated about his intentions with the device with particular questioning focused on his surname and Muslim appearance.

Ahmed’s father expressed his anger at his son’s treatment. “My kid was hurt and was tortured and arrested and mistreated in front of his friends inside of the school,” he said. “That is not America.”

Just a few weeks ago in a Morning Star feature about the Birmingham Six (Morning Star August 15), I wrote that in the 1960s British police could arrest you for looking “a bit Irish.” That philosophy, it seems, is alive and well — but now it is looking “a bit Muslim” that can get you into trouble.

Islamophobia shows its ugly face all over the globe. But the case last week in Irving, Texas, takes some beating.

Ahmed’s parents came to the US from Sudan. They settled in Irving. There, at the Sam Houston middle school, their son Ahmed became known as the kid who made crazy contraptions.

His classmates brought him their broken electronic devices and Ahmed fixed them. He built a radio-controlled car that could run on land and underwater. He built his own phone charger. His school mates called him the “Inventor Kid.”

Then just a few weeks ago he started his freshman year at MacArthur high school, where no-one knew him. The tall kid in the geek’s glasses did what he did best; he built something.

Ahmed’s clock wasn’t a beautiful thing, but his inventions never were. His clock was a mess of wires and circuitry but it kept perfect time.

When he proudly took it to school his teacher took one look and called the police. Ahmed didn’t get a gold star. Instead he got three days’ suspension from school.

Then the police took over, the student was handcuffed, arrested and taken to the police headquarters by Irving officers.

Irving has a history of Islamaphobia. This March local Mayor Beth Van Duyne accused local mosque leaders of attempting to set up a shadow court system following Islamic law.

The imams said they were merely mediating minor disputes, not bypassing or contradicting US law. Nonetheless, Van Duyne and the Irving City Council passed a resolution supporting a Texas anti-Sharia Bill.

The predictable happened: angry crowds assembled outside mosques, and local Muslims requested police security after racist threats.

Khalid Hamideh, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Irving, said: “The mayor is a crusader on the fringes of the far-right, and unfortunately there are some misinformed people who listen to her.”

Ahmed’s siblings say they are increasingly regarded with suspicion and disdain. One of his sisters had to leave a new job after her boss tried to force her to remove her head scarf
while at work.

In Ahmed’s case all official police charges were dropped, but the school suspension stuck. Reactionary and racist Van Duyne publicly announced her support for the actions of the school and police.

Obama took a different view. He invited Ahmed to come and see him at the White House saying: “Cool clock, Ahmed.

Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science…”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg invited Ahmed to visit him too and Twitter asked if he wanted to work for them as an intern.

Ahmed is now the centre of a movement supporting scientific curiosity among school students and denouncing any sort of racism, but sadly — as Sarah Palin has proved once again — Islamaphobia is alive and well.

Ahmed Mohamed, Texan boy arrested for inventing clock, speaks

This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

Ahmed Mohamed talks about being arrested at Irving school over clock

16 September 2015

A 14-year-old North Texas boy will not face charges after he was suspended over a homemade clock that teachers, administrators and police found suspicious.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Ahmed Mohamed’s parents handed out pizza to reporters outside their home

Ahmed Mohamed’s parents offered pizza to the media waiting outside their home

Serina Sandhu

Thursday 17 September 2015

The parents of the boy who was arrested for taking a homemade clock into school greeted the world’s media camped outside their home with boxes of pizza.

Earlier this week, it was reported that 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, from Texas, was questioned by the police after the clock he had taken into school to show his teachers was thought to resemble a bomb.

The boy was taken away from his school in handcuffs to a juvenile detention centre. The police have dropped the charges against the youngster, but his arrest has been highly criticised.

Ahead of a press conference delivered outside his home in Irving, Ahmed‘s parents delivered pizza and drinks to the crowd of waiting media.

During the press conference, the 14-year-old said: “I built the clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her.”

“So it was really sad she took the wrong impression of it,” he said, adding he planned to transfer from MacArthur High School and wanted to go to Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

But the teenager encouraged other people his age to keep inventing: “Go for it! Don’t let people change who you are, even if you get a consequence for it. I suggest you still show it to people, at least show them your talent.”

The Dallas Morning News reported that Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, told reporters at the press conference: “He fixed my phone, my car, my computer. He is a very smart, brilliant kid.”

Speaking to The Independent, Ahmed said the arrest had made him lose his innocence.

“I can never look at the world in the same way,” he said. “I like science, but I look like a threat because of my brown skin.”