Dickcissel sings, video

This dickcissel video from the USA says about itself:

30 June 2017

Video footage courtesy of Timothy Barksdale/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


Downy woodpecker in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

23 September 2017

Male Downy Woodpecker quickly working an Oak tree – they don’t hold still for long! The smallest North American woodpecker is a precious little bird and just the day before the largest North American woodpecker was in the Backyard – see here. After Hurricane Irma the woodpeckers in general seem to be much more active.

Green heron in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

22 September 2017

Close up of a stunning Green Heron hunting in the trees over flooded swamp behind the Backyard. Dense heavy vegetation in or near water is the preferred place to spot these elusive and beautiful herons. This heron was attacked by the Backyard Blue Jays at the end of this film – to see the mobbing and attack that follows check out here.

Along quiet streams or shaded riverbanks, a lone Green Heron may flush ahead of the observer, crying “kyow” as it flies up the creek. This small heron is solitary at most seasons and often somewhat secretive, living around small bodies of water or densely vegetated areas. Seen in the open, it often flicks its tail nervously, raises and lowers its crest. The “green” on this bird’s back is an iridescent color, and often looks dull bluish or simply dark.

Blue jays against green heron in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Blue Jay Mob Attacks Green Heron – A Mini-Documentary

20 September 2017

A Blue Jay Wolf Pack surrounds a much larger Green Heron hunting behind the Backyard and mercilessly attacks and harasses it until it moves on. Unlike perching hawks and eagles which are slow – the nimble Green Heron is one bird that can take out a Blue Jay that gets too close with its sword tip sharp bill attached to a neck that can strike far and lighting fast.

The Blue Jays seem to know how dangerous this big bird is and display unusual behavior in confronting it. They are quiet and surround it just like a pack of wolves – taking turns attacking it so the Heron can’t focus on one bird to strike and kill. One of the most fascinating encounters I’ve ever seen in the Backyard.

You may think of Herons as hunting fish etc in the water, but they are also quite adept at hunting in the trees above and around the wetlands as this one is doing. Snakes, frogs, baby squirrels, rats and mice and smaller birds are all on the menu. The Blue Jays continue to be the protectors of their own family, but also many other creatures of the Backyard, this aspect of their place in nature is often not known or overlooked.

Protecting nest boxes from predators

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bluebird predator guards – protect your Bluebird nest

9 July 2013

Here are a few cost-effective ways to keep snakes, raccoons, feral cats and possums from destroying your Bluebird nest.

Learn more here.

From the NestWatch eNewsletter in the USA, September 2017:

Predator Guards: The Verdict Is In

To NestWatchers, it might seem obvious that nest boxes should be protected with predator guards for the best possible chance at success. However, no one has formally tested whether predator guards make a tangible difference in nesting outcomes for songbirds at a large spatial scale. Furthermore, no one has tested which of the popular styles is best (although everyone has an opinion on this subject), or if having more than one is even better. And are there any species which don’t reap the benefits?

We are thrilled to announce the publication of a new ground-breaking study by NestWatch wherein we analyzed more than 24,000 records submitted by participants to answer these questions. After nearly 50 years of speculation on the topic, read our results in the latest NestWatch Blog post.

American goldfinch on video

This video from the USA says about itself:

10 September 2017

A male American Goldfinch in all its splendor spends some quality time in front of the camera – taking a break from the finch feeder. Summer is almost over and you can begin to see a little fading of the bright yellow that is the hallmark of these gorgeous little birds. The bad little birds acting up are Dark Eyed Juncos – starting to see a lot of them lately. They are cute little tubby birds in their own way.

Mourning dove in the USA, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

A Mourning Dove is having quite the time deciding what little piece of root it wants. It” s the end of August [2017] so I don’t know what it wants to do with it – nest building is a little late. The doves have been attracted to this digging site around a deck I’m fixing for some reason; I thought maybe the clay or loose dirt. Doves tend to have an indecisive look about them anyway. It likes the real long root, but it’s still connected, so the quest continues until it slowly walks away with just the perfect little piece of root.