Gray fox against skunk in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

15 October 2016

Gray Fox stalks and tries to attack a very large skunk with predictable results! A very closeup view of the business end of a skunk which is quickly turned toward the fox and then a brief standoff ensues which the skunk wins as the fox moves on leaving the skunk to cleanup leftover bird seed. The skunk continues to keep his amazingly large fluffy tail high in the air for awhile ready to spray until the fox leaves the area completely.

It may be that the fox didn’t recognize the skunk until it sprung to attack and then aborted as it realized that it was a skunk – that is why all skunks carry warning coloration. Skunks are notoriously tough characters and will generally not let loose of their devastating chemical arsenal unless it is really needed.

Belted kingfisher conflict, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

12 November 2016

Loud rattle calls and two male Belted Kingfishers battle high in the sky for the rights to prime fishing grounds with plenty of nice perches to hunt from. When an interloper perches within another Kingfisher’s claimed territory harsh rattle calls are given and the fight is on – it appears to be more a test of speed and stamina rather than making hard contact with each other.

American fish crows build decoy nest

This video from the USA says about itself:

28 September 2016

Fish Crows noisily go about the business of building a huge nest of twigs high in a long-leaf pine tree. They did such a good job of hiding this huge nest near the crown of the tree that I had to bushwhack my way back in the Jungle just to get an angled view of it. But the nest was never used and further research brings me to the conclusion that I was duped by a decoy nest! We all know crows are extremely intelligent – did you know they are known to build decoy nests and keep their real nest very private. That explains why they were so noisily and obviously building this one to attract attention to it while they quietly built another nest nearby.

I had plans to film the raising and fledging of their young, but they are too smart for that. If I’m watching them then they are watching me! I found this interesting quote by musician Tom Waits that relates to this event: “I saw a crow building a nest, I was watching him very carefully, I was kind of stalking him and he was aware of it. And you know what they do when they become aware of someone stalking them when they build a nest, which is a very vulnerable place to be? They build a decoy nest. It’s just for you.”

So in a way I feel honored!

Help stop bird killing by windows

This video from the USA says about itself:

Help Stop Birds From Hitting Windows

24 September 2016

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Black-capped chickadee feeding, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

23 September 2016

Put some pork rind out just for fun – didn’t expect a black-capped chickadee to be the first to try it. Just a little slice of Backyard Bird life!

Half-blind rabbit in the USA

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Rabbit Compensates for Partial Blindness

17 September 2016

Appalachian Cottontail Rabbit is blind in its right eye. One of three young siblings – I have watched it survive and thrive by adapting its behavior to compensate for total lack of vision on its right side and since its eyes are on the side of the head this rabbit has a large “blind spot”. Its first strategy is to hang close to its siblings as that provides a safety net against predators. It also tends to keep the good left eye to the outside with the blind eye next to a sibling.

As the pesky chipmunk shows the rabbit is very alert to any movement or sound in the area and quickly readjusts its position for a better view. For now it is OK to hang out in a group with its brothers and sisters, but as these young rabbits reach maturity that strategy may not work out. These rabbits also tend to stick close to the house and near heavy cover, their only real threat is predators so it is possibly this rabbit could make it to maturity and even breed.

Elk family in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Cute Elk Calves Nursing and Exploring

6 September 2016

Bull Elk and healthy family of cows and calves born this past spring graze along the road under his watchful eye. The calves are still partially depending on mother’s milk, but always curious about what else might be good to eat.

This is part of the reintroduced elk herd in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.