Saturday, April 21, 2018

Florida Screech Owl House Live - The "Only Owlet"


Live from the Florida Screech Owl House - Mother and Father Owl and their precious only surviving Owlet! Mother Screech Owl is in the nest box with her only surviving offspring this year. For some reason two of the eggs did not hatch. Because it is an only owlet it has grown rapidly in 20 days and should be leaving "fledging" the nest box between April 27 and 30.

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Screech Owl Catches Large Invasive Lizards





The Male Eastern Screech Owl has been catching very large lizards to feed the only surviving owlet! No wonder she's so big already! I'm not sure, but I think these lizards are Giant Amevia introduced by the pet trade and released or escaped into the wild. No native Florida lizard grows this long. Giant Amevia are native to Central and South America. These alert, active lizards are also called green whiptails or Jungle Runners in the pet trade. The long whip like tail makes up nearly 2/3 of this lizards total length as you can see.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Screech Owl Babies Update - The "Only Owlet"




Mother Screech Owl is in the nest box with her only surviving offspring this year. For some reason two of the eggs did not hatch. I have been gone for two weeks and expected to find 3 owlets when I returned today. First time this has happened. In this clip you will see and hear mother and owlet bonding. This was taken in late morning when it gets a bit hot in this particular nest box. She did not select the one they used last year. Because it is an only owlet it has grown rapidly in 20 days and should be leaving within the next 7-10 days. I plan to start a live broadcast later this afternoon -stay tuned. Owl nest box on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2K4pA35
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Screech Owl Babies Update -  The "Only Owlet"



Screech Owl Babies Update -  The "Only Owlet"

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Song Bird Dawn Chorus - A Bird Symphony!


The Backyard Bird Spring Dawn Chorus is at peak intensity now in the Great Smoky Mountains! One of Nature's most amazing aural spectacles! Just relax and listen. If you have never heard it before you are in for a treat. It starts when it is still too dark to video and reaches its crescendo just before sunrise. Spring is the best time to hear it as the males are defending territory and attracting mates. You may hear some songs and calls you may never have heard before especially between about 5:00 to 7:00 it sounds like a human whistling.
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Song Bird Dawn Chorus -  A Bird Symphony!



Monday, April 16, 2018

Rime Ice Covers Great Smoky Mountains



Beautiful Rim Ice coats the trees above 4000 feet in the Great Smoky Mountains. Despite the cold morning birds are out and singing away - it is Spring after all! Not that unusual for early April at higher elevations. If you want to hear thunder over the mountains check out: https://youtu.be/gotITQwC4Mg During the cold months, you will often see white on mountaintops or up just one side of a mountain. You may think it's snow, but it is often rime ice formed when water droplets in clouds or fog freeze to the trees. Often, the rime ice forms just on the windward (wind-facing) slope of the mountain as clouds sweep over the ridge.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

CamPark 14MP Trail Camera Test - High Quality Low Price Wildlife Security CAM




A High-quality and low-price motion detection wildlife camera anyone can use in their Backyard. I give the Campark 14MP trail camera a comprehensive test and am impressed with what I can accomplish with it to document Backyard wildlife from tiny Chickadees to giant Elk day and night.
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You can do this to. I will follow up with more videos and some more detailed tutorials about how to capture good closeup photos and videos of birds and small mammals in your Backyard in the future. Go Pros and similar action cams have superior quality, however they can only run a few hours - motion detection trail cams can be left in place for months, hours or days to document the action from wildlife to security concerns etc. Regular viewers of this channel know I have made dozens of fun trail camera videos over the years, but this is a new breakthrough at this price point for the features and image quality.
This camera was provided by the manufacturer for testing - all the opinions are my own.
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Red Squirrel on Trail Game Camera




First Red Squirrel of the season on a trail camera I'm testing out up in the Great Smoky Mountains. This squirrel is one I know well and looks like it made it through the rough winter in fine shape. A complete test of this affordable trail camera to capture images of Backyard wildlife is coming soon - https://amzn.to/2GZjSBG
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Hand Feeding Blue Jays - Nesting Behavioral Changes




The gregarious Band of 18 or so Backyard Blue Jays has broken up into breeding pairs and building nests now and their behavior has changed noticeably. They are more cautious and reluctant to feed out of my hand and stick close to the heavy brush where there nests are hidden. See: https://youtu.be/eqs7vTrobfU Blue Jays are very secretive about their nests and build them in near inaccessible tangles of heavy brush so I have never seen one and rightly so for survival their trust of humans is less than at other times of the year. Once the kids fledge they bring them out to meet me. See for example: https://youtu.be/upbO35M36CA
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

House Finch Breeding Pair




Male and female House Finches have completed their nest deep inside an arborvitae tree and are frequently perching nearby on guard duty and hunting for bugs. These outgoing little birds are not ones to keep a low profile while nesting.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Garter Snake Coiled and Flicking Tongue




Garter Snake likely just emerged from its hibernation den and is trying to warm up in the sun. They coiled up and put on a threatening show when accidentally surprised, but they are very beneficial and harmless snakes and should just be left alone. This one probably thinks its act worked, unfortunately too many people kill helpless snakes when they come across them.
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Garter Snake Coiled and Flicking Tongue