Sunday, October 21, 2018

Bobcat Scat




The Bobcat is the most elusive of all Backyard animals - an occasional glimpse in the trail camera or as in this case a look at their scat or business end or poop is most enlightening. Packed full of hair these big wild cats live off of rabbits, raccoons, squirrels and other small mammals. One day I hope to find a den high up in the rocks and get some video of family life.
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Bobcat Scat

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Rose Breasted Grosbeaks Galore




Close up views of immature male and female Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks. A small flock has taken to sunflower seeds in Backyard North for the first time. This is the southern end of their range so I don't think they migrate anywhere, just congregate for the winter months. Interestingly, have seen no mature adult males, its harder to tell with the females but mature males lose all of their brown. Very attractive and friendly birds.
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Blue Jay Uses Special Call to Intimidate Young Cardinal




Blue Jay resorts to the dreaded squeaky gate or rusty "pump handle" call to scare off a young cardinal - sort of like nails on a blackboard. You may remember this young cardinal standing up to a young Blue Jay at: https://youtu.be/MLvZbt7wI08 but this is a mature Blue Jay with no patience. Even still the Cardinal does not give up!
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Blue Jay Uses Special Call to Intimidate Young Cardinal
Blue Jay Uses Special Call to Intimidate Young Cardinal

Squirrel Dries Mushrooms in the Sun




Squirrels are foodies and are incredibly intelligent so proper preparation of their mushrooms should be no surprise. There is practically an unlimited supply of fungi is the forest and with nuts there is plenty to eat. It's possible they are drying mushrooms for winter storage. Note on squirrel behavior - this was filmed in an area where squirrels have seen few if any humans and they are very wary - you might hear them, but rarely see them. Totally different behavior than around housing.
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Squirrel Dries Mushrooms in the Sun
Squirrel Dries Mushrooms in the Sun

Red Squirrel Throws Little Half Brother off the Deck - Lesson Learned!




Little brother squirrel is out of the nest box now (Fall) and full of attitude, but doesn't quite know how Red Squirrel society works. His older half-brother born late in the previous winter shows him what happens when he steps out of line. That is a 12-foot fall and you can hear the little guy shrieking all the way down, but they are flexible especially when young and in a few minutes he's back pestering his older brother, but eventually settles down and learns a lesson.
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Red Squirrel Throws Little Half Brother off the Deck - Lesson Learned!
Red Squirrel Throws Little Half Brother off the Deck - Lesson Learned!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Gear Review: Quality Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles for $40




ieGeek Carbon Fiber Trekking poles / Hiking sticks are tested in the Great Smoky Mountains. Bull Elk Bugles are a bonus! These poles provided for testing by ieGeek are really nice quality at a great price! A serious alternative to high priced poles like Leki. A pair of these run about $40 on Amazon and there is an aluminum version for around $20 which are very similar, but heavier. A special 10% Amazon discount code ( XODCJK4T ) for MBYB followers makes them even more affordable.
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Gear Review: Quality Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles for $40
Gear Review: Quality Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles for $40

Blue Jay Uses Special Call to Intimidate Young Cardinal




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Blue Jay Uses Special Call to Intimidate Young Cardinal
Blue Jay Uses Special Call to Intimidate Young Cardinal


Friday, October 12, 2018

Exceptional Blue Jay Calls - Play This in Your Backyard




The classic Blue Jay call up close and very loud with my external microphone. Play this on your Smart Phone for your Backyard Jays and watch out! This very bird was attacking my window above the PC while I was editing the video! I think he recognized himself and freaked out. This is the call the jays up here in the Mountains use to announce to all who are interested that they are coming in for a load of sunflower seeds and all should clear the area - sort of an approach announcement. Hearing it from somewhere else will really rile them up.
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Exceptional Blue Jay Calls -  Play This in Your Backyard

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Bunny Rabbit Versus Elk



Elk runs from Rabbit! Simply amazing Appalachian Cottontail Rabbit takes on mature Great Smoky Mountain female Elk. Mother Rabbit shows up every morning for her bird seed breakfast and this is her territory, but this day an Elk stops by and Miss Bunny is having none of it. Outweighed like 400 to 1 she is fearless and the Elk a bit embarrassed at first when it runs from a rabbit.
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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Rose Breasted Grosbeak Robs Spider's Web



This female Rose Breasted Grosbeak is not going to be happy until she gets those bugs out of the orb weaver's web on a Hemlock tree. This behavior has apparently not been too well documented on video, although there is a technical name for this that I just learned - Kleptoparasitism (a form of feeding in which one animal takes prey or other food from another that has caught, collected, or otherwise prepared the food, including stored food). Always something new to learn by observing Nature!
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