Tuesday, May 21, 2019

American Robin Singing a Song



American Robins or Robin Red Breasts are nesting in a tree near the house in the Great Smoky Mountains. This is a nice example of their under-appreciated singing ability.

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American Robin Singing a Song


Friday, May 10, 2019

Wild Gray Squirrels Natural Alarm Behavior Around Humans




This brief encounter illustrates how Gray Squirrels in their natural environment that are not habituated to humans act very differently toward us. First the freeze when they hear and/or spot us - in this case in the dense woods of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in south Georgia - then the rapid and exaggerated tail wagging that acts as a silent visual alarm to surrounding squirrels then a movement into the tree crown and the verbal sort of bark or quack alarm. These wild squirrels are smart to treat us humans as a threat upon first meeting, squirrels are one of the most hunted and killed wild game in the US, but here they are safe and not meant to be habituated to animals and are not to be fed. Filmed in 4K UHD with the Canon SX70 HS on Amazon at: https://amzn.to/2DTf8di New HD videos uploaded frequently. If you enjoy the videos please subscribe, like and comment!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Injured Baby Duck Rescued


Injured Baby Duck Rescued


Florida Mottled Duckling was snatched from her mother by another bird and then fought and was dropped in the Backyard making a commotion which attracted my attention. Despite what appeared to be a severe injury to its head the little duckling seemed active and energetic and was rushed to the nearby wildlife rescue hospital - it should be fine with proper care and always donate to these places that really do all the hard work when you take an animal to them. There is a sadder ending to a recent squirrel rescue case that I will follow up on soon. Its been a busy spring in the Backyard.
Mottled Ducks are actually threatened and a few years ago we had a nice family behind the Backyard - see the here:
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A threatened native non-migratory duck unique to peninsular Florida - The Florida mottled duck (Anas fulvigula fulvigula), often called the Florida duck or Florida mallard, is a unique subspecies found only in peninsular Florida, residing in both brackish and freshwater marshes. The Florida mottled duck spends its entire life within the state and has inhabited Florida for thousands of years. The long-term well-being of Florida mottled ducks is threatened by crossbreeding with feral, domesticated mallards. The Florida mottled duck is one of a few non-migratory ducks in North America. They occur only in peninsular Florida where they are found both on the coasts and inland. The Florida mottled duck appears to be adaptable with regard to the habitats it uses and has been found using wetlands and related upland habitats associated with ponds, marshes, lakes, rivers, canals, ditches, mosquito impoundments and brackish and salt-water areas on the east and west coasts. Florida mottled ducks have an intrinsic, aesthetic value and are highly prized as a game bird. Also they are a defining member of the unique suite of species characteristic of the prairie ecosystem of south Florida. Florida mottled ducks nest from February through July. The females tend to locate their nests in dense vegetation (tall grasses, rushes or palmetto thickets) on the ground near water. The nest is built of vegetation and is lined with down. Only 1 brood each year is raised and females typically lay 8-10 eggs called a clutch. The eggs are creamy-white to greenish-white and are incubated within 25 to 27 days.
Unlike such birds as the mockingbird or blue jay, which raise their young in the nest for weeks, mottled duck females will move their ducklings to water within 24 to 48 hours of hatching. Young mottled ducks are capable of flight at 60 to 70 days of age.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Painted Bunting Migration




Painted Buntings have been increasing in the Backyard this past week as birds from south Florida are migrating through here on their way north and our local birds probably have or are leaving soon - not to return until mid-October. So now is a good time to savor these most beautiful of all North American songbirds.
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Painted Bunting Migration

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Florida Screech Owl Nest Box Camera Live Stream - Four Owlets




The four Screech Owlets are growing fast - you wont get a closer look than this. Peak action is usually around 8pm EDT when it gets dark. This live feed URL will stay the same until they leave: https://www.youtube.com/c/MyBackyardBirding/live


Florida Screech Owl Nest Box Camera Live Stream - Four Owlets

Father Screech Owl




Father Red Morph Eastern Screech Owl spends his days in a cypress tree overlooking the nest box where mother owl and the 4 owlets are waiting for him to bring lizards and other goodies starting at dusk. Mr Owl needs his rest he works all night - Mr Owl is a good Dad - Mr Owl doesn't appreciate Mr MBYB pointing the camera at him while he's trying to sleep so I'll move along.
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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Man Bonds With Mother Squirrel - How Squirrels Keep Cool




I've developed a special relationship with one of the Mother Squirrels, its all about trust I think, sort of like being accepted as once of their community. She just relaxes and acts totally natural while I talk to here just 2 feet away and gives body language that comes right through the camera lens and that usually only other squirrels would see.
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Man Bonds With Mother Squirrel -  How Squirrels Keep Cool

Friday, April 5, 2019

Raccoon Quality Time in the Backyard




At first I thought this was Mother Raccoon but after getting a better look I think it is father Raccoon who doesn't have a whole lot of interest in his progeny. But he is a friendly guy to have around and also known as the laziest raccoon in the world: https://youtu.be/HGqrYEnxrNg
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Canon SX70 and SX60 HS Comparison, Test, Tips and Review


Canon SX70 and SX60 HS Comparison, Test, Tips and Review


Should you buy the Canon SX70 or the older Canon SX60 before they are all gone?
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Florida Screech Owl Nest Box Camera Live Stream



Florida Screech Owl Nest Box Live Stream

Live Eastern Screech Owl Nest Camera Live Stream. Mother Screech Owl incubates the eggs and feeds the owlets. She leaves at dusk revealing the eggs and owlets and then returns and the Father owl brings lizards and various other treats throughout the night. First Owlet hatched on 3/31, the second on April 1st - the third on April 2nd,  the remaining egg should hatch on the 3rd or 4th or it will be too late. They will fledge or leave the nest around the end of April probably around the 26th or 27th.

This link will always take you directly to the live stream until the owlets fledge in late April:
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Although this URL stays the same every once in awhile the stream resets and starts over with a fresh chat and numbers count which is unfortunate but you can be assured you are always on the current live stream with the link above. After a session ends it is turned into a YT video for posterity and can be replayed including Chat comments.

You can also get to the live feed from the main MBYB YT page where it will be highlighted when live:  https://www.youtube.com/MyBackyardBirding
You can launch the YT miniplayer from the bottom right below the red line which will open up a dedicated window so you can watch the owls while doing other things on your PC.

If you miss something that happened in the nest box or want to catch up this stream has DVR enabled, so you can back up the video as much as four hours.  Hover your mouse pointer over the red timeline at the bottom of the screen and move your pointer over it to decide how far to back up.  Then click “LIVE” (just below the red line) when you want to return to the real time stream.




Florida Screech Owl Nest Box Live Stream