Monday, December 22, 2014

NASA Orion Delta IV Heavy Launch




NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they've ever gone before. Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 12/5/2014. Heavy rain south of the launch site blocked the view of the launch from the "Backyard" and for many people and it was only visible for a minute before disappearing into the clouds. Nevertheless, a great successful launch and the sound of the launch reaching the backyard was quite loud! One of the bigger "birds" that can be seen or heard from the "Backyard" and its definitely heading "beyond".

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Pseudo Scorpion or False Scorpion



A nest of pseudo scorpions is uncovered when I replace a rotten board on the backyard fence. An amazing and extremely small creature in the arachnid family - it has scorpion like pincers, but no tail stinger. This is a new species for me. It is about 1/10 of an inch long and moves extremely fast and has a great "reverse gear". No doubt harmless and beneficial, unfortunately I disturbed its nest with several baby Pseudoscorpions or "Scorplings" which are white. The mother seems to display very strong maternal characteristics as she scrambles to check up on the youngsters. Amazingly, fire ants were on the move right next to their nest and even when exposed you can see the fire ants swerve quickly to miss the pseudo scorpion as they pass on the fence post. The fact that two incredibly small creatures can be approaching each other at a relative high speed and sense each other and react in a fraction of a second says something about the miracles of Nature that never cease to amaze!

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Pseudo Scorpion or False Scorpion

Grackle Flock Calls - Amazing Sound!


Common Grackles by the Hundreds descend on the backyard to rest briefly in the trees - resulting in a deafening cacophony that may not be pleasing to the ear, but is surely exciting. They depart as rapidly as they arrived - leaving silence and a few upset Blue Jays wondering what just happened. Grackles are year-round residents, but they form into huge flocks in the winter and move as a group looking for food.

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Common Grackle



Monday, December 15, 2014

Cute Baby Tree Frogs


Cute little Cuban Tree "Froglets" just a day or two removed from the tadpole transition stage. Found a few of them sitting on a wet leaf in the morning. Three of them would fit on your finger tip.

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Backyard Birding and Beyond Channel Trailer



I updated the promo for the YouTube channel www.youtube.com/MyBackyardBirding to make it shorter and more engaging. Let me know if you have any feedback. 

Welcome to Backyard Birding ....and Beyond! Sharing original videos of birds, wildlife and Nature observed in the backyard and in my travels. New HD videos are uploaded weekly. Subscribe, comment and share the love of Nature! Adventure is as near as the Backyard!   Backyard Birder (BB)
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Dance Of The Nuthatch !
Funniest and Cutest Baby Screech Owls!
Painted Buntings - Up Close and Hungry!
Pileated Woodpeckers Amazing Calls!
Wild Transformer Owls - New and Natural!
Funniest and Cutest Baby Squirrels !
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White Breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Screech Owl, Painted Bunting, Pileated Woodpecker, Baby Red Squirrels




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Purple Finch or House Finch



Purple Finch or House Finch which is it? It is a challenge filming small birds foraging naturally away from feeders like this voracious very red male Finch catching insects on wet tree leaves in the morning, even more challenging to identify them on the fly high in the tree canopy. House Finches are relatively common, Purple Finches less so, but the give away on this very red House Finch is the heavy streaking on sides and belly, and less noticeable the less notched tail than a Purple Finch.

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House Finch



Turkey Vulture Sunbathing to Clean Wings

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture Basking in the Afternoon Sun

Turkey Vulture at Cape Canaveral National Seashore, Florida seeing to personal hygiene, contrary to common belief they are very fastidious about their appearance. Exposing the vast expanse of their 5-6 foot wingspan to the strong afternoon sun helps to reduce bacteria and small pests and keeps them looking good! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Record California Rain Storm Radar Loop



Record California Rain Storm Radar Loop


Historical Radar Loop of December 2014 Record Breaking Northern California Coastal Rain Storm bringing heavy rain, high winds and flooding.  Time lapse of San Francisco Area Radar every 30 minutes for complete storm from 0600 GMT Thursday December 11th (late Wednesday night) through 1256 GMT Friday December 12th (Friday morning west coast time).   Radar data from NOAA/NWS. Map background from OpenStreet Maps.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Robin, Goldfinches, Juncos, and Towhees Eating Devil's Walking Stick Berries



Devil's Walking Stick trees (Aralia spinosa) provide a bounty of purple berries in early fall that is a feast for birds such as American Robins, Dark Eyed Juncos, American Goldfinches and Eastern Towhees. You'll hear many other birds calling in the background. This is a great native plant (Eastern U.S.) to develop in the yard for bird lovers especially at a transition from grass to forest. 

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Robin, Goldfinches, Juncos, and Towhees Eating Devil's Walking Stick Berries


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bonsai Tree Garden Meditation North Carolina Arboretum



Bonsai Tree Garden Tour at the North Carolina Arboretum. Relax and enjoy the amazing displays of bonsai trees and "open your mind to the possibility that the greatest mystery of life can be found in a single, tiny leaf....."  A great place to visit if your passing through the Asheville, NC area - more info at:
http://www.ncarboretum.org/
"Eureka" by Huma-Huma from YouTube Audio Library

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Bonsai Tree Garden North Carolina Arboretum