Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hand Feeder Cam for Blue Jays and Squirrels


Hand Feeder Cam for Blue Jays and Squirrels


HandCam experiment for feeding Blue Jays and Squirrels by hand is fun, but a work in progress. It will take even the squirrels a bit of time to adapt to it. A few of the Blue Jays got with the program immediately, but most are a little stand-offish. More to come!
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Hand Feeder Cam for Blue Jays and Squirrels


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Grackles Up-Close in 4K UHD



Grackles Up-Close in 4K UHD


The Common Grackle is a gorgeous bird that is best appreciated up close like another bird would experience it. On this cloudy day it has a strangely intimidating look to it - like a moving black featureless hole in the world with eyes. When viewed face on in UHD it displays a total lack of color except for those yellow eyes with black pupils and can almost seem to disappear into the background. In sunlight it can appear iridescent with colors changing depending on the angle of sunlight striking it.
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Grackles Up-Close in 4K UHD

Grackles Up-Close in 4K UHD


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Io Moth Caterpillar


Io Moth Caterpillar


The Io Moth Caterpillar is the final larval stage of the magnificent Io Moth with the huge eye spots on its wings. The attractive Io moth caterpillar is also well-known because of its painful sting. Look and appreciate, but don't touch - some people can have a really bad reaction to handling or contacting these and other prickly caterpillars like the Tussock Moth that has been featured on this channel many times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGpA8...
Full-grown (usually fifth instar) larvae are approximately 60 mm (about 2⅜ in.) in length . They are green with a lateral abdominal white stripe edged on the top and bottom with red stripes. Both thoracic legs and abdominal prolegs are reddish, and there are ventro-lateral reddish patches on the abdominal segments. The body is virtually surrounded with scoli bearing black-tipped venomous spines.
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Io Moth Caterpillar

Io Moth Caterpillar


Friday, January 12, 2018

Flock of Blue Jays in 4K UHD


Flock of Blue Jays in 4K UHD


A flock or "Band" of Blue Jays feeds in one minute with surprising precision - all in 4K UHD - enjoy! I've taken the action to the Jays territory so you can see how they queue up and get more incoming flight action.

I love the jay that comes in for the last peanut at the 0:55 mark from high on the branch to a perfect landing on the edge of the plank- amazing birds! Note the squirrel that appears out of the woods at 1:39 I think this is the one from the other territory and I'm thinking this particular area of the fence with feeder is where squirrel territories overlap.
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Flock of Blue Jays in 4K UHD

Flock of Blue Jays in 4K UHD


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Squirrel Sees His Image For the First Time



Squirrel Sees His Image For the First Time



A Gray Squirrel comes out of the woods and sees his image reflected in the camera lens for the first time. He finds himself quite fascinating!
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Squirrel Sees His Image For the First Time

Squirrel Sees His Image For the First Time

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Seventeen Blue Jays Have Breakfast



Seventeen Blue Jays Have Breakfast



17 Blue Jays enjoy peanuts for breakfast in the Backyard and then come back for seconds and thirds! The recent brutal cold weather (actually 32 degrees this AM) has lead to a record number of hungry Jays. They proceed in an orderly fashion for the most part, it takes less than two minutes for the 17 peanuts to disappear.
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Seventeen Blue Jays Have Breakfast

Eastern Screech Owls Nesting Update



Eastern Screech Owls Nesting Update


Eastern Screech Owls have moved to another nest box to start their family. This is good news because this box has a camera inside. Stay Tuned!
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Eastern Screech Owls Nesting Update

Eastern Screech Owls Nesting Update

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Gray Catbirds Vacationing in Florida for Winter!


Gray Catbirds Vacationing in Florida for Winter!

About a dozen more Gray Catbirds arrived on January 1st and are just having a ball in the birdbaths! Fun, gregarious and water-loving they have joined their few resident cousins and like any visitor to a Florida relatives house in winter the first thing they have to do is jump in the pool! They never stray far from the dense brush right behind the Backyard where they can disappear into the scenery and only be known by their cat-like meowing call. Guest appearances by the usual suspects. Watch for a rare appearance by a Mockingbird and Brown Thrasher with the catbirds making up all of the bird family Mimidae, the "Mimics" known for their singing prowess. Also watch for a Painted Bunting and bathing Catbird in the same frame as a Blue Jay eating at the window feeder. Enjoy!
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Gray Catbirds Vacationing in Florida for Winter!


Gray Catbirds Vacationing in Florida for Winter!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Merced and San Luis National Wildlife Refuges California - Birds, Wildlife and Relaxing Music



Merced and San Luis National Wildlife Refuge California 

A relaxing tour of some of the birds and animals at the San Luis National Wildlife Complex along the San Joaquin River west of Merced, California.
The Refuge is host to significant assemblages of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and plants; some of which, such as the California tiger salamander, the long-horned fairy shrimp, and San Joaquin kit fox, are endangered species. The Complex contains all the representative habitats found in the northern San Joaquin Valley. All of the refuge units are located adjacent to the San Joaquin River and its tributaries, and habitats are highly variable, ranging from hydric (or wet) conditions to xeric (or dry) conditions. The Complex and neighboring lands feature the largest network of freshwater wetlands remaining in California.
Other units in the San Luis NWR Complex include the Merced NWR, San Joaquin River NWR, and Grasslands Wildlife Management Area.
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Merced and San Luis National Wildlife Refuges California

Merced and San Luis National Wildlife Refuge California 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Blue Jay Resistant Bird Feeder - And Squirrels To!



Blue Jay Resistant Bird Feeder - And Squirrels To!


Keep squirrels and Blue Jays out of your bird feeder with the Woodlink Absolute Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder Model 7533. I previously tested this feeder for squirrel resistance and now have adjusted it to exclude Blue Jays. Jays are extremely smart and one of my favorite birds but I wanted a feeder for just the Cardinals and Painted Buntings to enjoy - I am pleased - my results are in the video.
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Blue Jay Resistant Bird Feeder


Blue Jay Resistant Bird Feeder - And Squirrels To!