Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pod of Baby Alligators Guarded by Mother



Pod of Baby Alligators Guarded by Mother


Several dozen cute baby American Alligators about two months old hang out in a group called a Pod and are guarded by their mother. Although they may appear larger in the video without a reference they are actually not much bigger than 14-16 inches. Mom on the other hand is about 9 feet or so and reasonably tolerant - their biggest threat is probably other male alligators or maybe a humongous Large Mouth Bass.
Toward the end of August, the young alligators begin to make high-pitched noises from inside of the egg. This lets the mother know that it is time to remove the nesting material. When the baby alligator hatches it measures about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters). Newly hatched alligators live in small groups, called "pods." Some 80 percent of young alligators fall victim to predators such as birds, raccoons, bobcats, otters, snakes, large bass and larger alligators. Females aggressively defend their young during these first few years. Crocodilians are one of the only orders of reptiles that offer maternal care to their young. The juveniles grow about a foot a year.
Female alligators usually remain in a small area. Males can occupy areas greater than two square miles. Both males and females extend their ranges during the breeding season. Young alligators remain in the area where they are hatched and where their mother protects them. After two to three years, they leave that area in search of food or when driven out by larger alligators.
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Pod of Baby Alligators Guarded by Mother

Pod of Baby Alligators Guarded by Mother


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Blue Jay and Squirrel Feeding - Have A Nice Day!



Blue Jay and Squirrel Feeding -  Have A Nice Day!

It's a great morning for feeding the Blue Jays and Squirrels in the Backyard! Experience the pure joy of feeding these intelligent and appreciative creatures that seem to bond with humans. A special appearance by the youngest member of Backyard Squirrel Society who is learning the ropes and trying the patience of the Blue Jays.
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 Squirrel Feeding

Blue Jay and Squirrel Feeding -  Have A Nice Day!

Friday, November 10, 2017

White Winged Dove - Extreme Close Up



White Winged Dove - Extreme Close Up

White-Winged Dove is a stunningly beautiful bird that can only really be appreciated close-up. These are very rare visitors to the Florida Backyard and very nervous because of their size and slowness they and the Eurasian Doves are the favorite meal of the Cooper's Hawk. Here is one in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76eAg...
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White Winged Dove - Extreme Close Up

White Winged Dove - Extreme Close Up


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mourning Dove versus Eastern Towhee Singing Contest



Mourning Dove versus Eastern Towhee Singing Contest


Mourning Dove and Eastern Towhee calling just a few feet away from each other get into a classic sing-off or singing contest. "Drink your Tea" Towhee versus the classic Dove Coo sound! Crank up the volume and close your eyes and you decide who wins - to be fair to the Dove it is mostly just off camera as I was focusing on the Towhee and in real-time didn't quite realize what was going on. Two very different styles of songs and singing - the Dove does it all without ever opening its beak - but uses its nostrils. An amazing version of the dove coo calling can be seen at: https://youtu.be/3Km-jtXueTw
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Mourning Dove versus Eastern Towhee Singing Contest

Mourning Dove versus Eastern Towhee Singing Contest

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Chipmunk Calling


Chipmunk Calling

The amazing sounds of an Eastern Chipmunk making the traditional "wood knocking" calls of Autumn. I have heard this sound echoing through the forest many times and while scientific studies indicate this is a warning call for predators - in this context it just doesn't make sense, one there are no predators - I am nearby and the Chipmunk knows me and, 2 he is well out in the open on a rock and exposed for many minutes making it easier for any predator like a hawk to have him for dinner. It is more likely a territorial call.
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Chipmunk Calling


Chipmunk Calling


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nuthatch Calls, Sounds and Behavior



Nuthatch Calls, Sounds and Behavior


White Breasted Nuthatch calls and sounds and behavior around a forest suet feeding location consist of aggressive displays of flared wings sometimes with a rattle-snake like rattle or Brrrr.... and a lot of calls that might be called "quank" or "yank" or "hit" calls that a pair of Nuthatches might use to keep in contact or let their other forest mates - mostly Chickadees and Titmice know that they are coming or in the area and maybe get out of the way. Fascinating birds. The ultimate Nuthatch display can be seen at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXIZe... which was oddly without vocalization.
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Nuthatch Calls, Sounds and Behavior


Nuthatch Calls, Sounds and Behavior


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Angry Bird - Extreme Close Up of Male Northern Cardinal



Angry Bird - Extreme Close Up of Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal is in a bad mood - those little green Buntings are getting on his nerves. He is doing a good Angry Bird act - first pecking the Bunting's reflection in the fish-eye lens and then realizing its right behind him. Enjoy seven minutes of a gorgeous Cardinal highlighted in the rising morning sun.
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Angry Bird - Extreme Close Up of Male Northern Cardinal


Angry Bird - Extreme Close Up of Male Northern Cardinal

Friday, November 3, 2017

Young Squirrel Out On His Own



Young Squirrel Out On His Own

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The young squirrels are out on their own into Backyard Squirrel society now. This handsome young male sticks to the trees and grooms in his favorite spot on top of the new "Squirrel Condo" in the main oak tree. He has a pretty carefree life at this point being cautious and staying for the most part out of the open yard and freezing when the adults sound the alarm as they do later in the clip. They learn fast and soon he will trust the peanut man. This latest generation of gray squirrels have exceptionally fluffy tails for so young.

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Young Squirrel Out On His Own
Young Squirrel Out On His Own

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Painted Buntings Arrive in Florida For Winter 2017



Painted Buntings Arrive For Winter 2017

Painted Buntings are migrating to and through the Florida Backyard - one of the most exciting events of each year! The first mature male - the most spectacular songbird in North America has made a grand entrance. The ratio of "Greenies" to the mature males is about four to one. They will stay until mid to late April.
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Painted Buntings Arrive in Florida For Winter 2017

Painted Buntings Arrive For Winter 2017


Monday, October 30, 2017

Blue Jays Need A Winter Project !



Blue Jays Need A Winter Project !

We have a Blue Jay family of about 12 that include the Florida Backyard in their territory. I gave them a trial run this morning and they are ready to go for the Winter! We - meaning me and you out there watching the YT videos need to come up with something challenging for them to do. I'm thinking various skill and intelligence tests as part of their generous free breakfasts and snacks. Oh they'll show up, but what can we think of that is fun, friendly and challenging for them to do - mostly centered around peanuts. If you come with any good ideas put them in the comments section. Here is to an interesting winter season.
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Blue Jays Need A Winter Project !


Blue Jays Need A Winter Project !