Thursday, August 17, 2017

Young Bear Steals Bounce Ball





Young Bear Steals Bounce Ball



A young bear searching for bird food on the deck can't resist an Amazing Spider Man bounce ball - after all it says suitable for ages 3 and Up! This young male bear is facing his first full summer on his own and is probably around 3 years old. He is still really a kid at heart after first ignoring the bounce ball he decides to take it after all. I found it later deflated with numerous tooth holes in it. Such a sweet bear I hope he stays out of trouble.
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Young Bear Steals Bounce Ball






Young Bear Steals Bounce Ball

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Blue Jay Breakfast Feeding Frenzy



Blue Jay Breakfast Feeding Frenzy

OH My - The Noise - 14 Blue Jays for Breakfast Peanuts! A bumper crop of babies means a record number of Backyard Blue Jays in Florida. You will notice a variety of adults and youngsters and some in various stages of molting their head feathers. You will also notice a wide variety of calls as they noisily congregate in the big oak tree next to the feeder. One is practicing its Red Shouldered Hawk call for future use. Blue Jays spread out into couples to mate and raise their young in spring then come together in extended family groups in late summer into winter. I have a feeling its going to be a wild winter in Backyard South this season - if I can afford to feed them!

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Blue Jay Breakfast Feeding Frenzy

Blue Jay Breakfast Feeding Frenzy

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Black Bellied Whistling Duck Call



Black Bellied Whistling Duck Call



The Black Bellied Whistling Duck making a full ear-splitting whistle call in extreme close-up. These are common ducks in Florida and their flock calls are a common sound at dusk in the Backyard, but these two beauties are in captivity and get along with humans just fine.

The black-bellied whistling duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), formerly also called black-bellied tree duck, is a whistling duck that breeds from the southernmost United States and tropical Central to south-central South America. In the USA, it can be found year-round in parts of southeast Texas, and seasonally in southeast Arizona, and Louisiana's Gulf Coast. It is a rare breeder in such disparate locations as Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, though it is now a common breeder in parts of central Florida. There is a large population of several hundred that winter each year in Audubon Park in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. Since it is one of only two whistling-duck species native to North America, it is occasionally just known as the "whistling duck" in the southern USA.

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Black Bellied Whistling Duck Call

Black Bellied Whistling Duck Call



Young Hooded Merganser Ducks



Young Hooded Merganser Ducks



Juvenile Hooded Merganser Ducks diving for food give just a hint of the wildly colorful head dress and crests that come with adulthood. They are usually just winter visitors to Florida. These ducks are in captivity, but totally oblivious to humans and having a grand time.

Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds and rivers, where they dive for fish, crayfish, and other food, seizing it in their thin, serrated bills. They nest in tree cavities; the ducklings depart with a bold leap to the forest floor when only one day old.

Hooded Mergansers dive to catch aquatic insects, crayfish, and small fish. Males court females by expanding their white, sail-like crests and making very low, gravelly, groaning calls. Hooded Mergansers fly distinctively, with shallow, very rapid wingbeats.

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Young Hooded Merganser Ducks






Young Hooded Merganser Ducks

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Black Bear - Breakfast On The Deck!



Good Morning - what's for breakfast?

Black Bear



Young male Black Bear now on his own makes a very rare daylight morning stop on the deck looking for food. Also a rare morning when the two trail cams are still running so we see the bear from three different cameras. Note the Eastern Towhees sounding the alarm calls - Blue Jays are not a big presence here so the Towhees are sort of the Backyard Watchouts.  I always put the bird food away at night and put it back up in morning - perhaps this bear is starting to figure that out. The fact that more bears have been showing up recently may mean that food is scarcer than usual up in the mountain forests. This should be berry-time!



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Good Morning - what's for breakfast?