Friday, September 22, 2017

Green Heron Extreme Close Up



Green Heron Extreme Close Up

Close up of a stunning Green Heron hunting in the trees over flooded swamp behind the Backyard. Dense heavy vegetation in or near water is the preferred place to spot these elusive and beautiful herons. This heron was attacked by the Backyard Blue Jays at the end of this film - to see the mobbing and attack that follows check out: Blue Jay Mob Attacks Green Heron https://youtu.be/O-uzC2LF9g0
Along quiet streams or shaded riverbanks, a lone Green Heron may flush ahead of the observer, crying "kyow" as it flies up the creek. This small heron is solitary at most seasons and often somewhat secretive, living around small bodies of water or densely vegetated areas. Seen in the open, it often flicks its tail nervously, raises and lowers its crest. The "green" on this bird's back is an iridescent color, and often looks dull bluish or simply dark.
New HD videos uploaded frequently. Subscribe at:
http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...

Green Heron Extreme Close Up


Green Heron Extreme Close Up

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pileated Woodpecker Adventure - Mini Documentary



Pileated Woodpecker Adventure - Mini Documentary

Pileated Woodpeckers extreme close-up! A uncut behind the scenes look at the challenges of  wildlife film making as an amazing pair of Pileated Woodpeckers make an appearance in the flooded jungle behind the Backyard after Hurricane Irma and get everybody excited - especially me and the squirrels!
New HD videos uploaded frequently. Subscribe at:
http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MyBackyardBirding


Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker Adventure - Mini Documentary

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Blue Jay Mob Attacks Green Heron - A Mini-Documentary



Blue Jay Mob Attacks Green Heron - A Mini-Documentary

A Blue Jay Wolf Pack surrounds a much large Green Heron hunting behind the Backyard and mercilessly attacks and harasses it until it moves on. Unlike perching hawks and eagles which are slow -  the nimble Green Heron is one bird that can take out a Blue Jay that gets to close with its sword tip sharp bill attached to a neck that can strike far and lighting fast. The Blue Jays seem to know how dangerous this big bird is and display unusual behavior in confronting it. They are quiet and surround it just like a pack of wolves and taking turns attacking it so the Heron can't focus on one bird to strike and kill. One of the most fascinating encounters I've ever seen in the Backyard. You may think of Herons as hunting fish etc in the water, but they are also quite adept at hunting in the trees above and around the wetlands as this one is doing. Snakes, frogs, baby squirrels, rats and mice and smaller birds are all on the menu. The Blue Jays continue to be the protectors of their own family, but also many other creatures of the Backyard, this aspect of their place in Nature is often not known or overlooked.

New HD videos uploaded frequently. Subscribe at:
http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MyBackyardBirding




Blue Jay Mob Attacks Green Heron - A Mini-Documentary


Monday, September 18, 2017

Blue Jays Survive Hurricane Irma in Florida



Blue Jays Survive Hurricane Irma in Florida

The Backyard Blue Jays survived Hurricane Irma which was a category one when it passed the Backyard. A lot of trees de-leafed and blown down in the conservation area, but the birds and squirrels know how to survive. More on that later. But that's not to say they weren't hungry and happy for a friendly peanut when I got back home! Good to see them again.
New HD videos uploaded frequently. Subscribe at:
http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...


Blue Jays Survive Hurricane Irma in Florida



Blue Jays Survive Hurricane Irma in Florida


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Chipmunk Tries To Fit "Square Peg Into Round Hole"



Chipmunk Tries To Fit "Square Peg Into Round Hole"

Chipmunk collects corn cobs as trophies, but how does he get them into his burrow. Any human can relate to the trials and tribulations and frustrations this little fellow goes through - one also wonders what's going on in the cute things tiny little brain. Feel free to suggest other thought bubbles in the comments section! Filmed with great luck using two trail cameras once I found his corn cob decorated burrow entrance.

New HD videos uploaded frequently. Subscribe at:
http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MyBackyardBirding



Chipmunk Tries To Fit "Square Peg Into Round Hole"


Chipmunk Tries To Fit "Square Peg Into Round Hole"

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bizarre Fly Imitates A Hornet or Yellow Jacket



Video: Bizarre Fly Imitates A Hornet or Yellow Jacket

The Virginia Flower Fly or Yellow Jacket Hover Fly (Milesia virginiensis) is a bizarre fly that looks like a big scary hornet. In the south, it is sometimes called the 'good news bee' for its habit of hovering in front of a person "giving the news". It is also said to be good luck if one can get the insect to perch on a finger, no doubt because this is difficult to do. It mimics the southern YellowJacket as a defense mechanism - that works really well because when you see one of these you don't want to mess with it. I have only caught fleeting glimpses of this strange fly over the years, but here caught in the open on the deck it is making an aggressive hornet stand - lucky for it I know its secret. Despite its looks -once you realize what it is you should remember is is actually an important pollinator of flowers and not dangerous at all. Enjoy one of the more unique disguise adoptions of Nature and let them "Bee" - maybe they'll bring you luck.
New HD videos uploaded frequently. Subscribe at:
http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...


Virginia Flower Fly or Yellow Jacket Hover Fly



Video: Bizarre Fly Imitates A Hornet or Yellow Jacket

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Song Birds Pull Together After Hurricane Irma



Song Birds Pull Together After Hurricane Irma

After a rocking windy and rainy night of the remnants of Hurricane Irma passing through the Great Smoky Mountains its #Songbird strong this Morning! Daylight brought an unusual sense of camaraderie among the American Goldfinches, Juncos, Chickadees and other small birds. Six Goldfinches managed to squeeze together on what was left of the finch sock with no fuss or pushing and shoving and even the Dark Eyed Junco's were behaving themselves. A note: deciduous trees provide little shelter in high winds - little birds just love big dense arborvitae  trees for shelter from storms and nest building.

New HD videos uploaded frequently. Subscribe at:
http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MyBackyardBirding



Song Birds Pull Together After Hurricane Irma

Song Birds Pull Together After Hurricane Irma


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Eye Of Hurricane Irma Passing Over Florida Keys - HI Res Radar Animation...



Eye Of Hurricane Irma Passing Over Florida Keys

HI-Res Doppler radar loop of Cat 4 Hurricane Irma's Eye passing over Key West and the Florida Keys this morning Sunday September 10, 2017. The Florida Backyard and its creatures are well away from the worst of Irma, but our thoughts are with those people and wildlife in her path. Radar imagery courtesy of NOAA NCEI and the dedicated NWS people keeping it running at the Key West NWS office.

New HD videos uploaded frequently. Subscribe at:
http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MyBackyardBirding

Eye Of Hurricane Irma Passing Over Florida Keys - HI Res Radar Animation...

Eye Of Hurricane Irma Passing Over Florida Keys





Goldfinches Up close




Goldfinches Up close

A male American Goldfinch in all its splendor spends some quality time in front of the camera - taking a break from the Finch feeder. Summer is almost over and you can begin to see a little fading of the bright yellow that is the hallmark of these gorgeous little birds. The bad little birds acting up are Dark Eyed Junco's - starting to see a lot of them lately. They are cute little tubby birds in their own way.

New HD videos uploaded frequently. Subscribe at:
http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MyBackyardBirding


Goldfinches Up close



Goldfinches Up close

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chickadees!




Chickadee


Chickadees - just Chickadees for a change. A rare chance to have food to themselves except for one brief visitor. In the Great Smoky Mountains Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees ranges overlap and it can be a challenge to tell them apart. What type of Chickadees do you think these are?

New HD videos uploaded frequently. Subscribe at:

http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MyBackyardBirding