Thursday, July 20, 2017

Potato Chip Blue Jays



Potato Chip Blue Jays

Potato Chip Blue Jays
Potato Chip Blue Jays

Spicy BBQ chips were too hot for us humans to enjoy, but surprisingly the Blue Jay family preferred them to bird seed mix, peanuts and sunflower seeds once they tried them! This was just a short experiment - I do not suggest feeding these ultra smart birds junk food. But it does speak to their intelligence that they find new food fascinating and are open to experimentation and apparently crave a little variety. Although it it said birds do not experience "taste" as we do - one wonders?



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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Beavertail Cactus in Bloom



Beavertail Cactus in Bloom


Beavertail Cactus in Bloom





Stunning Beavertail pricklypear or Beavertail cacti in bloom (Opuntia basilaris) filmed in the Mojave Desert and Death Valley National Park in mid-April.

Flat, grayish-green, leafless, jointed stems in a clump, lack large spines and have vivid rose or reddish-lavender flowers on upper edge of joint. Beaver-tail cactus is a low-growing prickly pear, 6-12 in. high, with brilliant, majenta flowers. The pads of this cactus lack the long, straight spines of other prickly pears but are covered with miniscule, gray-blue bristles with barbed tips.



The gray-green stems, low growth, and brilliant flowers, which often nearly cover the plant, make this a popular ornamental in hot, dry climates. It need not be dug up; a joint broken from a plant will quickly root in dry sand. Opuntia with flat joints are called Pricklypear; in the Southwest, if the fruits are juicy and edible, they area called tuna by people of Spanish-American heritage.



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Big Baby Bird Polka



Big Baby Bird Polka

Sparrow baby appears bigger than it's parents. A mistake with the video ended up with a time lapse and stop motion effect - so a little fun polka music fits!

Big Baby Bird Polka


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Tufted Titmouse Grabs A Peanut



Tufted Titmouse Grabs A Peanut


Tufted Titmouse Grabs A Peanut

Tufted Titmouse Grabs A Peanut
Mr Titmouse has his eye on a big roasted peanut, but it's a busy  morning at the feeder so he  has to wait for his chance!  How he is going to get that big thing open - well that's another story......



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder?



Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder?

 Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder

Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder?
Practical review of Woodlink Absolute Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder Model 7533.

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This is the Woodlink Absolute Squirrel-Resistant Bird Feeder Model 7533 – It has a feeder perch on only one side and holds a lot of seed. I got it so I could leave a large amount of seed for the Florida Backyard birds when I'm traveling for long periods and they won't run out of seed or have the squirrels eat all the bird seed. There are two other models – a larger one with feeders on both sides and a smaller one with a feeder on one side.

This one is heavy – well made and attractive and it forces the birds to one side so I can always see them feeding. Note that it is “Squirrel Resistant” not squirrel-proof – I'm not sure anything can be totally squirrel-proof!

These feeders uses weight adjustable perchs that shut off the access to the seeds whenever anything heavier than birds sits or pushes on it. I have it set a little  heavy so as not to exclude any birds – just squirrels and larger. Generally it works great and I am quite happy with this feeder.

Squirrels immediately began attacking it of course and the weight limiting perch works well, but the squirrels found two ways to get a small amount of seed out of the feeder – one was to hang down off the roof for a bit, which is pretty slippery and carefully eat some of the seeds without touching the perch mechanism or try and scoop some seeds out of the feeding holes so they fall on the ground and then they get it later. Most of the time the squirrels slip off the roof and fall to the ground after getting a small amount of seed this way. After awhile they get bored with the small reward for all the work and move on to something else and come back and test it periodically.

I recommend this particular model of the feeder as it seems to be sold at the best price for what you get. It is very sturdy and I simply hung it off the end of a strong branch on an oak tree with the enclosed hanger that is very sturdy. I did not use the pole that came with. I've had it up for eight months now with no problems.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Largest Land Snail In USA Will Amaze You



Largest Land Snail In USA Will Amaze You



The Queen Crater Snail or Appalachina chilhoweensis is a rare snail and thought to be the largest native land snail in the eastern US - it is big and beautiful. This one was filmed at about 4,600 feet elevation in the Great Smoky Mountains munching on a large fantail fungi. This is a very wet and dark environment that does not get full sun in summer due to the dense forest canopy. The video includes a closeup of their huge rasping "mouth" and its amazing ability to literally "swallow" its own head as a defensive maneuver when it bumps into a large beetle - perhaps some sort of stag-horn that was also eating inside the mushroom. When you see its "face" slowly reappear back out of its body you will be amazed. Combined with the music and the stunning beauty of this snail in action you may come to appreciate these wonderful creatures.
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The Queen Crater Snail or Appalachina chilhoweensis

Largest Land Snail In USA Will Amaze You



American Goldfinch


American Goldfinch

Male American Goldfinch chilling on a evergreen tree in the Great Smoky Mountains. These delightful and gregarious songbirds love thistle sock feeders where they can gather in large numbers but its always nice to see one out in the open with a nice green contrast. The zoom lens is misleading here - they are some of the smallest birds that come to feeders. This is also a challenging shot technically as the finch is illuminated by direct afternoon sun but the background is in the shade and auto white balance can not handle it giving the bird sort of a whitish color on the back. A lot of defects on film can be simply fixed, but not blown out white!
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American Goldfinch


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