Andy Thompson of “Bird Watcher’s Digest” shows Harry Smith of the CBS Morning News, some of the great new products available for backyard birders including the water wiggler, audubon nesting boxes, and the Identiflyer. Great video for backyard birding basics, including a segment on field guides, bird feeders and squirrel proofing.
If your hummingbird feeder just doesn’t get you close enough to the action, Humboldt County Inventor Doyle has the solution – a wearable hummingbird feeder mask.
Doyle developed the hummingbird mask feeders in 2008 (see video below) and sells them at his website for $79.95. He also offers a great deal of production information that would be useful for anyone who wanted to build their own mask feeder.
Doyle has posted several videos of the mask feeder in action, including this one of his nephew using the mask.
Get a bird’s eye view of a pair of eagles and their new chicks. The live video is being streamed by the Raptor Resource Project, and has had over 100,000 viewers at any given time. The camera is mounted …
Think of topiary and you may envision a whimsical ivy sculpture of a Mickey Mouse or Cinderella at Disneyworld. But the art of topiary has been around for ages and was actually practiced in early Roman and Greek gardens and courtyards. Shaped wire cages are sometimes employed in modern topiary to help guide pruning, whereas traditional topiary depends on a trained eye, skilled patience and a steady hand.
Latin for an ornamental landscape gardener, topiary is the art of creating sculptures using clipped trees, shrubs and plants. The shrubs and plants used in topiary are evergreen, have small leaves or needles, produce dense foliage, and have compact and columnar growth. Common plants used in topiary include boxwood, arborvitae, bay laurel, holly, myrtle, yew, and privet. Shaped wire cages or frames are used in modern topiary to guide plants. Wire frames can be homemade by bending wire to form shapes, or purchased commercially in many unique styles and sizes.
Using frames for topiary, or American Portable style topiary, was introduced to the US at Disneyland around 1962. Walt Disney helped bring this new medium into being – recreating his cartoon characters throughout his theme park in landscape shrubbery.
Mention pollen and you may think allergies, but did you know that our survival actually depends on the stuff. 80% of the world’s crop plants depend on pollination. Pollinators are responsible for an estimated 1 out of every 3 mouthfuls of our food. They are essential to the fibers we use, the medicines that keep us healthy, and more than half of the world’s diet of fats and oils. Insect pollinators, including honey bees, pollinate products amounting to $20 billion annually in the U.S. alone.
A very good quality video of a mother hummingbird nesting. The video includes a close up view of her building the nest, the eggs in the nest, mother hummingbird feeding the chicks, preening, the nestlings growing, testing their wings and finally taking their first flight as hummers.
For an amatuer backyard birder like myself, bird song identification can be overwhelming. But I found a hand-held resource that has made it fun and easy for me and my family. The Birdsong Identiflyer™ plays …
The state bird of Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin, the American Robin is a familiar songbird in the thrush family. They live in towns and woodlands, and are commonly seen on suburban lawns exhibiting their “running and stopping” behavior as they gather their morning worms.
The America Robin feeds on different things throughout the day, including earthworms in the morning, and fruits and berries in the evening. They are mostly active during the day and gather in large flocks at night to roost in trees in secluded areas.
What do flocks of birds have in common with trust, monogamy, and even the release of breast milk? According to a new report in the journal Science, they are regulated by virtually identical neurochemicals in the brain, known as oxytocin in mammals and mesotocin in birds.
This summer, a flock of Eastern Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) routinely visited my Chelmsford, Massachusetts backyard. The turkeys regularly pecked their way around the yard each morning, spending most of their time scratching and grazing on spilled seed from our bird feeders.
The flock was usually comprised of about a dozen hens (females), jakes, and jennies (young male and female turkeys). The size and number of the birds, made them an imposing site in our suburan New England backyard.
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The rule implements federal protections provided by the ESA for the Cantabrian capercaillie, Marquesan imperial pigeon, Eiao Marquesas reed-warbler, greater adjutant, Jerdon’s courser, and slender-billed curlew.
If the pair’s breeding effort is successful at Midway Atoll Refuge, it would mark the first confirmed hatching of a short-tailed albatross outside of Japan in modern history.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a report recommending closing human access to caves and mines where bats with white-nose syndrome are hibernating in an area more than 250 miles from other WNS-affected caves and mines.
The oldest known U.S. wild bird – a coyly conservative 60 — is a new mother. The bird, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, was spotted a few weeks ago with a chick by John Klavitter, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and the deputy manager of the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The bird …
Damage to bat wings from the fungus associated with white-nose syndrome (WNS) may cause catastrophic imbalance in life-support processes, according to newly published research. This imbalance may be to blame for the more than 1 million deaths of bats due to WNS thus far, proposes Carol Meteyer, a pathologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National …
Researchers found that deforestation in the New England area at that time produced significant soil erosion, increasing sediment delivery rates — the natural flow of sand and soil in water systems. The large amounts of sediment traveling in rivers and streams to the coastline spurred a significant period of wetland growth, leading to marshes lining the coast of New England that today are abnormally large.