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  • Popular Cardinal Versus Blue Jay Staring Contest

    Cardinal Versus Blue Jay Staring Contest

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    Mr. Cardinal puts on his game face and totally intimidates a Blue Jay at the feeder, you can almost read the Cardinals lips/beak when the Blue Jay flinches - their faces are so expressive. Of course that is not the end of it - the Blue Jay being a sore lo

  • Popular Eastern Towhee Whistle Call - and a Bunny!

    Eastern Towhee Whistle Call - and a Bunny!

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    Eastern Towhees are one of the most outgoing Backyard Birds in the Mountains of North Carolina as Ms Bunny will attest. Known for their famous "Drink Your Tea" song - they have a habit of making a high-pitched cheerful whistle call while they forage on th

  • Popular Downy Woodpecker Foraging

    Downy Woodpecker Foraging

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    Female Downy Woodpecker foraging. Sweet little Woodies they don't hold still long. Note how she is really more of a crevice hunter be it wood or rock.

  • Popular Elk Prunes Apple Tree and Mows the Yard

    Elk Prunes Apple Tree and Mows the Yard

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    Believe it or not some people actually complain when an elk visits their yard, but to me its a privilege to have one of these reintroduced and once extinct (since late 18th century) creatures pay a visit and a little grass mowing, tree trimming and fertil

  • Popular Red Panda or Mutant Raccoon?

    Red Panda or Mutant Raccoon?

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    This amazing creature showed up in the Backyard recently, could it possibly be a North American Red Panda thought to be extinct for 5 millions years - or more likely just about the strangest Raccoon you are ever going to see. The Red Panda and the Raccoon

  • Popular Pretty Possum

    Pretty Possum

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    Can we all just agree that Virginia Opossums are just downright cute and lovable? True they have the most sharp teeth of any mammal (50) and they have huge front feet and long claws on the back for digging, but they are rare North American marsupials with

  • Popular Next Generation Of Young Squirrels Out in the Backyard!

    Next Generation Of Young Squirrels Out in the Backyard!

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    The new graduates of the Backyard Youth Squirrel Academy are out and about en mass - not sure exactly how many as they don't hold still long, but something on the order of six to 8. They are out exploring the Backyard in May and generally more interested

  • Popular Northern Cardinal Kids and Dad

    Northern Cardinal Kids and Dad

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    Father Cardinal is definitely suffering from the "empty nest syndrome" and is have trouble just letting go. Happy Father's Day from the Backyard!

  • Popular American Robin Parents Feeding Fledglings

    American Robin Parents Feeding Fledglings

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    Robin parents feeding two (I think) of their fledglings. The baby robins jump or "flutter fall" from the next and spend their next weeks on the ground hiding in the brush and walking the yard following behind their parents. The robin families are not at a

  • Popular Wild Tom Turkey Gobble Gobble Calls with Beard

    Wild Tom Turkey Gobble Gobble Calls with Beard

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    Male Turkeys or "Toms" as they are called when mature are in a breeding mindset in late April and very competitive. This Tom encountered in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge gives the classic pose and gobble-gobble-gobble call and displays a nice lo

  • Popular The Parrot Whisperer Can Fix Your Bird Woes

    The Parrot Whisperer Can Fix Your Bird Woes

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    Got a particularly aggressive parrot? One having issues laying eggs? Or a chatty bird driving you up the wall? You don’t have to wing it—call Glenn Sorino for help. He’s been working with birds for 20 years, and he’s seen it all: &

  • Popular Young Rebel Red Squirrel Survives and Thrives After Injuries

    Young Rebel Red Squirrel Survives and Thrives After Injuries

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    This young red squirrel was having trouble fitting in with squirrel society last year and was thrown off the high deck and savagely beaten. Sort of a rebel that didn't understand how to get along with the elders. We were worried about him last Fall, but h

  • Popular Mother Eastern Screech Owl Red Morph - A Meditation

    Mother Eastern Screech Owl Red Morph - A Meditation

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    Mother Screech Owl spends all day watching over the nest box with her precious two surviving owlets inside. Father Screech Owl is not far away in another tree. All the hard work is over now they just rest by day and feed at night. Soon the owlets will fle

  • Popular Painted Bunting Migration

    Painted Bunting Migration

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    Painted Buntings have been increasing in the Backyard this past week as birds from south Florida are migrating through here on their way north and our local birds probably have or are leaving soon - not to return until mid-October. So now is a good time t

  • Popular Easter Bunny Miracle

    Easter Bunny Miracle

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    A new generation of baby bunnies appears in the Backyard after many years of absence congrats to Mr. Marsh Rabbit from last year who obviously found a female Marsh Rabbit and as they say - the rest is history. There is actually not that great of forage fo

  • Popular Slo Mo Crow

    Slo Mo Crow

    by Mel Added 334 Views / 0 Likes

    Fish crow comes in for a landing in slow motion - see how soon you can spot it. The Painted Bunting male picks up on it long before I can see it. Little bird senses a big bird and takes cover - even though the crow is no threat it is as big as a hawk so s

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