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  • Popular Red Shouldered Hawk

    Red Shouldered Hawk

    by Mel Added 278 Views / 0 Likes

    A close encounter with a stunning juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk in perfect morning light. This is the clearest video i've ever captured of a raptor in the wild. It is checking out the new Backyard bird studio I'm working on so this was a big bonus. More on

  • Popular Thousands of American Robins Roost in Florida

    Thousands of American Robins Roost in Florida

    by Mel Added 299 Views / 0 Likes

    The iconic American Robin is so familiar in northern lawns in spring and summer when they are breeding, building nests, raising their broods and eating earthworms right in front of us. But did you know they arrive in Florida in winter by the thousands in

  • Popular Blue Jays Cardinals Grackles and Buntings!

    Blue Jays Cardinals Grackles and Buntings!

    by Mel Added 301 Views / 0 Likes

    Florida Winter Backyard Bird selection - a little slice of Backyard life. Blue Jays, Miss cardinal, Common Grackles and little Painted Buntings seem to be getting along pretty well this afternoon.

  • Popular Backyard Birding Christmas Party

    Backyard Birding Christmas Party

    by Mel Added 262 Views / 0 Likes

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the Backyard! The creatures don't celebrate holidays, but they are always up for a party. This year the Painted Buntings party was held in a separate room for obvious reasons. As usual the decorati

  • Popular Florida Snail Kites Hunting Snails

    Florida Snail Kites Hunting Snails

    by Mel Added 260 Views / 0 Likes

    Endangered male Snail Kite on the St. John's River in central Florida flying low over the marsh using its keen eyesight to spot large Apple Snails to grab. A critically Endangered species all Florida Snail Kites are precious as their habitat continues to

  • Popular American Crows Calling

    American Crows Calling

    by Mel Added 291 Views / 0 Likes

    A small family of American Crows that hangs Backyard north having an extended conversation - although similar there are significant differences in each individual call.

  • Popular Wild Honey Bee Hive Up Close - A Meditation

    Wild Honey Bee Hive Up Close - A Meditation

    by Mel Added 250 Views / 0 Likes

    Honey Bee hive update from the squirrel nest box. Honeybees are fascinating to watch up close where you can see all the individuals. Kind of addicting really! The bees have built an impressive hive that is now extending well outside of the nest box and th

  • Popular Coopers Hawk Calling and Causing a Forest Commotion

    Coopers Hawk Calling and Causing a Forest Commotion

    by Mel Added 280 Views / 0 Likes

    Intense Bird drama unfolds in the forest edge and we can hear it all, but not see what's going on until the very end. Its all about understanding bird behavior by ear! The call of a Coopers Hawk is really quite unusual and sounds very similar to a Pileate

  • Popular Red Squirrel Kittens Leave the Nest Box

    Red Squirrel Kittens Leave the Nest Box

    by Mel Added 284 Views / 0 Likes

    Watching the Red Squirrel kittens on their first day out of the nest box is always a hoot. Mom pretty much gives up on controlling them and any though of keeping a low profile is quickly out the window. I feed these very young squirrel just sunflower seed

  • Popular Backyard Songbird Sampler

    Backyard Songbird Sampler

    by Mel Added 259 Views / 0 Likes

    Two handsome Painted Buntings, a bright Song Sparrow, a hungry Mockingbird, a stealthy Eastern Phoebe (a type of flycatcher) and finally a Catbird ironically trying to sing while big dogs barking drown out the effort and he gives up. Noise pollution is an

  • Popular Cute Cotton Rat in the Backyard

    Cute Cotton Rat in the Backyard

    by Mel Added 382 Views / 0 Likes

    I found this little guys secret grass tunnel into the Backyard back fence from the conservation area. These are native grass loving rats and use grass tunnels to get around. As rats go Cotton Rats which live naturally in the conservation area are kind of

  • Popular Painted Buntings - Most Colorful Songbirds in North America!

    Painted Buntings - Most Colorful Songbirds in North America!

    by Mel Added 248 Views / 0 Likes

    Like clockwork the Painted Buntings have returned to the Backyard. They love white millet and heavy cover nearby. A couple of impressive males and a lot of "Greenies". There are several cameo appearances by the usual suspects, but see if you spot the very

  • Popular Mountain Climbing Is Never A Fun Date. Dave Nihill

    Mountain Climbing Is Never A Fun Date. Dave Nihill

    by Mel Added 502 Views / 0 Likes

    Mountain climbing is never a fun date, especially if your from Ireland like Dave Nihill.

  • Popular Red Squirrel Kitten in 4K

    Red Squirrel Kitten in 4K

    by Mel Added 321 Views / 0 Likes

    The red squirrel kittens are out of the nest box and on the loose. I love these little guys, so full of personality and mischief right out if the box. more of their adventures to come.

  • Popular Curious Young Elk

    Curious Young Elk

    by Mel Added 324 Views / 0 Likes

    Enjoy this frisky young elk born in the spring as it visits the Backyard and checks out the hummingbird feeder. Like young deer they have white spots this one will soon lose.

  • Popular Corvids Love Cat Food Kibbles - Big Bird Feeding Strategies

    Corvids Love Cat Food Kibbles - Big Bird Feeding Strategies

    by Mel Added 270 Views / 0 Likes

    Big Backyard Corvids like Blue Jays and Crows and also Grackles love cat food or "kibbles and bits" either dry or moist - and as you will see my squirrels turn their nose up at it. I enjoy all Backyard Birds and the intelligence and interactivity of Jays

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