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  • Popular Boat Tailed Grackle Calling and Displaying

    Boat Tailed Grackle Calling and Displaying

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    An underappreciated handsome bird this male Boat tailed Grackle puts on quite a show in the vast Florida marsh on a very windy spring day and does his wing flapping, bill snapping eyelid blinking routine on a piece of prime real estate.

  • 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 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 Couple Gets Paid to Travel the World & Shares How They Did It

    Couple Gets Paid to Travel the World & Shares How They Did It

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    How this couple travels long term and gets paid to do it! Kristen and Siya from Hopscotch the Globe have been traveling for nearly 10 years and documenting their adventures on their blog, and on YouTube. In this video, they talk about how they got started

  • Popular Why Cuba’s Streets Are Filled With Classic Cars

    Why Cuba’s Streets Are Filled With Classic Cars

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    About 60,000 classic cars fill the streets of Cuba, and a trip isn't complete without a ride. Cubans have used their ingenuity to keep these decades-old cars on the streets.

  • Popular The World’s Largest Cruise Ship Has Made Its Way To The United States

    The World’s Largest Cruise Ship Has Made Its Way To The United States

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    Symphony of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's newest fleet addition and is the largest cruise ship in the world. It arrived in Miami this November to leave for its first adventure.

  • Popular Jasper Dark Sky Preserve | Starlight and northern lights time lapse | Alberta, Canada

    Jasper Dark Sky Preserve | Starlight and northern lights time lapse | Alberta, Canada

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    In Alberta, even the skies are amazing! And it’s not all because of nature. Well, mostly it is, but Alberta also has six dark sky preserves, which is an official designation for places that limit light pollution to maximize the views of the night sk

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