Our new website is live!

https://www.hancockwildlife.org

The New Forum is also live -
please join us!


 Forum Index > Other Birds and Wildlife > Birds other than raptors
 Birds -- General Discussion
 |  Printable Version
By: beans (offline) on Tuesday, May 03 2011 @ 07:44 PM EDT  
beans

If you like Bluebirds, you might want to take a look at this cam on Wildearth:



Monsieur brings food to Madame

Video: Beautiful Eastern Bluebirds

Madame has five eggs in her nest! She leaves for a few moments. Monsieur brings her food, which she takes from his beak. Then she returns to the nest box to resume incubating her eggs.

Recorded 5:10 PM local time

Sialia sialis

From the website:

"These cams are located in Maine, New York State, one inside and one just outside a nesting box. They will hopefully allow us to follow the nesting, egg laying, brooding and then the hatching and raising of chicks. The beautiful Eastern Bluebird is a member of the thrush family, as is the American Robin. They eat insects as well as berries. They nest in open fields or orchards. They will raise one to three broods per nesting season. The cams run from around 7 AM to 9 PM EDT during periods of nesting activity."

New York State Bluebird Society





Jean


Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 05/04/06
Posts: 1969
California

Profile     PM
   
By: beans (offline) on Wednesday, May 11 2011 @ 03:28 PM EDT  
beans



Video: Rooftop Oystercatcher Incubates her Eggs

Kjellaug and her mate Kjell are back at their rooftop nest in Bergen, Norway. When Kjellaug returns to the nest, she gives the cam a few good pecks before settling down on her eggs.

Recorded at 7:37 PM local time

Norwegian name: Tjeld

Haematopus ostralegus

From the website:

The Eurasian Oystercatchers usually breed on the ground in open areas. The concept of roof-breeding is known from different sites. Aberdeen in Scotland is known for its population of roof-breeding Oystercatchers, counting about 230 pairs in 2004. In other countries the phenomenon is more uncommon, but is recorded (at least) in the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Latvia, Germany and Norway.

"The Oystercatcher is one out of very few shorebirds that actually feed their young. This is also a condition for successful breeding on roofs up to 30 meters above the ground. In Bergen the adults feed in the parks near the building where they breed, and bring the food for their young. It seems that they mainly deliver Earth-worms Lumbricidae sp. to the chicks. The chicks stay on the roof until they are more or less able to fly.

Oystercatchers have been breeding on roofs in Bergen city, western Norway the last five years (since 2000). In this period at least three different roofs have had breeding birds."

http://tjeld.uib.no/


Jean


Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 05/04/06
Posts: 1969
California

Profile     PM
   
By: beans (offline) on Friday, May 13 2011 @ 02:03 AM EDT  
beans



Video: Good Morning Kjellaug and Kjell

Madame and Monsieur exchange places on the nest.

Recorded at 7:13 AM local time (May 13)

1st egg: 4/28
2nd egg: 4/29
3rd egg: 4/30

Incubation: 24 - 27 days
Fledging: 34 - 37 days

Norwegian name: Tjeld

Haematopus ostralegus

http://tjeld.uib.no/


Jean


Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 05/04/06
Posts: 1969
California

Profile     PM
   
By: beans (offline) on Friday, May 20 2011 @ 05:54 PM EDT  
beans



Video: Baby Herons Tussle & Peck

May 19, 2011: This Great Blue Heron nest has three chicks. The older two frequently beak each other, while the youngest looks on. Adult herons defend themselves with their long, sharp beaks, aiming for the eyes of a predator.

Recorded around noon local time

Ardea herodias

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
CritterZoom

Link to live cam:
http://www.critterzoom.com/Video/17/Her ... 0WDFW.html

More info here:
http://www.critterzoom.com/Page/1/Great ... Heron.html


Jean


Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 05/04/06
Posts: 1969
California

Profile     PM
   
By: beans (offline) on Saturday, July 16 2011 @ 03:13 PM EDT  
beans



Video: Mourning Dove Prefers the Finch Food

I had just filled the platform feeders with fresh, special dove food, but this little fella prefers what's in the Finches' bird feeder.

Zenaida macroura

Recorded at 11 AM


Jean


Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 05/04/06
Posts: 1969
California

Profile     PM
   
By: jwnix (offline) on Sunday, February 05 2012 @ 11:37 PM EST  
jwnix

Feb, 5, 2012
Risks to cranes in Texas raise profile of Wisconsin program

By LEE BERGQUIST / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE -- Battered by the worst drought on record in Texas, the world's only self-sustaining flock of migratory whooping cranes is showing vulnerabilities that raise the stakes for crane work in Wisconsin.

Texas' dry conditions and booming development have heightened worries about the health of the cranes and have sparked a legal battle over whether the endangered birds are getting their fair share of fresh water.

The specter of drought, hurricanes or other calamity is the reason Wisconsin and a few other states - away from Texas - were identified as candidates for crane reintroduction.

The 5-foot tall cranes that migrate today in the eastern United States, largely between Wisconsin and Florida, are a separate flock from those migrating between Texas and northern Alberta, Canada.

But despite a multimillion-dollar effort in the past decade, Wisconsin whoopers have struggled with reproduction issues and other problems.

Slow to mature and a frequent target of unregulated hunting, the tallest birds in North America have long had troubles. Just 15 migrating cranes existed in 1941.

The latest dilemma has been extremely dry conditions along the Gulf of Mexico. During the last major drought three years ago, 23 cranes died, although there's debate in the Lone Star State whether a water crisis or something else killed them.

Over the past year, rainfall at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/aransas/) has totaled 15 inches. That's down 59 percent from normal, government figures show.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the cranes this winter appear to be in good physical condition.

"But we are definitely concerned, and we are doing all we can to help them get ready for the migration," said Vicki Muller, an Aransas spokeswoman.

Some coastal marshes are now saltier than the ocean, and toxic algae blooms known as red tide are washing along the coast.

The refuge is in the process of burning more than 9,700 acres, which can provide new sources of food. It also is retrofitting windmills to ensure there is more fresh water available.

The vulnerability of the cranes has prompted the Wisconsin-based International Crane Foundation (http://www.savingcranes.org/) to take a more active role in Texas, including testimony in a case in federal court involving water rights and cranes.

The Crane Foundation's scientist based in Texas agrees with the Fish and Wildlife Service's current assessment - that there is little to suggest the birds, with their brilliant white plumage, appear to be in imminent trouble.

But looks can be deceiving.

"The cranes appear outwardly healthy," said Elizabeth H. Smith, a conservation biologist with the foundation. "But anecdotally, from my observations, they don't seem to be getting enough food."

Her worry is whether cranes will have adequate nutrition for breeding and to make the 2,500-mile migration to Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta.

Smith, who holds a doctorate in wildlife and fisheries sciences, says that plump blue crabs favored by the cranes have been in short supply in the marshes and estuaries. In addition, there appears to be a shortage of wolfberry, a type of vegetation that is another key food source.

Refuge biologists paint a more optimistic picture, noting that the cranes have moved to higher ground, and crab and wolfberry have been found in their feces.

Texas' water problems underscore the significance of work to reintroduce whooping cranes in the eastern United States.

The project started with a public-private, multimillion-dollar initiative in 2001.

Cranes hatched in captivity are trained to fly behind small experimental aircraft, whose pilots lead them on a migration path from Wisconsin to Florida. This year's migration - hamstrung by red tape and poor weather - is still under way. In recent years, other whooping cranes have been released to fly on their own with older cranes.

Both are labor-intensive, predicated on the concept that an initial migration imprints on the juvenile birds, allowing them to migrate on their own in the future.

There are about 100 cranes in the eastern flock and about 300 in the west, according to whooping crane experts.

The experiment in the east has fallen short of some people's expectations. Cranes in Wisconsin have had little success reproducing, and swarms of black flies at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge have been blamed for sudden nest abandonment.

In addition, earlier efforts in Florida and Idaho failed. A fourth reintroduction in Louisiana began in 2010.

Fossilized remains of whooping cranes date back several million years. Biologists estimate there were as many as 1,400 of the birds in 1865. By the 1940s, the flock was nearly wiped out by loss of habitat and overhunting.

Populations have steadily rebuilt. But during the winter of 2008 and 2009 - another drought year for Texas - 23 cranes, or 9 percent of the population - died.

The reason for starting new flocks in places such as Wisconsin is insurance if catastrophe strikes in Texas.

"We think it vindicates the decision," said Richard Beilfuss, president and chief executive officer of the Crane Foundation, headquartered in Baraboo. "There is plenty that can go wrong down there - hurricanes, an oil spill and drought."

As it turned more attention to Texas, the foundation hired biologist Smith about a year ago. It's also getting more involved in Texas water policy and outreach efforts.

The foundation is also a supporter of a federal lawsuit in Corpus Christi. Now in the trial stage, the case pits environmentalists and allies, including local businesses and the Aransas County Republican Party, against Texas regulators who control the water upstream.

At the center of the legal battle: whooping cranes.

The suit was brought by the Aransas Project (http://thearansasproject.org/about/), which claims the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and water authorities operating upstream are violating the Endangered Species Act by shortchanging the cranes downstream.

Rivers and streams in southern Texas flow to the Gulf, so as cities and factories upstream use water, less is available, especially during droughts.

"It's a fairly conventional suit," and mirrors others where plaintiffs argue that eliminating water or habitat is the same as any other unlawful take of an endangered species, said law professor Robert Glennon of the University of Arizona, who is the author of "Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis And What To Do About It."

Crane Foundation co-founder George Archibald testified that the Texas cranes must be helped to survive.

Protecting the flock and ensuring the birds a flow of fresh water is vital because reintroduction to date hasn't been successful, Archibald testified.

"We are hopeful that these two experiments (in Wisconsin and Louisiana) will be successful, but due to (past failures) many people have doubts," he said.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said it disagrees that its role in regulating water is harming whooping cranes.

And as an intervenor, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority noted that the whooping crane population has been growing. It also rejected claims, using its own experts, that the drought in 2008 and 2009 led to the deaths of 23 whooping cranes.

If the Aransas Project and its supporters win, they want new limits on water use in the fast-growing San Antonio and Guadalupe river basins. Ultimately, the case could affect water and electricity customers in San Antonio.

"Our feeling is that if we don't come up with a solution now, there will never be one," Beilfuss said. "This is really about figuring out equitable water use."

But W.E. "Bill" West Jr., general manager of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (http://www.gbra.org/features/11102501.aspx), sees it another way.

The loss of water to cities and factories would be "devastating to the local economy," West said.

"The cranes appear outwardly healthy. But anecdotally, from my observations, they don't seem to be getting enough food."


jwnix
Black Bear Conservation Coalition www.bbcc.org


Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 04/01/06
Posts: 1051

Profile     PM
   
By: beans (offline) on Sunday, June 10 2012 @ 11:55 PM EDT  
beans

House Finch Incubates her Egg

Video Camera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MjRbajo9go

I can't tell --- is there one or two eggs in the nest?

Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary


Jean


Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 05/04/06
Posts: 1969
California

Profile     PM
   
By: jwnix (offline) on Monday, June 11 2012 @ 12:16 AM EDT  
jwnix

Quote by: beans

House Finch Incubates her Egg

Video Camera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MjRbajo9go

I can't tell --- is there one or two eggs in the nest?

Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary



I see 2 eggs....


jwnix
Black Bear Conservation Coalition www.bbcc.org


Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 04/01/06
Posts: 1051

Profile     PM
   



 All times are EDT. The time is now 12:02 AM.
Normal Topic Normal Topic
Locked Topic Locked Topic
Sticky Topic Sticky Topic
New Post New Post
Sticky Topic W/ New Post Sticky Topic W/ New Post
Locked Topic W/ New Post Locked Topic W/ New Post
View Anonymous Posts 
Able to Post 
HTML Allowed 
Censored Content 

?

Please Donate

Please Donate!

Current & Ongoing Promotions

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Account





Sign up as a New User
Lost your password?