It’s a Wrap

A Eastern Screech Owl box I made out of wood scraps. It was placed about 7ft up in a Live Oak Tree

Hungry Owl

Adult Screech Owl feeding it’s baby a tree frog in a nesting box on a Live Oak Tree

blue jay attacking house finch nest

A disturbing video of a blue jay attacking a house finch nest, tossing most of the fledglings out and carrying off one

Loggerhead shrike fledglings/juveniles

While I was driving by a local retention pond, these little ones practically flagged me down with their noisy, incessant begging! This is the 2nd year I’ve seen a loggerhead shrike family at this location (assuming it was the same pair of mated adults both years). They appear to have picked the perfect spot for raising a family…lots of food and few predators. I’ve seen them on the ground and in multiple trees where they hang their prey, and often see the adults on nearby rooftops searching for prey. However, I haven’t spotted their actual nest yet…it’s definitely here though!

Eastern Bluebird Mama Laid an egg!

Sorry, The First Post was Incorrect. This Female Eastern Bluebird Laid an Egg!

Female Eastern Bluebird laid an egg!!!

Nest Update 02: Female Eastern Bluebird laid an egg!!!

Eastern Bluebird Nest

This Female Eastern Bluebird brought in some plastic for her nest.

First Flutter

I think this is the first time any of the babies fluttered their wings

NestCam – Black Capped Chickadees

Nest building in progress.

Feeding the chicks

The chicks are finally getting big enough to be seen above the nest while being fed

Nestbox Cam – Black Capped Chickadees

Black Capped Chickadees building nest.

Nestbox Cam – Black Capped Chickadees

Black Capped Chickadees nest building.

Week old House Finch babies

Mama wasn’t around, so got a little video of the babies

Feeding the kids

First feeding behavior seen in camera clips

Breakfast date

House finch husband comes to pickup wife for breakfast date

Breakfast in Bed

My house finch husband appears to be feeding mama while she’s sitting on the nest (it was actually afternoon, so more like lunch than breakfast 😉 )

New Neighbors

Recently a house finch couple built a nest on a light fixture on my deck, so I installed a camera to watch them without disturbing them. The mounting place seems to be too close for good focus, but it’s good enough to see the behavior of the birds…

2024 Boise Bend Heron

Videos of Heron in early part of Nesting season near Boise Bend Natural Area in south Loveland Colorado.

Chickadee Destroys Bluebird Eggs

Noticed yesterday on the cam that 3/4 of the bluebird eggs had holes poked in them. Bluebird female returned to sit on eggs overnight. Male bluebird removed the damaged eggs this morning, then later today captured video of a chickadee destroying the final egg.
Year over year this has been a productive bluebird box. This is a fist time I’ve observed this behavior.

Live shots around the yard

Other great pictures of various birds caught on camera around our yard. Merganser and Wood Ducks hatching.

Red Belly on suet feeder

Great shot of our local Red Belly woodpecker.

Surprising what you catch on camera

We have cameras mounted around our property and caught the Cooper Hawk and Screech Owl having a snack.

Pepper And Maple

January 21, 2024 Hatching

Shows a hatchling struggling to get out of the eggshell and its sibling appears to assist

Pair of Barn Owls in our box

2024 breeding season. We now have seven eggs

Baby barred owls in my backyard

I built a barred owl house based on the NestWatch specs and put it in my backyard. First watched a raccoon size up the box. Then a few rounds of squirrels. Pretty exciting to then see barred owls investigate the box periodically in early morning hours. Then one day I saw “Beatrice” the barred owl looking out of the nest in the middle of day. She stayed continuously in the nest for over a months with regular food deliveries from “Barry”. Soon after that we noticed Beatrice leave the nest for brief moments maybe for a bit of reprieve or to help with hunting for the growing babies. I happened to be there to take video of the first fledge and of that fledgling climbing a nearby tree to safety. Once they both fledged it became difficult to find them but once a day I would seek them out and typically could find and photograph at least one fledgling and a parent. One highlight for me was a couple weeks after fledge when I found the two babies together one a single branch. Before my eyes I witnessed for the first time one successfully fly to another treetop and the sibling immediately follow. Another highlight was watching a parent deliver a short tailed shrew to a fledgling. I sent that picture to a local biologist for confirmation of the schrew identification. Fascinating stuff.

Eastern Phoebe – In and Out!

Little momma knows what goes in must come out! Keeping the nest nice and tidy.

White-Winged Dove with Fledgling

This is an adult White-winged Dove with her 7-10 day old fledgling located in a cherry plum tree at a residential acreage in southwestern New Mexico.

Carolina Chickadees Fledge

A short video of the 4 out of 5 chickadees being feed and two leaving the nest box.

Eastern Phoebe Nest with Babies

5 babies total. 4 made it out of the nest alive.

hummers new nest

this is jus after i discovered i have a hummingbird in my patio..before she laid the eggs.

Nest Box Cameras

YouTube Channel

Titmouse attempting to use my hair for her nest

While sitting on my deck watching the birds visit my feeders, a small Tufted Titmouse decided my hair would be a perfect addition to her nest. She (the smaller of the pair) hopped on my arm, up my shoulder, onto my head, and tried to pull out tufts of my hair. She worked at it for about 3 full minutes. Sadly, I don’t think she was successful!

A Yellow Warbler Nest I Had Found

Sparrows at the window

Junco feasting on sunflower seeds

A Cardinal’s Sweet Song

I recorded this male cardinal singing at a park in my neighborhood.

Black Vulture Feasts on a Turtle

This video from my YouTube channel shows a black vulture feasting on a turtle.

Young House Finch Bathing

House Sparrows Enjoying a Bath

House Sparrows on a Snowy Day

Recorded on January 4, 2022, at the bird feeder

House Finch Pair Eating

A Pair of House Finches eating black-oil sunflower seed on April 2

Brown Pelican Preens and Yawns

I caught a video of a brown pelican preening and yawning. Every single time I began recording, this pelican would turn away, which I found quite funny.

House Wren pokes head out of nest

This adult house wren pokes its head out of its nest to see if the coast is clear to carry on with its parental duties. It made countless repeat trips to the nest with its mouth full of insects and made my first visit to Sapsucker Woods unforgettable.
I drove to Ithaca, NY from Toronto this summer to visit Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology (yes, I’m that much of a bird nerd!) and fell in love with the lab’s 220-acre Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary.

First Egg in Carolina Wren Nest

This is a combination of several captured videos of the Carolina Wren’s nest in the nest box in our back yard. Video was captured on July 13, 2022 starting at around 6AM.

Total clutch size reached 5 eggs

First egg in carolina wren nest

This is a combination of several captured videos of the Carolina Wren’s nest in the nest box in our back yard. Video was captured on July 13, 2022 starting at around 6AM.

Total clutch size reached 5 eggs

Pothonotary Warbler fledgling

All fledglings left today. Friday, July 8, 2022.

bluebirds

I want food

Endangered Loggerhead Shrikes

This video about the Loggerhead Shrike appeared on a PBS show called Tennessee Wild Side! The photographs used throughout the 10-minute show were mostly mine!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Fun – Traveler and the Troubles

We put together a fun video of our very first Ruby-throated Hummingbird we call “Traveler” having a time with two new “troubles” visiting at the Homestead. We have 4 feeders out now, but this was at the time we had just one and didn’t know until that day that we had more visitors. Lots of close up video of Traveler and his friends feeding!

Male Pileated Woodpecker Working on Nest Cavity

This gorgeous fella has been working hard on this nest cavity over the past week or so, and we finally heard “tap tap tap” and caught him peeking out from the nest cavity while working hard on it. Enjoy a few clips we took of him peeking out, and also in another tree nearby.

Juvenile red-shouldered hawk and sibling calling, July 3, 2021

This is one of three juvenile red-shouldered hawks from a nest in our yard this summer. Video was taken through a monocular attached to an iPhone SE.

MOM NOW MORE – wait, come back!

Dark eyed juncos get a meal from mom that ends too soon.

Northern Mockingbird momma & babies update

They are starting to move around so much. They will likely start leaving the nest over the next few days.

Northern Mocking Bird Parents & 5 Babies 07_05_21

Northern Mockingbird parents were trying to build under my back porch cover but, the twigs/sticks kept falling thru the vertical boards. I put in some long screws and tied twine to create a bottom and they built a great nest. They have 5 little babies.

Watch Eastern Bluebird Egg Hatching!

This is the second brood this year for a young breeding pair of Eastern Bluebirds.

Eurasian Collared Dove Nesting Cycle

This video is a series of video clips selected from a nest camera to represent various parts of the nesting cycle from empty nest to flying fledglings. At the beginning some Robins check over the nest site.

Barn Owl Cam

This Barn Owl Box has been active for five years. Presently three chicks are growing fast. Watch them grow and learn how to be Mother Nature’s rodent control. Barn Owl’s a value-added community member. Please help protect them but eliminating all rodenticides. Thank you.

TOP 5 FAVORITE BIRDS IN AMERICA

Robin’s Nest 2021

Robin’s Nest 2021

Checking For Eastern Phoebe eggs!

Eurasian Collared Dove Nesting Cycle

A series of Still shots and video clips showing empty nest to fledged Eurasian Collared Doves flying. Most include a date and time stamp. Some title cards interspersed.

Baby Bluebird Fledges the Nest! First Flight!

Brown-headed Nuthatch Feeding Young

The Brown-headed Nuthatch pair (was a cooperative breeding situation with former juvenile from prior brood, but that one has moved on) has been tending to their hatched young. Managed to get great videos at multiple angles showcasing feeding, fecal sac removal, and young peeking out. Lots of vocalizations by parents and young. They’ve grown so big!

Eastern Bluebird babies

Eastern Bluebirds nested in my backyard for the third consecutive year, and blessed me this Spring with 5 babies. This is the first brood at 5 days old. Hatch date was April 6, 2021.

First Hummingbird 2021

We observed our first hummingbird visitor for the 2021 season on 3/18/2021 – a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird visited our feeders in the evening hours.

Brown-Headed Nuthatch Nest Cavity Construction

This Brown-headed Nuthatch pair has been observed during the past month plus working on constructing a nest cavity in a Pine log fence post. The two frequently alternate, changing places between who is working on the cavity and who is keeping watch in the nearby Sweet Bay tree, and exchanges of feeding take place between the two (included in this video).

As a note: please pardon the initial shaking of the camera, as I finally got my tripod set up towards the end. While you will hear the calls of these birds, there are the sounds of other birds in the background, including our ducks and chickens.

Summer Tanagers

We compiled a group of videos from 2019 of the beautiful Summer Tanagers that live in our area and come to visit. While it’s mainly videos of the males and their beautiful songs, a surprise guest makes an appearance in the end!

Sunbird Fight Large-Bill Gerygone In Nest

I was observing & photographing the Large-Bill Gerygone tend to their chicks when I captured this incident. A number of times I have seen both the Olive-Back Sunbird & Large-Bill Gerygone trying to chase each other away without actually coming into contact. It seems the Sunbird looked a bit better off in the fight as it flew off but the 2 L-B Gerygone slowly flew away from near the ground in the Heliconia plants.

The Large-Bill Gerygone & Sunbird has their nest about 2.5m apart.The sunbird nest was a meter from my door on a large fan. I push the fan a further meter away and placed boxes behind the nest so the mum could not see me & this allowed her to spend more time in the nest instead of flying off everytime I walked in and out.
The Sunbird came back a few days ago to lay in the same nest for the 3rd time this year.

Frolicking Robins

Migratory Robins frolicking in the stream in our front-yard, enjoying the warm, sunny day in November!

Pine siskins at the tray feeder

Chickadee Threat Display

Red Shouldered Hawk nest 2020

52 minute video covering early discovery of the nest, through successfully raising two chicks who are seen hunting after leaving the nest.

Juvenile Eastern Bluebird Feeds Nestlings

Juvenile Eastern Bluebird, presumably from first clutch, feeds sibling nestlings from second clutch. It was helping the adult pair (presumably its parents) feed the nestlings from the second clutch.

Red Shouldered Hawk Calling

Barred Owls Hang Out in Forest Habitat

We started hearing and seeing much more of two Barred Owls in March around the time the COVID-19 Pandemic hit. We’ve been clearing the woods of invasive ivy and holly trees with time at home. The owls have been watching us. They seem to enjoy having more open understory with holly trees going away and have more ground to hunt. We’ve found two owl pellets, both of which showed strong evidence of mole remains. We’ve also found some rabbit parts. In May we started hearing baby sounds. This second week of June we finally saw them and they are fledgling. We think there are at least two owlets.

Carolina chickadee baby peeking out of nest box

Eastern Bluebird dad feeding babies

Carolina Chickadee getting ready to fledge

Eurasian Tree Sparrow feeding chicks

I captured the male sparrow bringing food to its chicks. Look how many bugs he’s carrying!

Eastern Bluebirds Fledging

Why would she do this???

Our first two Great Crested Flycatcher eggs hatched. The chicks seemed alive and fine, but mom removed them from the nest 🙁

Why would she do this?

Tree Swallow Nest Livestream

The pair is currently sitting on 5 eggs. Clutch completion date was May 8th. Stream uses a raspberry pi and wide angle NOIR camera.

Bluebird babies fledging

Video of 3 of our 5 Bluebird babies fledging. Finally got to witness the event & got it on video. So excited to have all 5 eggs hatch & go to fledge. We have hosted many BB families in that (& other boxes) but that box is a particular favorite.

We had a House Sparrow pair show up & compete for that box. My husband dispatched the male. Female showed back up a week later with another male. He had to dispatch that male as well. The Bluebirds then were able to complete their nest & family

Great Crested Flycatcher Mama in Fight Mode

Yesterday, a red-bellied woodpecker landed on the nest box and stuck its head inside. This video shows mama’s reaction. She then left the nest and fought with the woodpecker until it left the area.

Robin Trading Places

Male Robin watches over nest and switches places when female returns. Eggs are 5-7 days old.

May 3, 2020-spring birds!

Titmouse feeding in tree cavity. I can hear the chicks- both parents feeding.
Tree swallows already have best, but now getting busy.

Eastern Bluebird Egg Hatch

The first egg hatches for an Eastern Bluebird.

Birth of American Robin

Momma takes out an egg half and comes back to a hungry mouth. Note: Reupload with thumbnail

American Robin momma gets a suprise

Momma robin takes half an egg shell away and comes back to a very hungry new mouth.

Eastern Bluebird leaving house

One of five Eastern Bluebirds leaving the birdhouse

Black Capped Chickadees excavating woodchips out of nest box in prepration for nest building

Have a new chickadee bird house set up and put wood chips or pine shavings in there and now the black capped chickadees are in the process of the excavation aka taking the wood chips out. I will be worried about house wrens when then come back because they will be curious of the box too!

2020’s First Hummingbirds

We put together a little video showcasing our first 2020 hummingbirds. These Ruby-Throats showed up towards the end of March, and they’ve been around ever since! This short video features close-ups at the feeder and while perched in tree limbs, with funny little captions here and there.

Bluebird Lays First Egg

I’ve been uploading daily video from a bluebird box. In this video, you’ll see the female lay the first egg. Subscribe to the channel to get notified of new episodes.

Ruby-Throat Stretches/Preens

A young Ruby-Throat hummingbird relaxes, preening itself and stretching while perched on a branch, taken in July 2018.

Male Pileated Woodpecker in the Fall Trees

After months of trying to take photographs of the Pileated Woodpeckers that frequent the woods, I was finally able to do better than that and catch one on video. A male Pileated was clinging to the side of a tree, curiously examining his surroundings before flying off to search for a meal.

Very lucky rarity caught on video

A lucky catch of two (I think),Red-tails”playing”,and calling out,In which is very rare to heard and seen by people. Or,they could be a type of eagle common to the area. Either way,Enjoy!

Screech owl brood 2019

Our screech owl buddies only had three young this year, most common is five. Less work for mom and dad this year.

Male House Finch Feeding Leucistic Female at the Nest

Male House Finch Feeding Leucistic Female at the Nest

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology