Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bower birds stealing items to decorate-video from http://www.satinbowerbirds.com/

Another amazing video from the BBC of another amazing species: the Satin Bowerbird. SeEtta

"Dresser Crab" video by BBC

Another truly amazing video of an astounding species. SeEtta

Friday, October 29, 2010

Male Williamson's Sapsucker-video clip 'shy bird reacts to motorcycle driving past'

In this very short clip the Williamson's Sapsucker stops feeding and appears to react to a motorcycle driving past on road, then probes a few more times before moving away. This is a very shy bird.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Male Williamson's Sapsucker-video clip 'shy bird hides after bell goes off'

This clip gives good views of the Williamson's Sapsucker as he probes sap wells he evidently drilled previously. It also illustrates how shy this bird is as my car's 'your door has been open too long' bell sounds several times (I remained in the car to avoid disturbing the bird but had the tripod just outside my open car door, with the keys out of the ignition but my car doesn't care). He stops feeding and appears to watch for the source of the bell sounds, then probes a few more times before leaving his 'out in the open' perch to go behind the tree. He then stayed behind the tree for several minutes. SeEtta

Male Williamson's Sapsucker-video clip 'back view and stretching'

This very short video clip gives a view of the Williamson's Sapsucker from the back. Unfortunately he was on the shady side of the tree so it's a little dark. Be sure to view to the end when the sapsucker stretches out one leg giving a great view of plumage usually not seen. Then it stretches it's wings back towards each other for another interesting view. SeEtta

Male Williamson's Sapsucker-video clip 'probing sap wells


In this video clip the Williamson's Sapsucker probes sap wells it previously drilled-something I learned from watching this sapsucker for an extended period of time. It is likely looking for small insects attracted to the fresh spa. It may also be ingesting more sap that may have oozed out. SeEtta

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Male Williamson's Sapsucker-video clip 'drilling sap wells'

This is a video clip of a Williamson's Sapsucker drilling sap wells in a non-native elm (siberian or chinese type) tree. I found this male last week in a dry wash that has had enough run-off to support a small group of these trees in the middle pinyon-juniper habitat in Fremont Co.,CO. SeEtta