Tag Archive: nature


For the longest time I would hear this bird’s call and think that it was some other bird, perhaps a blue jay… Nope.

I’m really enjoying bird watching and how I am becoming more familiar with what birds are making what sounds in my area.

I also enjoyed reading this little snippet from wikipedia:

“The calls of the red-winged blackbird are a throaty check and a high slurred whistle, terrr-eeee. The male’s song, accompanied by a display of his red shoulder patches, is a scratchy oak-a-lee,[17] except that in many western birds, including bicolored blackbirds, it is ooPREEEEEom.[18] The female also sings, typically a scolding chatter chit chit chit chit chit chit cheer teer teer teerr”

I imagine that it could be very challenging to write out the sounds made by birds, but they appear to have gotten it fairly well.

I had no idea what a huge lump of honey bees was doing on a bare branch with no hive. So I did a little research…

Once a hive has so many bees it has to divide because the workers can no longer receive the queen’s pheromone because of how large the hive has become.

The queen bee ends up abandoning the hive to search for her own new home. Then the drones and workers sort out their issue of finding a new home and a new queen is created from a larvae.

A queen is created from a larvae that is just like the worker bee larvae, except it it chosen by the bees somehow to be fed “Royal Jelly” and she grows much larger than the other females.


I ended up calling the phone number of the hiking trail that I was on to alert them that there was such a mass of bees directly on the path, I didn’t want anyone to get hurt if they accidentally disturbed them by some means. When I checked back later a red tape line had been implemented to block them off and alert the public.

The next day there were only about 15 bees left, which means that they must have gone off to a new home. Safely away from jogging and biking people.

 

While visiting our local wetlands the other day, my daughter and me got to see a Belted Kingfisher!

We were both surprised and amazed to see more than just ducks and tadpoles. There were actually three of these little blue “mohawk” birds chasing each other around a fixed track, almost like they were racing. They kept repeating the chase over and over, I do wish my camera battery had lasted long enough to get footage of this.

So here is the brief clip I got of one of the birds resting on a branch between laps.

Here is the swamp, I have more videos to post later… ducks and other more “common” Oregon wildlife.

wetland

We were out by the creek chasing water skippers when all of a sudden Lisa burst into tree climbing mode!

She was up in the blink of an eye, bright eyed and bushy tailed she reached the highest part of the tree before my camera powered on.

You can hear how much the local birds didn’t like this feat of strength.

Here are the water skippers, which we did not catch. They are like turbo rockets on the surface of the water.

water-skippers-group water-skippers-closeup

I really like clouds. They bring us water, inspire our imaginations with fluffy shapes and they even shelter us from the hot sun sometimes!

Here are a couple videos I sped up, it really is amazing how they move and form.

 

This one is shorter, but the brilliance of the sun in this one really highlights the detail on the clouds.

There are hummingbirds in my neighborhood and I keep on hearing their little chirps! They are so quick and small that it was a real chore to capture them on film.

I finally got some decent footage of them stretching their wings, scratching their head and taking off into flight. Complete with instant replay in slow motion. There is even a neat shot of the sun reflecting off from their iridescent feathers.

Cats are just like children who are trapped indoors for most of the winter when weather is too cold for outdoor fun. When they see the white snowflakes that come down from the sky they get curious. Nothing too energetic, just some quiet time seeing whats going on.

Nature! The amazing open space… This is the kitty cat Kyoko.

His continuing mission- To explore strange new yards.

To seek out new life and scent realizations…

To BOLDLY SNIFF WHERE NO CAT HAS SNIFFED BEFORE!

(Star Trek music plays as Kyoko goes into warp drive)

Wooosh!

It had been so hot and dry for quite some time. I was so glad that it was finally raining when all of a sudden… BOOM ZAP POW! Straight outta the sky came the lightning followed by rolling THUNDER!
It scared our cats a bit, they stared around all wide eyed and stayed low to the ground. The dogs in the neighborhood on the other hand were going off like car alarms! Poor doggies.

There was one giant bolt that struck right outside our window, but I had stopped recording because of course I had to watch star trek… ahem… but all the same I feel happy about this footage I captured ^_^

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