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Watch our new hummingbird feeder cam in West Texas.
Hummingbirds Refuel at the Perky Pet Grand Master feeder
High in the mountains of West Texas, the hummingbird migration is in full swing and we've got a front row seat.

September 24, 2015

A Hummingbird Extravaganza 


We've been working with the researchers at the nonprofit West Texas Avian Research to install a cam at one of their hummingbird banding sites, and now you can watch all of the frenetic hummingbird action in high-definition 1080p (watch cam). Over a dozen species have been seen at this site nestled in the Davis Mountains, attracted to the surrounding habitat and to the 24 Perky Pet Grand Master hummingbird feeders used by the monitoring project.

Perky Pet Bird FeedersThanks to our sponsor Perky Pet, we'll be bringing these views of hummingbirds to you during daylight hours until the last hummingbirds move through, likely in late October. The most common species you'll see during this time include Rufous, Broad-tailed, and Black-chinned hummingbirds, as well as rarities like Lucifer, White-eared, and Magnificent hummingbirds! Check out the "Species Info" tab beneath the live view for more information on all of the species you might see while watching, and keep in mind that fall can be a challenging time to correctly identify all of the juveniles mixed in with females. 

Perky Pet is also sponsoring the Ontario FeederWatch cam, which will come online in early October and continue broadcasting until the end of the Project FeederWatch season in April (learn more about Project FeederWatch). 

Follow us on Twitter and tweet us @TexasHummers—we'll repost great screenshots and add your voice to the rewarding challenge of identifying these agile jewels of the southwest.
 
Young Condor #793 Slips From View
Slip Slidin' Away... 

If you tuned into the California Condor cam this past weekend, you might have noticed the absence of one very important aspect of the cam: the condor nestling! Condors are extremely inquisitive animals, and late in the morning of September 17, the Koford's Ridge nestling decided to explore the steep cliff face right next to the cave where he had spent the last 5 months (watch highlight.) The slope soon got the better of him, and despite a bout of energetic flapping, the chick slipped out of the cam's view.

A condor nest technician from the Santa Barbara Zoo visited the site that afternoon and reported that the chick was resting comfortably on a rocky outcrop just out of view. Later that day the male adult came and fed the chick off camera, and there have been several visits since. Although it's unlikely that the chick will return to the cave anytime soon, we'll keep the camera on just in case. 
 
Stan and Iris Perch Together On the Nest For the Last Time in 2015

Last Call for the Hellgate Ospreys

This was a bittersweet year for the Hellgate Ospreys after losing their clutch of eggs in a hailstorm only a few days before they would begin hatching (watch Dr. Erick Greene, director of the Montana Osprey Project talk about the storm). Thankfully the adults Stanley and Iris continued to frequent the nest site, and we were able to enjoy their continued presence for the remainder of the summer. Stan continued to provision Iris with fish, and both adults brought nesting materials to both this nest and a second site that was later dismantled because of fire danger associated with its site atop a light tower (watch highlight of Operation Fishsticks). 

Now, with fall approaching, it appears that both Stan and Iris have departed on their migration. The last time both were seen together was on September 4 (watch highlight), with Iris disappearing soon after. Stan continued to be spotted on camera till the 12th, and is now presumed to have also taken wing to more southerly locales. 

The director of the Montana Osprey Project, Dr. Erick Greene, remarked that the pair bond between Stan and Iris seems only to have strengthened during this summer, and they appear to have been in great condition prior to leaving. Both of these observations are good signs that, should they survive their arduous migration, they will return and breed at the Hellgate nest in the coming spring. 

A special thanks to the Montana Osprey Project for another great season of learning about the Hellgate pair, and to the volunteers who helped keep everyone up-to-date by posting news to Twitter and operating the camera. See you in the spring! 
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