Readers’ wildlife videos

We have a real treat for you today: four great animal videos taken by reader Rick Longworth. His captions are indented.

About 30 young Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) crossed the Snake River accompanied by adults. They are not able to fly yet (early June), but they are approaching adult size. One young one panics when a motorboat passes, and becomes separated from the group.  Unable to fly, he kicks for all he’s worth. All ends well as the boat moves away and the juvie rejoins his troop.

A rabbit’s day is full of activity.  I’m not certain of the species, but it could be a desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii), also known as Audubon’s cottontail. It is a New World cottontail rabbit, and a member of the family Leporidae .(Scene 1, testing the taste of beet greens – not so great.  Scene 2, Magpies are the local pests.  Scene 3, helping to maintain the lawn.

In March I filmed a pair of Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) performing a duet near the house.  The female is larger than the male which presumably allows the two to target different sized pray for more efficient utilization of the local food supply.  The female has a higher pitched hoot than the male.  They’ve stayed in the areas all summer, but I have not found their nest nor have I seen any young. Mallard ducks can be heard in the background voicing their alarm call.

The black chinned hummingbirds (Archilochus alexandri) at my feeder are determined to feed no matter what the weather, including winds at 15 mph gusting to 20.  One male seemed not to solve the riddle of which feeder to approach.  It chose the upwind end which required it to fly backward or sideways.  In the video, the wind is from the left.  Another male and a female had no such difficulty.  Those two were filmed in slo-mo.



  1. Stephen Barnard
    Posted August 17, 2019 at 7:53 am | Permalink


  2. Michael Fisher
    Posted August 17, 2019 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Brummie Magpies are just the same – harassing the cats, dogs & birds all year round, apparently for the laughs as I can’t see what they gain otherwise.

    That’s a lot of beet to get through in a season. I’ve only tried small beet leaves & stems from the supermarket [younger than yours] & the sweetness serves very well semi-fried or steamed in various ham & cheese pasta dishes. I’ve not really tried using the roots except roasted once. Nice kitchen garden you’ve got going.

    Thank you for the interesting videos.

    • rickflick
      Posted August 17, 2019 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Growing up in the Midwestern US, we had fresh beet roots from the garden every summer. Steamed. Add butter and salt and pepper, they taste a lot like sweet corn. The tops are done similarly and eaten along side the root. The tops are a bit stronger than Swiss chard or spinach, but so rich in flavor! I can’t stand Kale.

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 17, 2019 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    The Rabbit video is Watership Downesque. 🐇

  4. DrBrydon
    Posted August 17, 2019 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Rick. Those *are* great.

  5. Posted August 17, 2019 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the lovely videos, Rick!

  6. Andrea Kenner
    Posted August 21, 2019 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    My cat Fiona watched the videos with great interest — especially the one of the cottontail!

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