About this Blog

Welcome to the world of Birds ~ Armchair birding via upclose videos. Adding quality to our life one bird at a time.
Seniors enjoy the gift of healthy memory activity they recieve from watching the theatre of nature. Test yourself to see how many birds you can remember. All shut-ins love the challenge of birdwatching from their windows, TV and computers.
Learn to identify the birds and they will soon feel like new friends.
We can only live one moment at a time. The birds will help us enjoy it as it reduces the fear that comes with memory loss.
Our thanks to the many youtube video producers who are bringing smiles to all who watch the excellent work.
Written and designed by GramaBarb

A song to brighten your day is I like Birds by the eels - Smile!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How well Do You Know the Cranes of the World?

There are 15 species of Cranes on all continents except South America and Antarctica.

After watching the video about the Demoiselle Crane I was determined to learn more about these extraordinary birds. You will too.
The villagers of Khichan, India feed the Cranes.
Migration of the Demoiselle Cranes above the Himalayan Mountains

Black Crowned Cranes live in Africa south of the Sahara.
Two Black Crowned Cranes calling

Wattled Cranes are found in Africa and south of the Sahara.

Japan Red Crowned Cranes Dance

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane Dance and calls

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Live Bird Feeders - as it happens!

When you can't have your own birdfeeders anymore it is wonderful to enjoy live birdfeeders on your computer screen. The birds are coming and going in real time.

The first birdfeeder is situated in Ithaca, NY on the edge of both Sapsucker Woods and its 10-acre pond.
Cornell Lab Bird Cam

Back Porch Bird Feeder Cam on Whidbey Island, WA
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/katersch Thank you for all your hard work in providing this wonderful site.

A Cornell Lab Bird Feeder in Ontario, Canada This bird cam is in an excellent northern site that provide much winter data for the study of birds at Cornell Lab University.

Australia Backyard Bird Cam time zone example:
Vancouver (Canada - British Columbia) Monday, December 29, 2014 at 2:00:00 PM
Sydney (Australia - New South Wales) Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 9:00:00 AM

By the owner on FB: "Set in Goulburn AUSTRALIA (New South Wales) you will see an array of wildlife all year round. The odd kangaroo hopping through by chance or be sure to see plently of wildbirds feeding in my garden."
Thank you for all your hard work that goes into running a quality site. A pleasure to visit.
Click on Backyard Galah Cam

List of Australia birds http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/birds/Featured-Bird-Groups

Facebook page

Note for Australia backyards watch out for the red bellied black snake.


Little House Backyard Bird Feeder Cam at Kansas City

Littlehouse On The Prairie Village Facebook


Sabal Palm Sanctuary Live Bird Feeder Cam, Texas

Sabal Palm Sanctuary is a 557-acre (225-hectare) nature reserve and bird sanctuary located in the delta of the Rio Grande Valley in Cameron County near Brownsville.


Allen Birdcam situated in Pretoria,South African garden.

African Bird list with links to their sounds


A 13 minute youtube Pretoria birds that are identified. Excellent!

South African birds that are identfied and accompanied with music for 7 minutes
List of part one you can see in this video:
paradise whydah / grey-headed kingfisher / woodland kingfisher / pied kingfisher / carmine bee-eater / european bee-eater / lilac brested roller / european roller / purple roller / greyheaded bush shrike / spotted-backed weaver / cape sparrow / red bishop / sociable weaver / wire-tailed swallow / starfinch / red-billed oxpecker / doubledbanded sandgrouse / namaqua dove / grey lourie / swainson's francolin / natal francolin


Burchell´s Coucal are often seen at Allen Birdcam

Allen Birdcam Facebook page


We are going to visit the small city of Morretes, Parana State, Brazil.

Birding Brazil - Live Cams (6 hours ahead of Vancouver, BC)
Ornithos Birdwatching Live Cams

Thank you for this marvelous educational site, Luciano Breves.
Read about Ornithos site in Brazil
Luciano Breves

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Manakin Bird Family total about 60 Species

I'm in love with the Manakin family. The Manakin family consists of about 60 different species of birds. The quest is to learn about each one.
Band-tailed Manakin lives in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Peru. You will find them in the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

White-crowned Manakin

Crimson-hooded Manakin

Wire-tailed Manakin that performs a backward dance.

Red-headed Manakin filmed in NE Brazil

Birds that Dance

A dance show extravaganza

The curtain opens to the drama of the Peacock doing his stunning dance.

Peacock mating dance

The Red-capped Manakin doing the Moonwalk dance

Long-tailed Manakin high energy dance

Mute Swan Love Dance
Simply beautiful!

Japanese Crane Dance

Andean Flamingo mating dance

Wire-tailed Manakin backward dance

Ducks that have the Beat - watch for them on a pond near you.

Funny Courtship Bird Dances

Saturday, December 20, 2014

All year this list can be seen Fairly Common in Vancouver

You have to look a little harder to see these birds as they are rated as Fairly Common in the Greater Vancouver area.

1. Wood Duck
This video of chasing, mating and chick raising of wood ducks was filmed at Beaver Lake in Stanley Park of Vancouver, B. C. Canada

2. Ring-necked Pheasant

3. Sooty Grouse
Sooty Grouse male displaying, hooting and chasing two females. Location: Burnaby Mountain Park, Burnaby, BC, Canada.

4. Red-necked Grebe

5. Pelagic Cormorant
2014.01.31 White Rock, BC, Canada

6. Virginia Rail
Take a look at the secretive Virginia Rail and learn a little about why it's so well adapted for marsh life. Learn a couple of bird sounds too!

7. Eurasian Collared-Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove filmed in Nanaimo, BC, Canada

8. Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker ( male ) seen at Hastings Park Sanctuary in Vancouver, BC

9. Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker at Maplewood Flats, North Vancouver, BC

10. Steller's Jay
Peanut war! A mature Douglas Squirrel defends the bowl of peanuts from a number of hungry Stellar's Jay. When the squirrel is not around there could be as many as five or six Jays at the bowl.

11. Marsh Wren
These wrens are abundant in marshes, cattails, rushes and sedges.They generally keep hidden but may climb a cattail to sing. http://youtu.be/RlbpWe4SiZ8

12. Purple Finch
Purple Finch, Vancouver Island

13. Red Crossbill

14. American Goldfinch
A video of the vibrant and cute lil' american goldfinches that flock to my birdfeeders on a yearly basis.

15. Evening Grosbeak
Invaded by Evening Grosbeaks after I made a backyard waterfall and plugged it in.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Introduction to the Most Common Vancouver, BC Birds

Armchair birdwatching is a new activity for many and so I am going to start this bird series with a review of what is the most common in the Greater Vancouver area.
The Greater Vancouver area is from the International Boundary (including Point Roberts, WA) North to 49°. 35' N West to the eastern shoreline of Howe Sound (including Bowen Island) and to the middle of the Strait of Georgia. East to 122° 33' W (260th St. in Langley and Maple Ridge) including all of Golden Ears Provincial Park. Nature Vancouver

You will enjoy seeing your local birds upclose on the videos from youtube.

Try this memory exercise --- Challenge yourself to remember the birds.

1. Canada Goose all year. Common.

2. Mallard Duck all year. Common.

photo Cornell webcam screenshot
3. Great Blue Heron all year. Common.

4. Glaucous-winged Gull all year. Common.

5. Rock Pigeon all year. Common.

6. Northwestern Crow all year. Common.

7. Black-capped Chickadee all year. Common.

8. Chestnut-backed Chickadee all year. Common.

9. Bushtit all year. Common.

10. Pacific Wren all year. Common.

Memory exercise - How many birds can you remember?

11. Golden Crowned Kinglet all year. Common.

12. American Robin all year. Common.

13. European Starling all year. Common.

14. Spotted Towhee all year. Common.

15. Song Sparrow all year. Common.

16. White-crowned Sparrow all year. Common.

17. Dark-eyed Junco all year. Common.

18. Red-winged Blackbird all year. Common.

19. Brewer's Blackbird all year. Common.

20. House Finch all year. Common.

21. Pine Siskin all year. Common.

All the photographs are either mine (gramabarb) or public domain from wikipedia.