Watch our Videos!

This new page is dedicated to videos showing birds in action - from flying to feeding, from singing to swimming, from drinking to bathing. Whatever is an appropriate action birds perform.
If you have a short (one or two minutes) video that you made and would like us to present here, contact our webmaster, Tom Moeller (thosjmoel@gmail.com) with your suggested video.



Screech-Owl in Hole

Shady Avenue Screech-Owl Disappears!

Throughout January 2018 an Eastern Screech-Owl was using a hole in a tree right across Shady Avenue from the entrance to the Phipps Garden Center (see photo). It was discovered by Todd Ladner, who drove by the tree every day on his way to work. In December he noticed a face in the hole - the screech-owl! The owl liked to sun itself on nice days - good opportunities to photograph it. On January 31, Todd captured a video of the screech-owl sunning itself when chickadees and a nuthatch disturbed it, and the owl disappeared down into its hole. The reaction of the nuthatch in Todd's video below is comical!

Unfortunately, the screech-owl was no longer seen soon after that time. It disappeared again!


AMERICAN ROBINS

American Robin's Danger Whistle

Mike Fialkovich's video shows an American Robin producing a call that most people are not familiar with. It's a clear whistle type call, and the birds produce it in times of possible danger. You can see the bird in the video utter the call three times, and you can hear another giving the same call in the background. While most of us are familiar with the loud, sharp teek call robins produce when they feel threatened, listen carefully for this call during the summer.


Robin Digs into Leaf Litter to Find Food

Last fall's dead leaves become a treasure trove of food for robins in the spring. Robins search our lawns for worms and grubs, pecking into the moist soil for them in the warmer months. They also forage in leaf litter in late winter/early spring searching for tiny invertebrates, insect eggs, seeds, and other tidbits. This robin, recorded by Tom Moeller, shows us how it's done.



PILEATED WOODPECKER

Here's a short video Mike Fialkovich made of a cooperative male Pileated Woodpecker pecking away at a tree limb in Schenley Park on April 7, 2018.


YOUNG KILLDEER

Sue Miller submitted two videos of young Killdeers taken at Murrysville Community Park wetlands on May 5 and 6, 2018. Killdeer often nest in gravel near parking lots, and that's where Sue found these precocious babies.

Killdeer Nestlings
Killdeer Nestlings

Before looking at the video, see if you can find the four camouflaged nestlings in this screen capture. This is part of the Killdeer's defense against discovery. The nestlings are supposed to remain still, but there's always one offspring who doesn't listen.



Young Killdeer on the Run

Juvenile Killdeer are 'all legs' as this youngster proves running on the trail. Its parents and siblings are not far off. Note that young Killdeers only have one black breastband, not two like their parents.



BONAPARTE'S GULL

A Bonaparte's Gull appeared at Duck Hollow in Pittsburgh on July 9, 2018, a date when Bonaparte's Gulls are not supposed to be in this area. The gull seemed to be a second cycle immature going through a heavy molt - sightings and photographs of the bird flying showed ragged looking wings. On July 16, 2018, Trini Regaspi videoed the gull as it swam past logs on the shore. The gull was a strong swimmer, indicating it did not seem to have health problems. Why it chose Duck Hollow in July to undergo its molt remains a mystery.
The gull was last seen on Friday, July 19, 2018, about 5:00 pm. It must have successfully molted its flight feathers and headed away...

Bonaparte's Gull Swimming



PURPLE MARTIN ROOST IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY

Ken Kostka's video of the Purple Martin flock swirling over the Allegheny River at Natrona, PA near dusk before roosting in trees for the night on August 30, 2018.



RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD FEEDING

On October 31, 2018 (Halloween) Donna Foyle found a Rufous Hummingbird at her feeder. The juvenile male stayed at her house and feeder until November 4, 2018. On November 3, Bob Mulvihill was able to capture and tag the hummingbird. On that date, Bob determined the bird's fat level was good for migration. Sure enough, the hummingbird was observed in the morning the next day but departed about midday for Southern climes.

Here is a short video by Tom Moeller of the Rufous Hummingbird feeding on November 3, just before its capture.



"BURKET'S WARBLER" SINGING

Lowell Burket made this video of the three-species, two genera warbler he discovered in Blair County in May 2018. The release of the news of his discovery on November 7, 2018, has reverberated around the world reaching 86 countries, and added a new chapter to the knowledge of bird genetics and breeding.



SHORT-EARED OWL

Dave Brooke took this video of a Short-eared Owl in a field in Armstrong County on February 19, 2019. At 7:30 am Dave was driving on some farm roads when the owl flew out from the roadside and landed about 25 feet away. He shot some photos and then this short video until several crows flew in to mob the owl, which took cover in tufts of grass. The 7 degree temperature was evident from the ice crystals and snow in the field.



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Mission of 3RBC

To gather in friendship, to enjoy the wonders of nature and to share our passion for birds!

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Sherron Lynch, Brian Shema, Chuck Tague