2004 Nest Box Cam
Gray Squirrel

This gray squirrel moved into a large camera box intended for a screech owl. Since we haven't had screech owls in the pine grove, this was almost inevitable. But, even so, it made interesting and enjoyable video. The vcr and monitor were in an unused chicken coop and the aerial video cable was run in pvc tubing to protect it from such creatures as this.

Squirrels are not a favorite with providers of nest boxes. They usurp boxes and enlarge entrance holes. However, with the exception of European starlings and house sparrows, any species using a box in our yard is welcome. I do evict white footed mice, but, usually not in the winter.

The following still photos are taken from a single frame of video from the vhs tapes. This process results in a substantial loss of quality compared to the original camera image and vhs tape.

The screech owl box in a white pine The large nest box in a pine tree. Note the pvc pipe which runs half way down the tree and then horizontally to the eave of the chicken coop

Mother keeping young warm on a cold night.

young nursing.

young nursing.

young nursing

2017 - Return of the Monarchs!
Purple Martin prey photos 2017
2010 - 2014 Northern flicker nestings
2014 house wren gourd use
2014 - A dramatic loss of many types of insects
barn swallow artificial nest cups
2014 barn owl nesting - prey study
A new barn swallow shelter for 2013
2010 barn owl nesting
2010 Update
2016-2017 Kestrel nestings
Starling traps
Using blinds in the home habitat
Providing perches for birds
Providing snags for wildlife
The ugly young maple
2001 - 2013 nest cams
Use of tomato cages as hunting perches by insectivorous song birds
Vultures, beetles and the resurrection of life

Species of interest in our yard - photos and articles
barn owl American kestrel purple martin barn swallow Eastern bluebird
tufted titmouse Eastern phoebe yellow shafted flicker tree swallow chimney swift
house wren big brown bat Carolina wren brown thrasher catbird
cedar waxwing Northern mockingbird
Yellow warbler Acadian flycatcher

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