Hummingbirds Are Returning to West Texas!


Watch live as these jewels of the desert fuel up for the breeding season.

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April 28, 2017

Ezra Tribute in the Works

Many members of the community have expressed interest in donating to the legacy of Ezra. As a tribute to the beloved Red-tail, we have been working with campus colleagues on an educational panel that we hope to install near the Cornell Botanical Gardens, one of Ezra's favorite hunting grounds. Click to learn more about the planned tribute and donate--> 

April 27, 2017

Bullock's Oriole on West Texas Hummingbird Cam

Another first-timer arrived on the West Texas Hummingbird cam this week when this Bullock's Oriole displaced a Black-chinned Hummingbird for a short drink at the feeder. These flame-orange songbirds can be found in most of the western U.S. during the breeding season. Bullock's Orioles eat insects and other arthropods, as well as fruit and nectar, and it's not unusual for them to raid hummingbird feeders for their sugar water. 

April 27, 2017

Manakins Display for Female on Sunny Display Perch

Watch this courtship display by two males on the Lance-tailed Manakin cam. The alpha-beta duo attempts to woo an interested female on a sun-speckled display perch. According to Lance-tailed Manakin ecologist Dr. Emily DuVal, researchers suggest that some species of manakins strategically use spots of sun in their display areas to best highlight their plumage during courting; however, the birds manning this perch seem to display to females regardless of where the sun is shining.