Halloween Here, However Nothing Creepy In This Post

October 31st, 2007

More signs that the seasons are changing. We had the first of our winter friends, the White-throated Sparrows, make a showing on Tuesday. They were feeding on the seeds that had fallen to the ground. The first year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was also spotted at the Feeder Cam right before I posted this. I still have a couple of hummingbird feeders out for a possible winter hummingbird. While on the subject of hummingbirds, a Green-breasted Mango (a hummingbird typically found in Central America and Mexico) was banded in Dublin, Georgia on October 29th. This report of a first state record bird came courtesy of the Birdwatcher Supply Company monthly newsletter.

Currently on the Feeder Cam you are likely to see Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Carolina Chickadee and an occasional Carolina Wren eating sunflower meats. The cracked corn tray is hosting mainly Gray Squirrel, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Cottontail and chipmunks. I have not seen the deer since the last report of a pair at the feeder. The suet feeder is visited mainly by the Northern Mockingbird, Carolina Wren, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy and Red-bellied Woodpecker. Later, Jim.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

October 28th, 2007

Susan told me that she had seen a first year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the Feeder Cam yesterday. I have seen it there both yesterday and today. This is the latest in October I have seen one here. The info from my local Birdwatcher Supply is that they can be seen around here through October. Cool

Pleasant Surprise

October 25th, 2007

Well maybe two. We had a few days of light rain here. We had not seen any deer since the drought had reached a level four. Wednesday afternoon we had two White-tailed deer eating at the cracked corn feeder tray. They looked like they were young and I am guessing siblings since I have never seen any of them share the tray before. This afternoon I may have spotted a female Purple Finch on the Feeder Cam. I will have to check and see if it is time for them to be here or if this was an odd female House Finch. I have also been noticing that an occassional American Goldfinch will appear on camera. They usually keep to the other feeders.

The motion captured images page is on hold until I can have the camera looked at by the vendor. Before I send it to them, I will hook up my old camera to see if the problem with blurred images is server related. Later, Jim.

Camera Tuning Today

October 24th, 2007

I need to work on the camera today. There might be brief periods when it does not update or the screen will be blue. Hopefully this will not take long. I will not be able to implement the motion capture picture page until I can get the shutter speed increased.

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along

October 21st, 2007

Had a chance to watch the feeder cam from the kitchen window for a little while today. In an earlier post I described the behavior of a White-breasted Nuthatch displaying some aggressive postures at the feeder towards the Northern Cardinals. This time it was between the Tufted Titmice that were dominating the feeder and a White-breasted Nuthatch. Again we had the Nuthatch spreading its wings and rocking back and forth like it had been in some fermented fruit ;-) Very cool stuff. Nature is so interesting.

The visitors remain steady at the feeders and no real changes have been noticed recently. We are in what is labeled at “stage 4″ drought here. It is being called the “100 Year Drought”. All outdoor water use has been banned and we are facing limits on individual household water use. The water for the birdbaths is the water is collected from the shower as the water heats up. Also are having to use water collected from a dehumidifier for similar outdoor use. The reason I am passing this along is because I mentioned the White-tailed Deer seem to have left the area in search of water. I am hoping they will return to the subdivision once we recover from this. They had been long term residents in the woods behind us and it is sad to think we may have lost them.

New Video Feed System

October 17th, 2007

The Feeder Cam page has changed from a flash stream of one frame per second to a javascript reload every ten seconds. If you had problems accessing the Feeder Cam before, this should enable you to see the cam anytime you like. There are more enhancements to come. This is enough for today. My time to enjoy the birds :-D

The Cardinal Rule

October 16th, 2007

We are so lucky to have such a strong number of Northern Cardinal this year. They are year round residents here, although we never seem to see that many of them. I am guessing we had a very successful breeding season. Also of note is the fact that House Finch numbers seem to be down at the feeders. As an introduced species in the United States, they have displaced some of the other Finch varieties and many times are considered to be pests at the feeders.

I have always enjoyed the chatter and song of the House Finch and never found them to be a feeder nuisance.  Even the so-called feeder bullies like Blue Jay and Common Grackle are welcome at all of the feeders. I never set the feeders that have weight sensing capabilities to restrict access for any bird. I wish the American and Fish Crows that inhabit our area made a more frequent stop in the yard.

Lets see…..yes, activity updates. The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks seem to have moved on in their migration. I have reduced the hummingbird feeders down to two since we are now just waiting to see if we get any of the western species like the Rufous Hummingbird we had once before. November is when we really start to watch for those that may even winter here. The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit just hopped up to the cracked corn feeder as I was heading upstairs to type this update. Currently on the feeder cam you will see Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, House Finch, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch and sometimes a Carolina Wren may grab a few of the sunflower meats.

Have not had a chance to watch the suet feeder much. I can say I have seen the Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers visit the feeder as well as seeing the Tufted Titmouse and Carolina Chickadee grab a bite.

I have some more code to test this week as I try to get a new method of delivering the feeder cam content going. I feel the end result will be more viewer and connection speed friendly :-) Have a beautiful day/night. Jim

Friday Update

October 12th, 2007

Not much to report today. The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been absent for a couple of days now. Also have not seen any Ruby-throat Hummingbirds for about a week. The reports are that hummingbirds are still in the area. The Carolina Wrens have been making visits to eat the sunflower meats at the feeder cam. I have seen our deer herd in the neighborhood, however I have not seen them at the cracked corn feeder recently. We have had a major cooling spell here and I am watching for more visitor changes. Will keep you posted of anything new. Thanks for visiting, Jim.

‘nother Update

October 10th, 2007

I am also currently working on changing the camera feed system. You will sometimes notice a link on the right side like “Motion cam – testing”. Most likely that will not be functional for a while and when working correctly it will become the Feeder Cam. Thanks for visiting, Jim

Wednesday Updates

October 10th, 2007

The Ruby-throat Hummingbird migration seems to have passed through at this point. I have not seen a hummingbird in close to a week. As we approach November, we are watching out for a Rufous Hummingbird to visit the feeder. I have posted the pictures from the winter of 2004 when we hosted a hatch year female Rufous Hummingbird through the winter until spring. The pictures were taken by Rusty Trump of www.gahummer.org that banded our little female. The lady you see releasing the little girl is my fiancee, Susan.

The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are regulars at the feeders now. I will continue to mix the hot meats and the black oil sunflower seed together for the feeder cam. It is funny how certain birds prefer the meats and others like the Grosbeaks seem to prefer it in the shell. I even had a Carolina Wren at the feeder cam eating the hot meats. I had been told before that some insect eating birds will also eat the sunflower meats.

Activity at the sunflower seed feeders remains steady with Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Mourning Dove. The suet feeder has been getting more attention from the Northern Mockingbird this past week as well as visits from Carolina Wren, Downey Woodpecker and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Have not seen the deer or rabbits at the feeder this week. The cracked corn tray is being visited mainly by Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal and a male Eastern Towhee.

I have divided up the photographs more and added some older pictures taken in the yard of various reptiles. Now all non-bird pictures are grouped under Non-bird Residents/Visitors.

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