I was at Bird Watcher Supply this Tuesday to do a little Holiday shopping. Karen, the manager had banded a beautiful female Rufous Hummingbird a few of days ago just south of Atlanta and had the pictures of it there. Very cool. With the Holiday season bearing down upon us I have very little time to bird watch right now. As a result my posts have slowed down too. Just bear with me and I will get back to normal updates as soon as the schedule permits.Filed under Updates | Comment (0)
The bird activity has been a little slower lately. Other than spotting the Red-breasted Nuthatch and the Pine Warbler recently, there is not much to report on the bird front. The deer have been much more active at the cracked corn feeder. It seems to center around the doe White-tailed Deer and her two fawns. The fawns are now to the point of jumping the fence to come in the yard on their own. They are old enough now that they long longer sport the white spots that help to camouflage them as newborns. I wish I could get a nice picture of them for the site. I will keep trying, however the pictures through the windows have been rather disappointing. It is so cute when all three of them are eating out of the little square tray at the same time.Filed under Updates | Comment (0)
It has been very stable around the feeders this past week. Our current winter visitors, Dark-eyed Junco and White-throated Sparrow, are regulars on the ground while the Purple Finch are in the sunflower feeders. The Feeder Cam currently hosts House Finch, American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Northern Cardinal, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker and an occasional Carolina Wren snapping up sunflower meats. The suet feeders regular visitors include Downy and Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Mockingbird and Carolina Wren. The cracked corn tray is still covered with Gray Squirrel, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, American Crow and a few other species. The White-tailed Deer are back to their schedule of regular visits to the corn as well. I still see the adult Eastern Cottontail Rabbit at the feeder from time to time. I have not seen the smaller one in a while though.
The motion triggered pictures have been working out well. There is still fine tuning to be done, however it is fairly close to what I am looking for. I have also opened up the comments area to all registered visitors. Thanks for making Wingbarscafe a part of your day, JimFiled under Updates | Comment (0)
You will see a link on the right hand side of the page for “Feeder Cam Motion Activated Snaps”. If you want to see what has triggered motion sensing on the Feeder Cam over that past four hours, this is now in live testing. I am still tuning what I want to trigger as motion. There were over 75 snapshots in there the last time I checked. :-\Filed under Updates | Comment (0)
I had a very cool surprise visit today by the doe White-tailed Deer and her two fawns. I was just about to go out onto the deck to freshen the Feeder Cam tray and looked out of the window before opening the door. As I scanned the yard, my eyes fell upon the three deer eating from the cracked corn tray. This might be who has been cleaning the tray the past few nights. Well I was holding off going outside until the deer finished eating. Our pug, Peaches, had other ideas. Two of the deer had already left the yard because of the noise from the dog at the house next to us. One was still at the tray when Peaches wiggled her way through the dog door to the back yard.
The deer quickly hopped over the fence to safety. Little did the deer know that Peaches is scared of just about everything. Peaches went trotting on down to where the deer had been and spotted the doe just on the other side of the fence. They were probably less than 10 feet apart. Neither one of them knew what to make of the other. Peaches very cautiously walked over towards the fence. Knowing her she was probably afraid to make eye contact. The deer had its white tail raised up and looked like it may have stomped the ground some. Its head was raised back trying to figure out what in the heck this creature is. Let’s see….looks like a dog only smaller…..no mask, not a raccoon…? Peaches went on about her business of going to the bathroom while the deer just watched. After a minute or two of watching our dog, the deer just meandered off into the woods to join the others. It looks like they came back later as the tray has been licked clean.
On the bird front I spotted a female Purple Finch at the Feeder Cam while I was working on it earlier. A Downy Woodpecker also gave a nice close up view on the cam. Also the Blue Jays have been joining the others at the cracked corn feeder.Filed under Updates | Comment (0)
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I thought I would take time away from the Feeder cam issues to give a brief update on the current visitors. At the Feeder cam, the current visitors are American Goldfinch, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse and an occasional Downy Woodpecker. The suet feeder is still hosting the Northern Mockingbird, Carolina Wren, Downy and Red-bellied Woodpecker. The cracked corn tray is frequented by Mourning Dove, Eastern Towhee, Northern Cardinal, American Crow, Gray Squirrel, chipmunks and whatever empties it during the night I am hoping it is the White-tailed Deer due to the volume consumed between dusk and dawn. The White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos can be seen under any of the feeders. Talking to the manager and some of the employees at my local Bird Watcher Supply, there are a number of reports of winter hummingbirds here and I am keeping my feeder(s) out for the possible visitor.Filed under Updates | Comment (0)