Uncle Buck

January 30th, 2008

Can you tell I like movies :-) Anyway I was just checking on the feeders and looked out to see a 6 or 8 point buck eating at the cracked corn tray. I watched it for a while and then decided to get my camera. When I got back to the door out to the deck, the buck had been replaced by a doe. I stood and watched to see if he would return. At one point I had four White-tailed deer eating out of the tray. The tray is probably empty by now. I am going to refill it and keep the digital camera by the window. He will probably come back while I am going to buy more corn this afternoon :-D

The bird activity has been strong the past few days. I did see several Carolina Wrens snapping up sunflower meats at the deck feeder. I missed them on the motion snaps though. There was a Mourning Dove already in the feeder though and it most likely triggered the pictures first. Have a great day, Jim

Friday Observations

January 25th, 2008

I was able to watch the feeders a little while yesterday and today. Sparrows have always been my greatest challenge in identification. The White-throated and Chipping are easy enough to spot here though.  Feeding on the ground at the cracked corn feeder and under the sunflower feeders are mainly the Dark-eyed Junco, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal and White-throated Sparrow. As mentioned at the start of this, there are some other Sparrows feeding with them that I have not been able to identify. On the feeder cam and the other sunflower feeders we have Northern Cardinal, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker and Red-bellied Woodpecker. Every now and then a Carolina Wren will pop up on the feeder cam for the sunflower meats. The Northern Mockingbird seems to be getting more common at the suet feeder and joins in with the Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker and Red-bellied Woodpecker as regulars there. Thanks for visiting, Jim.

Deer vs. Squirrel

January 24th, 2008

Just witnessed the funniest standoff between a White-tailed Deer and a Gray Squirrel. I had just walked up to the door going out to the deck and looked down in the back yard at the cracked corn tray. A squirrel was sitting in the tray stuffing its face as a deer cautiously approached. I think this is one of the fawns that I see often, as they tend to be a little more uneasy about the neighbors dogs barking at them. As the deer leaned towards the tray to get some of the corn, the squirrel lunged at it. The deer actually ran several feet away from the squirrel. I have a feeling some of this may have been going on before I became a viewer. The deer did persist though and came back to the tray. As it began to eat from the tray the squirrel decided that it really was not going to win and decided it was best to abandon the table. Shortly afterwards, another deer jumped the fence to join in on the tasty treat.

I will watch the feeders for a little while later on today and give an update on the current avian visitors. Later, Jim

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January 16th, 2008

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I guess they see their reflection in the glass of the camera housing. It seems like daily I will spot a snapshot of one of the visitors staring straight into the camera. Nothing much new in the feeder visitor area. Our son did spot a buck White-tailed Deer at the cracked corn tray feeder the other afternoon. They usually reserve their visits for the middle of the night or early in the morning when they feel safe. Also Susan saw one of the Eastern Cotton-tail Rabbits at that same feeder one evening in the past few days. It’s cold here. Feeders are going to be busy :-)

The Bird News

January 9th, 2008

I know the people that live in colder areas and feed the birds during the winter months get mobbed with birds at the feeders. Even here, with our milder winters, it seems like the worse the weather the more mouths to feed. American Goldfinch numbers grow considerably with nasty weather. The niger (thistle) feeders are going through seed at a much faster rate now. It will spike again in the spring during mating season. Although we live in an area that has resident American Goldfinch, some of them do migrate to winter grounds. The site and sound of these little darlings filling the trees during mating season is incredible. While on the subject of incredible, if you love hummingbirds, you owe it to your self to buy the DVD “Hooked on Hummingbirds”. You can find it at Bird Watcher Supply locally, Amazon.com and a number of other places.

The sunflower feeders continue to host Northern Cardinal, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Brown-headed Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker and Red-bellied Woodpecker. I have seen a Carolina Wren visit for sunflower meats and a Dark-eyed Junco in there as well. We still have White-throated Sparrow and most of the Dark-eyed Junco eating off the ground under the feeders. The suet feeder is providing some nutrition for Northern Mockingbird, Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker and a member of the blackbird family that I have not identified yet. The cracked corn tray is still a favorite of the White-tailed Deer and gets wiped out almost every night and sometimes in the day. I suspect they have help from the raccoons :-) Also dining there are the Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Gray Squirrel and a number of the smaller ground feeding bird species. Thanks for visiting, Jim

Back To Normal

January 4th, 2008

The Holiday Season has come to a completion for us and everything should get back on a regular schedule now. The only funny thing I can think of right now is the Dark-eyed Juncos that are sometimes feeding from the hanging and pole mounted feeders. I had never seen them anywhere except on ground around the feeders.

The White-tailed doe and her two fawns continue to jump the fence to get their cracked corn. As a matter of fact, I need to go by my favorite store to pick up more cracked corn for them and niger seed for the American Goldfinches.

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