New Arrival This Evening

September 29th, 2008

While glancing over the snapshots on the Feeder Cam Motion Activated Snaps page, I found out that we had a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeder cam. It happened at 7:07pm EST. Beautiful birds. Looking forward to the males making their presence known.

Return To Regularly Scheduled Programming

September 27th, 2008

After looking at the motion generated pictures today and only seeing 7 pictures for a 3 hour period, I decided it was time to put the seed feeder back in front of the feeder cam. We still have a few Ruby-throated Hummingbirds hanging around here and fighting over the feeders. I will gradually reduce the number of feeders as the “owners” move on southward. I had one of them hover and hide beside my head today while it was trying to sneak over to one of the feeders to get a quick snack.

I did catch a quick glimpse of what I believe was a Yellow-rumped Warbler outside the office window this afternoon. Other than that I have not noticed anything new in the yard. Later, Jim


September 20th, 2008

Well I guess some of you have noticed the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have, for the most part, moved on in their journey. The numbers have dropped down dramatically in the past few days. We are still getting regular visitors though. Overall, this has been the most incredible hummingbird activity I have ever witnessed. I am glad I was able to photograph and record the event. I am not sure how long I will keep the hummingbird feeder in front of the feeder cam. I do have a second camera I may be able to set up to watch for the possible Rufous or other western species to drop by.

We had one unidentified bird to show up on the deck this morning. The only bird that comes close in comparison is a female Yellow Warbler. I only had a couple of quick glimpses and I feel what I saw was much to large. It looked close to the size of a Northern Cardinal, however it was a relatively uniform yellow color and with a small warbler like beak. With the change in weather, I am sure we will start to see some other migrants in the yard. Later, Jim

Hummingbird Update

September 15th, 2008

The number are down a little, but the activity is still more than we have ever had. The new group of migrants are not quite as cooperative in feeding together. There are plenty of spots to eat, but the territorial nature of the birds is causing more fighting than feeding.

No migrants of any other bird species seen. The reptiles are finally starting to come out of hiding. While cutting the grass this weekend I saw a young Anole Lizard on the fence. Last night I found a large American Toad on the back porch. Later, Jim

New Hummingbird Pictures

September 8th, 2008

I finally got the pictures together for the fall hummingbird migration. It is still a work in progress, however all of the pictures are online now.

Hummingbird party

September 6th, 2008

The hummingbird activity has been such an incredible experience for us that we decided to invite family members over tonight to share it with them. The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds did not disappoint. We let them hold three of the feeders and left the feeder in front of the feeder cam and one other one. Susan’s sister Linda was lucky enough to have one drink from the feeder she was holding. For the most part though, the little guys and gals were too grumpy about sharing the two remaining hanging feeders and spent most of the time fighting.

Our guests were also treated to the arrival of a doe White-tailed Deer and her fawn. They both calmly ate from the cracked corn tray, being fully aware of us on the deck. After a while our pug decided it was time for bathroom break and went out the back door. At that point the pair decided to leave the yard. A little while later, the Eastern Cotton-tail Rabbit made an appearance at the tray feeder.

I have taken five rolls of film of the hummingbirds and will be creating a page that will be dedicated to the fall 2008 hummingbird migration. I will announce it when that goes live. Thanks for visiting, Jim

Intruder Alert! Intruder Alert!

September 1st, 2008

Susan here – I’ve sat out on the deck twice today – first thing this morning and last thing tonight.  This morning, I took down one of the three feeders on our deck and held it while I sat watching the antics as each “intruder” was chased down and sometimes pecked by the feeder’s owner – whomever that might be at any given moment.  It is the attitude of the bird that determines the owner, not the size.  I’ve seen small little chubby females hold their own against fully mature larger males and win the fight.  I was thrilled this morning to have a female come to my handheld feeder and perch and drink for 30 seconds or so.  She checked around every few seconds for “intruders,” but wasn’t in the least concerned with me.  Tonight, at dinner we were watching out the window at all the activity at the feeders.  When I was through eating, I went out on the deck and sat where Jim could see me and I first took down one of the feeders and held it.  Then it dawned on me that I’d have more luck if I held two of the feeders, so I took the second one down and sat again.  The first visitors to the hanging feeder location were bewildered by the feeders disappearance.  They circled the red ant moat which hangs above the feeder, occasionally poking at it in obvious confusion.  Then a first year male with a single iridescent gorget feather at the base of his throat came up to one of my feeders.  Once one came, it wasn’t long before they all were buzzing me just as they had been buzzing the hanging feeders.  Every challenge was met with a fantail and loads of “chittering.”  A couple of the more memorable happenings: 

  • I was able to watch their beating hearts when they perched at the feeder in my hand.  I can’t offhand remember how many beats a minute their hearts beat, but it is incredibly fast.
  • When the hummer would perch, but flap its wings in a show of posturing, the entire feeder vibrated.
  • I am pretty sure that one of the female hummers was banded – just when I noticed what I thought was a band, she flew off.
  • At one time I had two hummers on one of my handheld feeders and one on the other. 
  • I couldn’t count all the hummers out there with me tonight, but in trying to estimate, it appeared to be close to 15.  The feeder that I had left hanging while I held the other two has four ports.  Several times I saw all four ports in use and the only thing that would stop them was a fifth hummer buzzing in for some action.  Any sort of cooperative feeding has been nonexistent so far this year.  The hummers are obviously bulking up for their migration south. 

One side note:  As I was sitting on the deck, the ground feeder of cracked corn had a number of cardinals, mourning doves, squirrels and a rabbit on or around it.  Suddenly, all of the animals flew or ran for cover and it became completely quiet.  What I believe was a large falcon swooped down over the area where the ground feeder is and landed on our fence.  In its mouth was something small and whitish.  It then flew off over the tree tops.  It took the hummers ten seconds to come back looking for food…it took the ground feeders about ten minutes, but eventually all returned to normal.



Hummingbird Cam

September 1st, 2008

The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are in migration here and the numbers have finally reached a point that I feel putting a hummingbird feeder in front of the feeder cam will be worthwhile. As I type this, Susan is sitting on the deck holding two feeders and dodging beaks and wings. A soon as she is finished I will set up the feeder in front of the cam. May not see a thing until Tuesday though.

Also I went downstairs just now to check on her. Not only is she feeding the hummingbirds by hand, she is watching one of the doe White-tailed Deer eating cracked corn out of the tray in the yard. Wonderful evening, Jim


    Welcome to WingbarsCafe. The site consists of a webcam focused on a sunflower feeder and blogs posted about bird and other wild animal activity in the yard. Also featured are motion activated snapshots that may give you a chance to get a better look at birds that have been at the feeder.