February 17, 2014
Bird Counts 2014
Now that both the NH Audubon Society Winter Bird Count and the Cornell/Audubon Great Back Yard Bird Count are over, I can share my excitement over what I was able to record. For both counts, birds only made an appearance on 1 day (even the GBYBC, which last 4 days - they only appeared on Sunday).
Ror the Winter Bird Count, I was excited to have White Breasted Nut Hatch, Juncos, Cardinals (1 male and 1 femal) and the greatest sightings were cedar waxwings (3) and Eastern Towees (5). The Eastern Towess are rare for winter and I supplied photos to help confirm my identification. The towees were infatuated with my crab apple (or cherry - have to wait for summer to identify). Sorry the pictures are crappy, but they were taken thru plastic covered windows and at a high digital zoom, so you gets what you gets.
For the GBYBC, I had chickadees, titmice, the WB nut hatch, purple finches, juncos, downy woodpeckers (male and female) and another 12 Eastern Towees, 1 red bellied wood pecker and 4 chipping sparrows (rare for winter).
I was thrilled the birds showed up as I don't seem to have regualr visitors so far. The red bellied woodpecker was a surprise at the end of my watching yesterday and attacked the suet feeder with gusto (much to the woodpeckers' chagrine).
This bodes well for my summer bird watching, expecially since there is running water just over the property line which will help to attract them.
February 14, 2014
2014 GBBC Starts
The Cornell/Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count starts today and goes thru Monday. Everyone in the world can participate and enter their sightings online. If I can just get lucky and get the birds I got last week (I'll post later on that), I will be happy.
September 08, 2013
Just a couple of pictures of things that made me smile:
Saturday morning, while cleaning Birdie's cage, I looked out the slider and saw turkeys - 2 hens and a bunch of young. They didn't stay long, but that is a sight we don't see at the house; they usually stay in the woods out back.
Hope the pics gave you a smile too.
June 30, 2013
It tells me how little I have been posting over the last month that I have gone back in my picture files and found pics from the 1st week in June that I wanted to share.
I am unsure why the purple finch was in this posture. It was a warm day, but not overly so. I was also thinking that perhaps one of the area hawks was in the region and the finch was hding the best he could (actually that looked to be an excellent position if he couldn't fly to a more sheltered spot in the woods.
The purple finch seemed to be healthy, and later flew off, so although I didnt' see or hear a hawk, I figured that must have been the issue.
May 19, 2013
So remember back in January when my old birdfeeder was finally retired and I got the new one?
Well, they have a new tactic that is working for them. They have managed to bend the metal wires close enough to the tube, that they either chewed, or clawed the bottom off of one of the ports; How it should be (and is on most ports):
How one of the bottom ports is now (it wasn't that way when I filled it Friday evening):
That is some heavy duty plastic, embedded into PVC tubing that they have mutilated. Now the seed just spills out onto the seed catcher and the squirrels can easily scoop it out with a paw.
Who needs bears when the squirrels are this determined?
April 02, 2013
Coming Home to Roost
Art, the osprey, is on his way home (okay, he lives here 1/2 time) and our local TV station has a graphic tracking his progress. He flew an impressive 452 miles in 19.5 hours - presumably without a rest since he was flying over the ocean. Here is another article about Art , his solar powered GPS, and the researchers tracking him.
Hoping Art has good winds, and safe passage.
March 02, 2013
One of the Pair
WS almost got a picture of the Pileated Woodpeckers last week. Actually, he got a picture of one of them, but it is so far away, and there is enough brush between the bird and WS, that you really can't see it. But, Here is the picture (cropped) so you can have fun torture yourself trying to identify where it is.
February 23, 2013
What a PairWS got up a bit ago, went upstairs, and yelled for me to get my but up there. He had spotted something that we have never had - a pair of pileated woddpeckers in our back yard. Unfortunately the tree cover is thick enough I can't get a picture - but it was cool to watch them while they were here!
January 20, 2013
Almost Survey Time
The time for bird counts is almost here.
The NH Audubon Society's Backyard Winter Bird Survey will be held February 9-10, 2013.
The Cornell Great Bachyard Birdcount is going global this year, so you don't have to live in the USA or Canada to participate. The dates are February 15-19, 2013. They have also supplied great buttons if you want to place them on you blog or FaceBook page (there are a total of 5 buttons) and there are also two posters if you want to print them out and post them at work or other places.
I just saw something new;,Project Feeder Watch, which watches birds thru April 5, 2013 and they are taking new members until the beginning of February. Just be aware there is a participation fee that is used to support the administrative costs..
So, if you have a birdfeeder, or watch birds, join in on one or more watches
January 13, 2013
Squirrels Be Gone
The old bird feeder gave up the ghost last week and I replaced it with another half-broken feeder that the squirrels had worried at a couple of years ago. Here are a couple of pictures of the latest broken feeder. Note that the (heavy) plastic insides are supposed to be 3 levels high. One section is completly demolished, letting the other sections cave down inside of it.
It looks really good and the top locks down so the squirrels shouldn't be able to get inside. The birds seem to be happy with it although they were a bit hesitant because they have to really lean inside the cage to get to the feed ports, but they are learning to deal with the change.
Should be interesting to see how long this one lasts!