For nearly a month, the feeders were empty. I stopped refilling as the Great Backyard Bird Count ended in an effort to discourage a mob of pesky Red Winged Blackbirds (or is that term "cloud"?) The tactic worked. Eventually there were no signs or sounds of RWBs, so I experimented with reloading every sunflower tube (and other feeders). One expected the birds to return in a few days. Not quite. It was a few hours. It was no time at all before American Goldfinches, mostly, descended and began draining the tubes. This is proof that the birds regularly check past successful food sources but can do well without feeder food if the need arises. The fast past of consumption has been resumed. Now, do I need to slow down the finches?
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!