The front yard feeder station has become a battlefield. At least among the Northern Cardinals. I have seen as many as four males coverging in the area -- and as you can imagine, they're combative. Cardinal territories are fiercely contested in the spring and summer. Wherever the lines lie, the alpha bird is not tolerating the other males trying to grab a seed. I've studied enough to think the lines of at least three territories must converge nearby. This is a change from last year when there was toleration at the southeast station and I didn't see much fighting elsewhere. That is the way it goes. I'm pretty pleased our conditions are so cardinal-friendly that we have many breeding pairs. And they'll survive the combat. It might even be fun to watch the aerial dogfights!
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!