Long time readers may remember that this data-obsessive bird watcher has been recording birdfood consumption data since January of 2011. I haven't reported in awhile, but I have been watching some of the trends. It turns out the first 145 days of the last three years are not so easy to predict. This is a time from peak winter consumption to near the peak of spring. It's classic bird feeder time: low natural supplies plus onslaught of hatchlings. I'm up 28 pounds of sunflower seed over last year (just over half a sack) but far behind 2011. Yet safflower is steadily down...only 37 pounds so far this year which is a full sack and more below 2011. The uptick in sunflower is almost certainly ascribable to the hit I took from siskins and Red Winged Blackbirds this winter. But safflower? there are as many feeders running and both cardinals and doves are plentiful. It is a mystery. More data are needed!
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!