A yard-oriented Saturday is an excellent time to observe the backyard birds during daylight hours. At least, it is generally my only chance! And while laboring in the fields I noted that the male American goldfinches are definitely in their winter plumage. Drab and muted. I imagine that they are relieved not to stand out in blazing yellow in winter and double their chances of being nailed by a hawk. But the fact I spotted them today also means: they're baaaaaaa-ack! and the sunflower seed should really start disappearing under a finchy assault. It's neat to see the change of plumage. But it also means cold weather is coming. Dangnabit.
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!