For three years I have undertaken a wonky yet fascinating exercise in recording the amount of product that I put out for our birds. And the 2013 numbers are in! Last year our feathery friends consumed 4,972 ounces (310.8 pounds) of sunflower seed and 95.6 pounds of safflower seed. I thought it interesting that this was a decline from both 2011 and 2012, dropping 6% from last year in the case of sunflower and 1% in the case of safflower. The difference is probably not a great one, amounting to less than an ounce per day. My "megatube" feeder on the left of the photo holds 48 times that amount! And I don't think we have really that fewer number of birds. Similarly, suet consumption was also down, from 85 cakes consumed in 2012 to 61 this past year. The difference? not a lot on a per-day basis. I suspect we had fewer marauders as I don't remember seeing as many big birds there, especially the larger woodpeckers. And when we get right down to it, I saved money and yet had fine bird company all year. Can't beat that!
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!