I may be testing fate, but I am now prepared to believe we will be Siskin-free this winter. The irruption of 2012-13 has not been repeated, and I have seen no Siskins whatever at the feeders. This is no surprise as the Siskins are most irregular in these parts and have only visited, I believe, three times in the past eight years. In some ways, this is good news. I learned last winter that it is easy to attract a great number of Siskins, which are as voracious a species of seed eater as I could imagine. And I didn't imagine the 52 Siskins I counted during the Great Backyard Bird Count! So my budget is unstrained and the only piggies at the trough are the predictable House Finches. That seems fine this time out. Maybe next year?
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!