I made a big effort to fill feeders Friday night, one of our coldest days of the past five years, in expectation that the birds would line up to stay warm the next morning. Except that, nothing happened. The feeders hardly dropped in seed level. All day. And the prime reason for that was the utter absence of piggy little House Finches (or any of their goldfinch, Chickadee and Titmouse allies). All gone. So what took place? why was I ignored this time? My beloved postulated that on days such as that casual bird feeders swing into action and spread some seed, perhaps that lousy millet-and-white-striped-sunflower garbage mix, on a deck or on the ground, and that the birds keyed in on this new bounty. As to why my more reliable supply gets the short shrift in favor of the new "stuff", I can't comment. But it may make sense. Perhaps the change of diet appeals to them. Well, fine. See you all when the short time stuff runs out!
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!