We have a our first spring bird return … a Red-winged Blackbird visited the garden this afternoon to check the feeders. Welcome back.
We have purchased a `Bird Cam` to monitor the garden while we are not around and have been making first tests … this excellent device is not going to produce classy images, but it will tell us what we have missed. It is weatherproof, and can take time-lapse images or via a motion and body-heat detector, even short video slips though we haven`t experimented with that yet. The website with details is here http://www.wingscapes.com/
The very first bird to be trapped (apologies for lack of sharpness – new toy and lots of wind to wave the feeders about) was, of course, a Chickadee ..
… but later we got a male House Finch (which we saw anyway)
and then later, one which we would otherwise have missed, a female – this is important as it`s a Feederwatch weekend.
As we said, not stunning images, but neat technology that will be useful in the future.
Here it is in action – firstly mounted on a feeder-pole bracket (a bit wobbly in the wind) and then on a tripod.
Time for an update on thie year`s Bigby list so far … 32 species
DUCKS, GEESE AND SWANS
HAWKS, EAGLES AND KITES
Great Black-backed Gull
PIGEONS AND DOVES
CHICKADEES AND TITS
CROWS AND JAYS
SPARROWS, TOWHEES, JUNCOS
SALTATORS, CARDINALS AND ALLIES
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, GRACKLES, ETC.
FINCHES, SISKINS, CROSSBILLS
OLD WORLD SPARROWS