Sunday, October 26, 2008

Bark Butter Pt 2 - Carolina Wren

We have up to 8 Carolina Wrens using our yard at this time of year and they really like to feed on Bark Butter. I am currently collecting data, using my Birdcam, to figure out how many times each species visits the Bark Butter for a snack. Since last Tuesday 21st October my Birdcam has recorded 19 visits from our Carolina Wrens. Since then they have spent a little over 6 minutes eating bark butter averaging approximately 20 seconds a visit.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bark Butter Pt 1 - Downy Woodpecker

Jim's Birdalicious Bark Butter is a new kind of bird food I have been using lately. Since early September I have seen up to 8 species (Downy & Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Blue Jay, House Finch, White-breasted Nuthatch and Mourning Dove)feeding on it in my yard. We have a whole family of Downies feasting on it throughout the day. Over the next few weeks I will be posting new video of the different birds that Bark Butter is attracting. It has been a lot of fun watching the footage my Birdcam captures. Over the last 2 days the Downy Woodpeckers have visited the tree on which I spread Bark Butter, a total of 15 times! The birdcam is a great tool to keep tabs on the bird activity you are missing. I look forward to coming home every day and seeing what birds have visited while I am at work or in college.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Carol's pictures

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Amalia's pictures

Northern Parula

Brown-headed Cowbirds (male and female)

Hooded Warbler

Miles sent these pictures of a stunning male Hooded Warbler that hung about in his yard for a while. Hooded Warblers are a summer breeding visitor and common migrant to our area. I have seen more Hoodies this fall in our area than in the previous 4 years. A great bird to get in your yard!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Birdcam in Costa Rica

While we were in costa Rica we left our Birdcam hanging next to one of the hummingbird feeders. This is a video and a couple of pictures from the Wingscapes Birdcam. Over the 4 days that we were there, our Birdcam took 1570 pictures!!! If you would like to know more about the Wingscapes Birdcam, please visit our store website,

Green-breasted Mango (female) , Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, and the White-necked Jacobin (female).

White-necked Jacobin (female), Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, and a Green-breasted Mango (female).

Mary's Backyard Birds

These are some birds that I digiscoped on Sunday afternoon in the backyard.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (immature male)

Carolina Wren on WBU Peanut Feeder

Downy Woodpecker on WBU Peanut Feeder

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Costa Rica pictures

We had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica and chalked up 129 species in 5 days. We saw 15 species of hummingbird at Rancho Naturalista including the beautiful Snowcap. Here are a selection of digiscoping pictures taken by Mary using her Nikon Coolpix 8400 attached to a Skyline ED telescope with a Swarovski digiscoping adapter.

Green-breasted Mango

Boat-billed Heron

Groove-billed Ani

Great Kiskadee

I also took a lot of video of the lodge hummingbird feeders with our Wingscapes Birdcam so look out for that in a future blog entry.

Mary & Susan

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Amalia's yard

Amalia Agramonte has had some very exciting birds in her yard this fall...Veery (pictured below), Chesnut-sided Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Summer Tanager and she also had Great Horned Owls nesting nearby.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Carol's warblers

Carol Miller took these great pics of warblers at St Marks NWR.

Yellow Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler