Window bird feeders are a great way to enjoy birds up close! These lightweight bird feeders are designed to stick to your window, generally by using suction cups. My personal favorite is the Window Cafe. It is completely clear – even featuring a clear roof to protect both the seed and visiting birds from the rain. Below the hopper is a removable tray for the birds to feast. This feeder attracts all kinds of birds, including goldfinches, chickadees, and house finches.
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For many, squirrels are a nuisance. They eat bird seed, rip food from your trees, and don’t even have the decency to clean up after themselves! But, for the few of us who really watch, squirrels can be a joy – they’re certainly clever little guys. Watch for yourself.
James Bond Squirrel
Sneaky Candybar Thief
Bungee Jumping Bandit
The Spinning Squirrel Caper
The Spinning Bird Feeder vs. Benny Hill Squirrel
The Most Determined Squirrel Ever!
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As spring approaches, Goldfinches have begun turning the distinctive gold color that they are famous for. What better time to learn a little more about these wonderful birds!
- Goldfinches are sometimes referred to as wild canaries. They are actually in the finch family as their name suggest.
- They have an interesting flight call with four syllables that can be likened to “potato-chip.”
- They are common feeder visitors that prefer thistle (nyjer) and sunflowers. They are rather acrobatic, and often dip upside down feeding on weed seeds like coneflowers and sunflowers.
- Goldfinches will hang upside down to eat, but experiments with specially designed feeders have shown that they prefer to dine upright if possible.
- Goldfinches usually lay 5 pale-blue or greenish-blue eggs that will hatch in about 12 days. Babies will fledge about 12 days after that. An interesting side note is that the nest cleaning is ceased about a week after the babies hatch.
- Goldfinches don winter clothes: the dull-green coat of feathers grown each fall has an especially dense layer of soft, plumaceous feathers to provide extra insulation.Filed under Uncategorized | Comment (1)
Windows provide a view to outside world. For many, spending idle hours staring out of the window at the birds and nature in their backyards is a true pleasure. Unfortunately, these same windows can be a hazard for birds who don’t see them and slam into a window. About half of all birds who fly into a window either die immediately or later perish because of their injuries. Preventing window collisions is extremely important!
There are several things that you can do the make your home safer for the birds that live right outside. Unfortunately, many well meaning people exacerbate the situation by placing bird feeders and bird baths either too close to a window or, ironically, to far away from a window. Placing a feeder extremely close to a window will prevent birds from gaining enough speed to seriously hurt themselves when they strike a window. On the flip side, putting a feeder far enough away from a window will give birds enough time to avoid a window strike once they realize what is happening. Generally, feeders should either be placed within about 3 feet of a window or 30 feet away from a window. For this reason, window bird feeders are actually a safe way to feed your feathered friends. On the other hand, feeders placed away from windows should be placed FAR away from windows.
Another way to avoid window collisions is to make them more obvious to the birds. Windows with lattices are much safer for birds because birds can clearly see the lattice. The closer the lattice design is, the more effective this will be. Of course, investing in new windows isn’t always a practical option, but there are other simple tips you can use to make the glass stand out. Simply closing your blinds or shutters is often enough to prevent birds from hitting your window. Installing window screens will also help to prevent collisions, and it has an added benefit of slowing birds down if they do happen to strike a window. Many people also decorate their windows to make them stand out. This can be a fun activity to involve kids in as well. For example, many people like to put up festive pictures in their windows like snowflakes or snowmen in the winter. Window alert decals are an easy way to make windows stand out to birds. These decals easily attach to your window. They are unobtrusive, as to the human eye, they look like frosted or tinted glass. However, to birds, these simple decorative decals stand out, which prevents birds from hitting the glass.
Whatever you decide to do, I encourage you all to consider this problem seriously. Window collisions are one of the leading preventable causes of death for wild birds. While we all love the birds that grace our yard, we must be careful to protect their safety, especially when we invite them with seed or water. At this point, in many ways, they really have become our responsibility. So lets keep them safe!Filed under Backyard Birds | Comments (4)
I recently found this picture on the web. It was popular on a social networking site. Pretty incredible to watch a bird carrying a fish like this. The caption for the social networking site was “Higher! Higher!” Somehow, I don’t think that is what the fish was thinking! Click here to take a look!Filed under Uncategorized | Comments (2)
Hummingbirds have invaded my yard over the past few weeks. I’m really excited about these beautiful birds. Greens, browns, and reds have been buzzing around my yard. Laying outside with my baby, we’ve listened as they sing, and watched as they flit from red flower to red flower in search of a meal. Of course, they’ve also been visiting our hummingbird feeder. One hummer has decided the he owns our feeder, and when others try to stop for a snack, it swoops down and chases them off. Despite his best efforts, he cannot guard our hummingbird feeder all day, and other visitors have been able to perch and eat.
I tried hanging my BirdCam, as this provided the best location for photographing my feeder. But, this was less than successful. It seems that swaying in the wind has confused the BirdCam, and I’ve had many false positives. I’ve been extremely impressed by this camera’s accuracy at determining when a bird is present. It seems that the camera must be firmly mounted to do so. Lesson learned.
Hummingbirds have been on my mind. Our store is running a sale on hummingbird feeders. They are flying and humming around my yard like mad. And my daughter and I have been enjoying their presence immensly. I’ll keep my BirdCam pointed at my hummingbird feeder and see what I can catch over the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are some hummers that made it to my yard. Great, clear, quality shots…from behind. Still worth a look. Can’t wait until I can catch a few from the front feeding on some nectar! For now, enjoy:
Now it’s time to eat!Filed under Bird Feeders, BirdCam, Hummingbirds | Comments (4)
My platform feeder continues to be active! The feeder is just outside from where I work. It is so nice to look out from my desk and see all the birds feeding.
I think my BirdCam may have been a little out of focus, so these shots aren’t the best. But, there were a few fun ones that I wanted to share.
I’ve been enjoying the doves at my feeder lately.
Love those bright red House Finches!
Gotta love the action shots!Filed under Bird Feeders, BirdCam | Comments (2)
I hesitate to post this picture, as a bit of controversy has erupted around it. But, the photographer got a really amazing shot…so I couldn’t resist!
First the controversy: Apparently, this photographer knows a lot more about photography than he does about the Internet. His photograph became popular on a social networking site, digg.com. This is one of the most popular social networking sites, so getting “dug” is considered quite an honor. There are millions of websites that would kill for the type of free publicity that this photographer received. While this says something special about his picture, the photographer didn’t seem to understand what was happening. He recognized that he was getting a lot of traffic, and then accused digg of stealing his picture, which was copyrighted. Of course, all digg did was to link to a picture that was publicly available on the Internet. I’m about to do the same thing…hence my hesitation to make this post. Anyway, after accusing digg and its users of copyright infringement, the digg community got understandably upset, and overreacted to the situation, just as the photographer had done earlier. Their comments started to get a little nasty. The photographer removed the photo, but eventually realized that linking is not copyright infringement. He apologized and put the photo back up. Anyway…quite the drama!
But, that doesn’t negate the fact that this is quite a shot. Check it out and read about how he took it. Fun stuff!
Pretty fun, eh?Filed under Hummingbirds | Comment (0)