New Birding Toy

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

LOONS
Common Loon
DUCKS, GEESE AND SWANS
Mallard
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
HAWKS, EAGLES AND KITES
Sharp-shinned Hawk
GULLS
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
PIGEONS AND DOVES
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
WOODPECKERS
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
WAXWINGS
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
WRENS
Carolina Wren
THRUSHES
American Robin
CHICKADEES AND TITS
Black-capped Chickadee
NUTHATCHES
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
CROWS AND JAYS
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
STARLINGS
European Starling
SPARROWS, TOWHEES, JUNCOS
Dark-eyed Junco
SALTATORS, CARDINALS AND ALLIES
Northern Cardinal
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, GRACKLES, ETC.
Red-winged Blackbird
FINCHES, SISKINS, CROSSBILLS
Pine Grosbeak
House Finch
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
American Goldfinch
OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow

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