Monday, 31 December 2012

Stormy visitors

Scram at the suet basket
Despite the frigid weather yesterday, there were LOTS of visitors to the Bird Cam yesterday.

Chickadees, goldfinches, the male & female hairy woodpeckers, Scram (and a friend!), juncos and more. At one point yesterday morning, I noticed a large yellowish bird in the trees with a group of bluejays. Another Evening Grosbeak! I think it was a male. It was alone, but like I said, traveling with the bluejays. He stayed for a while and took a few swoops at the feeder, but was pretty skittish.

A male Evening Grosbeak visits
I was pretty surprised at just how busy the feeders were. Even when hubby was out snowblowing, they were still eating away.

Today, there are still lots of birds visiting. Guess they just can't stay away! Enjoy :)

Hope you all have a Happy New Year's Eve!
Sunday, 30 December 2012

Blizzard Warning!

Just a heads-up! We're in the middle of a blizzard right now!
The cam may very well be down or only up periodicly as I do expect the power will go out sometime today due to the storm. We're already having some flickers of an outage.

Stay tuned! If we do go down, we'll be back ASAP!
Sunday, 23 December 2012

Scram is home for the holidays!

The snow has melted off, and it seems to have brought back a familiar tail!

After yet another hiatus, Scram has returned yet again, just in time for Christmas! It was a very nice surprise to see him show up to have a snack on a Bird Pie in the suet block. I hope he sticks around a while!

Pesky or not, he's a nice visitor to the cam!
Thursday, 20 December 2012

Holy Snow!!

Yesterday we got one whopper of a snow storm! Because the BirdCam is located in a higher elevation, we tend to get even more snow than most of the region. At one point the snow knocked out power and the cam was off air.

When the cam cam back online, it was amazing to see just how much snow had fallen! There were a few birds around, but most of them had definitely taken cover somewhere safe until the storm was over.

There should be a lot of activity today. I have already seen bluejays, chickadees, dark-eyed juncos and both the male and female downy woodpeckers! It's very busy!
Thursday, 6 December 2012

Curious Woodpeckers

A female Hairy Woodpecker inspects the seed feeder.
I happened to take a look at the Birdcam this morning and was surprised to see a silly Hairy Woodpecker feeding at the window feeder, rather than the suet cage. I haven't seen woodpeckers show too much interest in seed before!

I don't think she was necessarily eating anything, but she stayed and checked out the feeder for some time before flying over to the suet cage.

As mentioned above, the woodpecker is female. This means that I have more than one coming to the feeders now, which is even more exciting. Up until this point, I had only seen a male visiting the suet cage. The new woodpecker however, did not have a red patch on the back of her head, which told me that she is indeed a she!

The next goal is to attract a Piliated or Red-bellied woodpecker! Wouldn't that be something?!