Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Friday, January 11, 2008

Spying on my birds

This has been a hectic week, but I'm starting to get a little settled in. I leave for work while it's still pretty dark, and get home after dark. I set out a feeder on my balcony Friday, but didn't have any visitors until Sunday. Even more birds showed up Monday, and every day this week I've added at least one new species to my feeder list! How did I know they were there? I used my spiffy little BirdCam! So far, the camera has seen Tufted Titmice, Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch (I saw Red-breasted Nuthatch myself on Sunday, but haven't seen any evidence that it's showed up since then), Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Dark-eyed Junco, and American Goldfinch.

My cat Kasey has been watching the birds all week--she's even left some saliva on the balcony door! But she's an indoor cat, so the birds are safe.

Meanwhile, I haven't had much chance for Bigbying yet. The best bird I've had at work has been a Common Redpoll flying over Wednesday.

When I finally have Internet at my apartment, I'll add a bunch more photos!


  1. Laura, nice view. Tell us more about your place.

  2. Laura,

    Nice blog! I'm always looking for cool birding blogs. I found you through Google Reader....I also have a nature blog here in Ohio.


  3. You get titmice consistently at your feeder?! I have only ever seen one at my feeder and he only stayed for a day. I have never seen him again. Could you tell me what I am doing wrong to attract them. I have a platform feeder about 15 feet up in a small cluster of mature coniferous trees. I provide black oil sunflower seeds and suet. The chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers love it. Is there something I am forgetting?

  4. Where do you live? I'm on the edge of a wetland. They seem to LOVE the peanuts in the mixture I'm setting out on my platform feeder.

    Cindy, my place is southeast of the Cornell campus and the Lab, on the edge of a great woods/wetland. I'm in a duplex, and although there are houses along my road, there are none behind me for at least half a mile, so from my balcony I feel like I'm all alone in the woods.

  5. Laura!

    I'm dyin'! I'm getting withdrawal!

    How's the new job going?

  6. Laura, Check-out "MAKE" Magazine volume #11 on page 116 the article on "remote control bird feeder photography" ,Suzy