Sunday, November 11, 2007

Recent Yard Birds

Here are some recent visitors captured on the BirdCam. All of these birds came to the feeders between November 4 and November 9. This week I aimed the camera at the suet feeder on most days, and it recorded an interesting mix of birds.

The suet feeder attracts a predictable set of birds - primarily nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, and woodpeckers.
This nuthatch appears to be yawning.

Then there are some less expected customers, like this house sparrow that thinks it's a chickadee.

Patrick wrote a lengthy review of the Wingscapes BirdCam at his blog. He covers all the bases, so I don't have much to add to it. I have gotten the best results in the 24"-37" range. Aiming for much closer tends to obscure more distant birds, while setting it for farther away results in a lot of birds being too close to the lens. It helps to have a single point where birds gather - like a feeder or birdbath - that is entirely within the focus range.