Monday, September 6, 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

We are often visited by our non-avian friends here at the Bird Station. Some arrive as masked "thieves" in the night while others waltz right in and make themselves at home in broad daylight. Either way, all are least until the deer get tired of birdseed and start in on every plant,shrub and tree in the yard!

Friday, March 5, 2010

I received a reply from Cornell University Ornithology lab regarding my inquiry about the oddly colored woodpecker I recently snapped on the Bird Cam. I suppose their theory is possible. Here it is:

Dear Chris,
The bird in your photo is a female Downy Woodpecker. The brown wash on the belly is most likely caused by whatever roost hole the bird was using. It does make the identification more challenging, though. Learn more about this small woodpecker at
I wanted to let you know about the newest feature to All About Birds. It's called Inside Birding and it provides tips from two expert birders on how to be an even better birder. Visit to learn more.

Anne Hobbs
Public Information Specialist
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Variety Pack

A Red bellied Woodpecker arriving for a snack; A summer favorite, Ruby Throated Hummingbird does the hovering thing; A pair of Finches dine together; A handsome Cardinal; A ground feeding Junco is lured onto the deck.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A proud moment

I was surprised to see that "Wingscapes", the company that makes the "Bird Cam" motion activated camera that allows me to capture the terrific pictures of the fascinating, beautiful creatures that surround us daily, has featured one of my shots on their face book page and on their own website:

I got this shot of this strangely colored woodpecker a few weeks ago. I had never seen one with plumage of this color and can't find any reference to it in any of my field guides. Their explanation sounds plausible. However I have also submitted this image to the Cornell University Ornithology lab( to get their opinion. If I get a response I will post it here.
Suffice to say for now today was a proud day for us here at The Bird Station!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

First, a few pics.

Here are some samples of my "frequent flyers": Red Bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker and Black Capped Chickadee (Coming in for a landing just to the right of the Downy Woodpecker, look closely!)