Thursday, November 15, 2007
I was working on my feeder a couple of weeks ago, when I saw a white blur coming right at me. It turned out to be a bird landing on the feeder. I was close enough to reach out and touch it... that is if I HAD NOT JUMPED BACK TEN FEET! When I jumped, the bird flew back to the tree. I walked back to the feeder, picked up the feed sack and then slowly backed away. The bird flew back onto the feeder and I was able to get a good look at it.
So I went in the house and grabbed a field guide to try and identify the bird. Here is the thing, if you are not a birder, and I am not, it is next to impossible to ID a bird! It took some time, but I finally know what it was. I found a couple of sites that list the top birds in Pa, Top 25 Feeder birds in Pa and Birds Of Penna When I saw this picture, I thought it was my bird. When I read the text, I knew it was! "Every hunter, hiker, and skier probably knows this pert little gray-white-and-black bundle of woodland energy. They've enjoyed his curiosity—he'll edge closer and closer if you remain quite still" They were wrong about the staying still part! Anyway it is a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE. I have since received my "National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Pennsylvania (NG Field Guide to Birds)" by Jonathan Alderfer, and hope to do better at IDing the visitors to my feeders.
As a follow up to my last post, the software I have to do remote captures does not work under Windows Vista. But that is another rant... in fact, I already did that!
12/08/07 update: OK, now I have a pic of the little guys!