Black-Capped Chickadees

Fall Visitors

I spotted 9 species of birds in the back yard this afternoon:

Dark-eyed Junco
Stellar's Jay
Spotted Towhee
Black-capped Chickadee
Golden-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)
Fox Sparrow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren


Getto Flash Extender

A few years ago when we took a trip to Costa Rica, I was hoping to take photos of jungle birds, however, I knew that shooting pictures in the dark understory would prove to be a challenge. I found that there was a product called the "Better Beamer" which uses a Fresnel lens to extend the flash range. I immediately though, "hey, I can do that". So I purchased a Fresnel lens at Barnes & Noble used for magnifying books and made my own bracket out of a plastic milk jug (I wanted it to be foldable). After a few variations, I had what I wanted. The tests were very positive!



Iphone Birding

I rigged up the iphone once more, this time on the ground feeder. I fully expected to capture a Stellars Jay and a Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco, but I did not expect to get the Spotted Towhee so clearly!


The House Finch sentinal

I have noticed that the House Finch acts as almost a "safety barometer" for other birds. It is fairly fearless at the feeder, it perches and eats without flitting away between bites. When the house Finch perches, it seems as though the chickadees and sparrows determine that it is safe to feed and tend to congregate around the feeder when the finch does.



Another new bird

Today a new sparrow type was identified. The "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow likes to perch on the feeder and eat with little fear.


And then there was this fella:




Today's visitors

The spotted towhee was back again, as was the Northern Flicker which perched on our hottub cover. Also newly spotted: Red-breasted Nuthatch and a House Finch and a number of White-crowned Sparrows.

House Finch (red)


Red-breasted Nuthatch in our Butterfly bush


Northern Flicker visits again


New birds

A few new visitors today:


Northern Flicker:


Spotted Towhee:



iPhone Bird Watching!

I attached my iPhone to my bird feeder using a clamp and used the motion-sensing application "snaps" to capture the antics of the Stellars Jays that frequent my new feeder.





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