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New BirdCam Setup:  Uh-Oh!

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I thought I would try something different and use a birdbath as a BirdCam lure.  I got the idea from a recent post by David Lindquist at Cary BirdCam Blog.  I found a little birdbath on sale at Ace.  I thought it would look good in photos.  It also fit nicely within the depth-of-field setting on the BirdCam.

When I started reviewing photos, I was taken aback to find this Eastern Gray Squirrel showing up on the first day out.  As some may know, I have been engaged in something just short of hand-to-hand combat with these invasive and resolute feeder pests.


In the end, I would only get three squirrel shots, these two and one that was blurred.  What a relief.  This is in stark contrast to the 1,200 a day I was getting with a suet lure.  As long as he is behaving himself, he will be welcome to come for a drink now and then.


My very first customer was actually this Song Sparrow.  They have always been reliable BirdCam visitors.  The birdbath is positioned close to the front patio feeders …

Another Eagle

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I can't help myself.  When they come to my trees, they call me, "hey Dave, come and take my picture."  They stop by almost daily now, the year around.


"I think this is my best side."

The scientific name of the Bald Eagle is Haliaeetus leucocephalus which literally means white headed sea eagle.  Note that "bald" does not mean hairless in this case.  It comes from the Middle English word ballede which refers to the white on the heads of animals.  The eagle was given this name because of its white head.

Eagle Afternoon

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One of the neighborhood Bald Eagles stopped by this afternoon for a visit.  For me, this is one of the special pleasures of living in the Pacific Northwest.  Western Washington has one of the largest concentrations of Bald Eagles in the lower forty-eight United States.  According to Seattle Audubon, they are common breeders in the San Juans, here in the northern Puget Sound Islands and along both the north and west coasts of the Olympic Peninsula.  I believe there are nests on the small islands across the bay.  I see them heading over there after catching prey.

Bald Eagles and other raptors use hunting perches to spot their prey.  When you are out exploring, look for trees with bare branches at or near the top.  These will be found along the seashore, next to lakes and streams or at the edge of meadows.  Like other predators, eagles spend a lot of time just resting.  In this case, hunting perches become loafing perches.  These birds are great photo subjects because of this behavior. …