~Birds in the yard…

Wolf Song Blog

~Loveland, CO, September, 2018

A few bird photos from my yard.

_MG_3758 A male House Finch looking a little scruffy.


_MG_3788 Seeing some migrating Robins, they sure are enjoying the water.


_MG_3729 A young Robin (note the yellow bill).


_MG_3727 A black and white of a Blue Jay drinking water.

_MG_3726 Photo taken through the window.


_MG_3723 A very young Red-Shafted (Western) Flicker. Photo taken through the glass.


_MG_3719 Black and White of a Downy Woodpecker.


_MG_3658 White-Breasted Nuthatch (not a good photo, testing a different lens).


_MG_3759 Common Grackle(?) (lots of them passing through).


_MG_3752 Only saw two Hummers today. Looks like a female Rufous.


_MG_3739 “I think I need to scratch.”


_MG_3780 Black and White of Western Scrub Jay.


_MG_3771 Sitting pretty!


_MG_3744 What a stern look she has going.


Happy Birding!

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2019/2019 Challenge

Hermanus Bird Club

2018 Challenge Area The New Challenge Area

Here are the rules for 2018/19 Challenge. The idea is to challenge yourself to see what species you can identify in the four months from the 1st October 2018 to 28th February 2019,  excluding the month of December 2018.  This is to allow for holiday makers (who cannot look after grandchildren and bird at the same time!).


The Challenge is to be run within the boundaries set out in the map.

There is one area only – as is marked on the map.

The map is considered sufficient for participants to be able to identify the area boundaries without any further description.

The club outings will be arranged within the area, so it’s in your interest to participate if you can in the monthly walks.

As many species of wild birds as possible must be positively identified by sight or sound by…

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Tracking Backyard Birds | Cornell Lab of Ornithology


The same technology used to locate lost pets is now being used to track common backyard birds. Scientists and students at the Cornell Lab have collected data on hundreds of thousands of feeder visits so far by Black-capped Chickadees and other birds. Tiny tags weighing less than one-tenth of a gram are attached to the birds’ legs and are detected each time the birds visit specially-rigged feeders. Watch this in which David Bonter describes the radio frequency identification (RFID) technique and what we can learn by keeping track of who’s coming to dinner.

A film from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead…

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