|After checking out the latest refurbishments of the nest on 927 Fifth Avenue, Pale Male surveys his domain. Photograph courtesy of www.palemale.com|
Yes, folks it must be February in Wisconsin because it is snowing. Maybe we'll have a winter after all. Perhaps Purple Finch is thinking the same thing.
|And yes, the squirrels are still getting what they feel is their fair share of sunflowers even with the baffle on the feeder pole. How? They're squirrels. How not?|
|Now look at this shot. See the white edges? Now don't think this is all that easy. Remember you can see them on the Carolina's too but they are more evident on the BCs as they sometimes appear to merge together to make a definite white streak.|
|How about on this one? I know, I know, from the underside the whole feather looks pretty pale. But isn't the edge a little lighter? Looks that way to me. Could be power of suggestion. Next!|
|Okay here we go. In this photograph the edges of the wing feathers are close enough together and staggered just right to see the block of white that one is supposed to see in a Black-capped Chickadee.|
Here are some of the snapshots that Sally sent in for our perusal. Look carefully. The Chickadees weren't being particularly cooperative and Sally had to shoot in low light. Does the bird above look a half inch longer than the bird below?
|Sally asked that we compare the bird above and the bird below. Unfortunately we can't see the possible white streaks on these particular birds wings. But to my eye these two birds appear to be different in size.|
|Well you can see Pye and also note the heating register under Pye which is squirting hot air out and warming the glass making it attractive to the poor kitty in the cold. The kitty, who we now can't see in photos with flash. So it's back to no flash.|
Interesting that Pye isn't chasing him from window to window, maybe she is succumbing to his charms But wait. Look to B B Cat's left. Is that the shadow of his head or what? Now B B Cat hasn't run away after looking at me which he usually does. It is really cold and I wonder if he'd like to come in the house? I get a handful of cat chow, open the door slowly a crack saying kitty, kitty, dribbling kitty chow on the step by the door and WHOA!!!!! That isn't one Bird Bath CAT. It's TWO Bird Bath CATS!!!! They are VERY very similar.
One heads for the the corner of the house and the other runs under the picnic table and beyond. It was fast. Sometimes you have to decide to actually watch what is going on so you'll know rather than diddle with equipment and possibly miss it. Pye looks up at me and meows with extreme grumpiness. What? Before you hated the cat(s) outside but now if you can have a seraglio you're deciding that might be a good time?
No doubt the saga will continue...
Head's up! A possible lurking Red-tail may have replaced the Cooper's. Earlier today there had been a feeding frenzy outback with 19 Mourning Doves , 14 Juncos, two pair of Chickadees, heaven knows how many sparrows, nuthatch, Downys, and finches when they all flushed and the squirrels in the trees all looked over the house and began to scold like maniacs. Squirrels could care less about Cooper's. They don't eat squirrels, but a Red-tail is quite another story. We'll see what tomorrow brings.