When I first saw a turkey in our snow-covered backyard I was excited. Next thing I knew three female turkeys have become regulars at our bird feeders. They time their appearance precisely when my husband puts a feeder out with food for ground eaters. The plan is, of course, to feed songbirds (such as cardinals, white-throated sparrows, fox sparrows, Carolina wrens and anyone else who is more comfortable eating on the ground). We had not anticipated to feed gigantic turkeys and hope they’ll disappear once the ground is free of snow. What’s a photographer to do? Take photos, of course. However, they tend to disappear once I get out there.
I have another reason to wish the snow gone. I just got a Wingscapes birdcam and hope I can field-test it soon. The camera has a motion detector and a flash and I hope to capture birds with it that just aren’t comfortable with me being around photographing them. I plan on posting it near our hummingbird feeder and/or our birdbath during the summer.
Until then, I watch the birds from a window. Lately, we’ve observed a flock of red-winged blackbirds, more starlings than we dare to count, a robin, and all the other species I mentioned during the bird count. I have also noticed that, despite the cold weather, the birds are singing more and more often. I even heard the red-winged blackbirds call this morning. Can spring be far behind?
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