Audubon Park’s media challenge accepted

Photo by Chris Bosak A pair of Tufted Titmice visit a feeder during the Audobon Park My Bird Week media challenge in Danbury, Conn., in Nov. 2016. Both the feeder and seeds are from Audubon Park.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A pair of Tufted Titmice visit a feeder during the Audobon Park My Bird Week media challenge in Danbury, Conn., in Nov. 2016. Both the feeder and seeds are from Audubon Park.

I recently accepted a challenge from Audubon Park to participate in a media challenge whereby members of the media, using an Audubon Park feeder and bird seed blend, feed birds for a week and tracke the birds they see.

I already had a feeding station set up, so I knew the birds would quickly discover the new feeder in the area. I planted a new pole set up to hang the feeder on. Well, it took a matter of minutes for the Audubon Park feeder and seeds to get broken in by “my” birds.

At first it was my favorite regulars — Black-caped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and White-breasted Nuthatch — that visited the feeder. Continue reading

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A couple winter birds

Photo by Chris Bosak A female Downy Woodpecker perches next to a birdfeeder in New England, Jan. 2015.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A female Downy Woodpecker perches next to a birdfeeder in New England, Jan. 2015.

Yesterday (Saturday) coastal southern New England had its first significant snow of the year. And even so, it wasn’t that much of an event as we woke up to about four inches of snow and nothing else fell during the day (except some light rain off and on). But it was nice to see snow finally (I’m sure not everyone shares that opinion) and, for me, that always means checking out the feeding stations for photos opps.

I didn’t do so¬†well in that department as the birds were surprisingly somewhat scarce. White-throated Sparrows were the most plentiful species, with 10 to 12 under the feeders at all times. A Downy Woodpecker showed up frequently, too. There were infrequent visits from cardinals, juncos and titmice. That’s about it. The Carolina Wren Continue reading