Saturday, January 16, 2010

More Winter Robins

Robin

We had a large flock of robins come by this afternoon. They only stayed for a few minutes. Last week, Chris put out cranberries for the visiting winter robins, but none were eaten. Today, several of the robins found cranberries and ate them. Finally!!!

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Anonymous Beth said...

Did you put out dried, frozen or fresh cranberries? We have winter robins here in southern coastal Maine and I would like to put something out for them when there is a lot of snow on the ground. Thanks.

January 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Chris and Mike said...

We put out fresh cranberries, but the robins were not interested in them immediately. They ate them a week later, after the cranberries had frozen and defrosted a few times.

January 30, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just checking this out .... a friend sent me the link from your side of the water!! I'm from the UK & have been waiting for my garden to mature enough to get one Robin never mind a flock!! We got our first sighting today Boxing Day 2010 .... Great Joy :)

December 26, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hungry Woodpeckers

Red-bellied woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker at Suet Feeder



Today was a pretty active morning at the bird feeders. There were plenty of woodpeckers including a hairy woodpecker (lower photo) who hasn't been around that often. In the upper photo, a red-bellied woodpecker is taking a peanut.

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Red Fox on Lake Nelson

Red Fox  

Red Fox  


Mike was up early this morning and noticed a fox running across the frozen lake. It stopped for a while to get its photo taken and then ran off into the wooded area by the dam. A couple weeks ago when the lake first froze, Chris thought she saw a fox go by in the same direction, but she didn't jump off the treadmill to get the binoculars to confirm it. (Mike said he believed her then, but now he really believers her!)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the picture of this beautiful creature in NJ.

February 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Chris and Mike, Your neighbor Ed and also Lana on Wyndmer adr a few others recently have seen the Red Fox on Lakeside Dr south ,. He has also been seen eating a squirel. Nov 2010. Warren (across the street)

November 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

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Birdcam Photos

Cardinal: Birdcam


Mike got a birdcam for Christmas and is using an eye-fi wireless memory card to load pictures on the computer. While the photos are not as good as the DSLR, it beats going outside in cold and has a longer attention span. Click on the bottom photo to see a slideshow of common winter backyard feeder birds: finches, a cardinal, a chickadee, a goldfinch, a tufted titmouse, a nuthatch, a blue jay, and more.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

More Photos of Winter Birds in NJ

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

The Carolina Wren and the White-throated Sparrow are common birds in New Jersey in the winter but harder to photograph because they rarely come to bird feeders and spend most of their time in the underbrush.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

On the banks of the old Raritan

Common Merganser
Female Common Merganser

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Ducks


Lake Nelson is frozen so we have no wintering ducks. We took a walk on the D&R Canal in New Brunswick (off Landing Lane) and encountered a few.

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