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Attempts to Attract and Photograph Birds, Week 1

Posted May 6th, 2008 at 01:45 AM by funrun
Since I recently moved into a new apartment with a balcony that I can actually see from inside, I decided to attempt to attract some birds with a bird feeder. At Walmart I found a bell-shaped glued conglomeration of different birdseeds for about $2, and figured this was worth a test to see if I could attract any birds.

I hung the seed bell right outside the window next to my desk, and for 2-3 days nothing happened.

During that time I only happened to be at home in the morning and twilight hours, but one evening I noticed a bird on the bell! As I approached the window the bird quickly flew away.

I saw him again the next morning, and this time he had a friend, but any motion on my part to get closer to the window scared them off again.

One time I noticed he only flew off to the nearby roofline, so I grabbed my camera and managed to snap a few photos. The photos themselves sucked cuz the lighting was dim and overcast...
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As I Type: a Plethora of Birds Only 5 Feet Away!

Posted April 26th, 2008 at 06:54 PM by funrun
Updated May 6th, 2008 at 01:49 AM by funrun
I am witnessing at least 8 different types of birds eating seed just a few feet from where I type this! I am taking dozens of photographs, but I barely have time to upload them or type anything before more birds show up and there is more action to take pics of! I've got bird fights, male-female pairs, and multiple species eating together at once.
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Just as I was in mid-sentence up there the elusive European Starling showed up and raided the party of Morning Doves, House Sparrows, and House Finches that had been around!
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Well he only lasted 20 seconds and now the party is back. I have some very close up photos of all the species I've seen so far. Got the camera right next to the keyboard, which is right next to the window, which is right next to the birds. I have pics of most of these already, but the lighting at the moment is very golden and making it hard to stop taking pics.


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