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Talk to any sales clerk at a backyard bird supply store long enough and you're likely to hear the story about the new customer who wanted to start feeding the birds in their backyard; so they bought a feeder and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
From as far back as human history is recorded, the dove has not only been understood as a sign of love and purity but of good fortune as well. Consider the over two-thousand-year-old verses of the Song of Solomon associating... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
In order to help protect them from predators, the plumage of many birds closely matches the colors and often even the patterns of their habitats. Plovers are generally a dusty tan color to match the ground on which they nest,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
When John James Audubon first sketched the Red-winged Blackbird, he called it not by the name we know it today but by another - the Red-winged Starling. To those accustomed to seeing the male in its jet black plumage adorned... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
Even though the Ruby-throated Hummingbird carries the description of its most distinguishing quality right in its own name, there are certain moments when one sees a male of the species, either in life or in a photograph, and stops transfixed,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
One of the great things about perusing the WIngscapes photo gallery is all the surprises it contains; for example, the amazing image of this hawkmoth that was recorded and uploaded by John in Charleston, South Carolina. Thanks to the flash... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
While we're not certain if Rick from Tamarac, Florida has ever had an Orange Bishop on his landing, thanks to the marvelous series of images he took with his Audubon BirdCam and uploaded to the Wingscapes Photo Gallery we do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
While birds “neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,” they most certainly do labor – particularly in the construction of nests. This being Labor Day in the United States we thought it therefore appropriate to stop for a moment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
“Go away! Go away!” That would be quite a surprising thing to hear as you stepped out your back door and into your garden one morning; however if you lived in South Africa you just might. Fortunately it wouldn’t be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
Stop by the Wingscapes BirdCam group on the popular photo sharing site flickr and you will find there, among the nearly six hundred other images uploaded by enthusiastic BirdCam users, this image depicting the red-shafted form of the Northern Flicker.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
Of all the features of the BirdCam 2.0, the flash has certainly done the most to enable BirdCam users to discover and record images of the many interesting creatures that prowl the night right outside their very doors. From skunks... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
What if back in 1968, while engrossed in writing the lyrics to the songs to be included in what would eventually become The White Album, Paul McCartney had looked out of his window and seen a sight similar to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
Think for a moment about feathers. They provide birds with protection from the environment, enable them to fly (well, most of them at least), and identify them to one another – and to us as well. So when a bird... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
For those who spend all their time in cities, the idea of getting excited over seeing a pigeon likely seems absurd. After all, pigeons are pigeons – if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Right? Well… not quite. While... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
One of the first and most frequent pieces of advice given to new parents is "Take lots of pictures because before you know it the little one (or ones) will be grown up and out of the house." This same... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
While most people who set out and maintain bird feeders have a somewhat contentious relationship with their local squirrels, the same is generally not the case with chipmunks. Perhaps it’s the chipmunks’ smaller size, maybe it’s their almost genteel behavior;... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
Opinions differ about just how the bird commonly known as the American Robin got its name. One popular story follows the idea that when early settlers from Europe arrived on the eastern shores of what would someday become the United... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
All of us here at Wingscapes are as proud as we can be to announce a new addition brought to us by the stork. Well, not “the” stork perhaps but “a” stork at least – the one pictured here to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
In life, some challenges are a little more daunting in others. While some obstacles are easily overcome with the resources at hand, the solutions to others are more elusive and require far more creativity for the problem to be solved.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
There’s something special about the color blue when it appears in nature. From the clear blue sky of a sunny summer day to the powdery pale blue of the tiny Spring Azure butterfly and even to the ever-popular Eastern and... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
When it comes to sheer, overpowering cuteness, few things can compete with baby animals. Take these four little foxes recorded by Janice from Coon Rapids, Minnesota. While as adults they might be considered as unwelcome intruders into a backyard, garden... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
Capturing an image of a hummingbird in flight where the wings are frozen in the moment is not easy. With a wing beat speed of around 60 per second, even a professional-level DSLR camera often can’t do it. Which is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
With Wingscapes BirdCams increasingly being put into use by people all around the globe, we are seeing an exciting expansion in the breadth of bird species images being uploaded to the Wingscapes BirdCam Photo Gallery. Just the other day, in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
The past week was a very busy one for the Wingscapes team. We were demonstrating and discussing the new BirdCam and PlantCam models with the 14,000 plus attendees of the National Science Teachers Association’s national conference, held this year in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at WINGSCAPES
With the Wingscapes BirdCam I reached a goal: I won my school’s science fair and I moved to the regional competition level. I used the BirdCam to record the feeding patterns at my backyard feeder and called this the “Seed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at WINGSCAPES