Zombie Fox!

October 31, 2012

Thank’s to the BirdCam 2.0’s automatic flash, not only is the beautiful gray and red fur of this night-visitng fox vividly illuminated against the darkness but its eyes - superbly adapted for seeing clearly through the blackest night and therefore highly reflective - brilliantly shine with an other-worldly glow. Read More

Time Lapse Video Shows Art Installation's Impact on Chicago Neighborhood

October 26, 2012

Artist Nick Bastis brings an education in architecture and urban planning to his work, which frequently focuses on the relationships between people and urban structures or spaces. Last fall, Bastis used a Wingscapes Timelapse PlantCam like a Timelapse ProjectCam to document a Chicago project called “Forms of Spectacle and Solutions to Vacancy.” Working with local middle-school students, he built a replica of a structure by renowned architect Frank Gehry in an empty lot to observe its impact on the neighborhood. The project earned a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation and was featured by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs as part of Chicago Artist’s Month in October 2010. Wingscapes was pleased to learn more about the project from Bastis. Read More

Feeding the Birds - Cooper's Hawk

October 24, 2012

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 some seed, and went home happy. Read More

Angry Hummingbirds?

September 18, 2012

As summer shifts into autumn, the hummingbirds being seen in the Pacific Northwest are likewise shifting from Rufous Hummingbirds to Anna’s Hummingbirds. As Anna’s Hummingbirds will over-winter in the mild maritime climate of the western regions of Oregon and Washington, backyard nature enthusiasts there keep their nectar feeders stocked and their Wingscapes BirdCams focused on them year-round. Read More

Women See Red Better Than Men Do

September 6, 2012

When it comes to seeing the colors of the world around us, scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that women not only see red more vividly than men but that they can also distinguish more subtle hues of it from one another, as mentioned in this article. Read More

Birdchick Takes Her BirdCam On a Grand Adventure to Panama

August 25, 2012

Some people take a large suitcase on trips for clothes or hair and make up supplies. I pack a large suitcase for camera equipment.  As a bird blogger, I love to share my birding adventures. Most of the time, I do that with digiscoping, I attach a digital camera to my spotting scope. However, I also use my Wingscapes BirdCam.  It is built for durability in the outdoors and its small size make it a perfect item to tuck away in my checked luggage. Read More

Bringing the Birds Back to Hershey Gardens

August 15, 2012

Not all of the delightful legacies left by Milton S. Hershey are edible. Hershey Gardens, a division of the non-profit Milton S. Hershey Foundation, is a 23-acre botanical garden open to the public and dedicated both to horticultural excellence and community education. First blooming in 1937 as a rose garden encompassing just a few acres, the Gardens now boasts 5,600 roses, 30,000 spring tulips, and a collection of displays ranging from Japanese and rock gardens to oak groves, perennial beds, and an engaging activity garden especially for children. Read More

Why These Woodpeckers are Called “Yellow-shafted”

August 1, 2012

When first confronted with one of North America’s largest woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker, many new bird watchers are surprised to learn that they appear dramatically different depending on where they’re seen. Those in the western part of the U.S. have red shafts to their feathers while the feathers of those in the east have yellow shafts. The problem is that most of the time this important detail isn’t particularly easy to see. Read More

How Birds Got Their Latin Names

July 31, 2012

Back when old Carl von Linné - Linnaeus to his friends - came up with the idea of binomial nomenclature to help scientists sort out and describe each species they discovered, the idea was fairly simple: each creature was given a Latin genus name and a Latin species name. The genus name was shared by a number of similar species and the species name was unique to just those who could, essentially, reproduce with one another to produce fertile off-spring. Read More

Rough Customers - Young Cooper’s Hawks Hanging Out

July 25, 2012

When most of us look out our respective windows at our backyard bird baths or feeders, we generally expect to see the usual assortment of local sparrows, finches, and wrens - birds that are, if not always the most colorful, generally more or less cute, and certainly not classifiable as “lethal.” Read More

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