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October 24, 2014

Flying Squirrel Visits the Feeders

This nocturnal squirrel is an omnivore, which means they eat a variety of foods including seeds, nuts, fungi, fruit, and insects. They will also eat meat and eggs if available. This could either be a Northern or a Southern Flying Squirrel. Generally the Northern are north of the Mohawk River, but there is some overlap. The Southern is more grey and the Northern more brown, however it is impossible to tell what color this one is in the poor light. They only weigh around 2 ounces, making them New York's smallest squirrel. 

October 23, 2014

Huge Red-winged Blackbird Flock Visits Pond

Populations in Canada and north U.S. migrate to southern States during the fall. Most populations do not begin migrating until October, but some (e.g., from west Canada) begin moving in August and September. They will generally migrate in flocks during the day. The males migrate before the females in the spring and after the females in the fall. The majority of this particular flock look to be male. 

October 23, 2014

Refilling the Feeders

Topping up the Cornell Lab Feeders is a daily job, and certainly not a bad one when you get to see the wonderful birds (and squirrels) feasting on the food you have provided. This clip shows the refilling of the WBU Tidy Cylinder Feeder with a Deluxe Fare Seed Cylinder As you can see the Red-winged Blackbirds appreciated the new seed. 

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