Welcome to the first feeder watch! Where birds get free food and you get pictures of them getting it.

Black-capped Chickadee with sunflower seed

The first featured feeder is one of the small, clear, plastic, suction-cupped-to-the-window types. It is located on my parents’ dining room picture window. My parents have long fed their feathered friends and lately my father has been paying much closer attention to what’s visiting the yard. This has led to the inclusion of Barred Owl and Sharp-shinned Hawk to the yard list that he doesn’t keep (get to it Dad!).

Tufted Titmouse on feeder

No owls or sharpies while I was home for my cousin’s wedding though (Congrats Laura and Nathan!). I just stood next to the window with my camera and snapped shots as Tufted Titmice and Black-capped Chickadees came in for their black-oil sunflower seeds. Dark-eyed Juncos fed on the spilled seeds and White-breasted Nuthatches teased me by almost flying to the feeder and then retreating. I guess they aren’t as bold as the chickadees and titmice.

Black-capped Chickadee on window feeder

I was hoping to get a great shot of a bird coming in with its wings fully extended but somehow couldn’t get one to come out without blur. The titmouse below was the best shot I could get before being told to move it or miss the wedding.

Tufted Titmouse coming in for a landing.

Some snobby birders might turn their nose up at mere feeder watching but I love it. How else could one really experience the bulgy eyes of a titmouse? Sure, I love long trips to varied environments but if I hadn’t seen birds coming to my folks’ feeders as a kid would I even bother?

Anyway, here’s one more shot for the road…

Black-capped Chickadee standing on lunch

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.