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Monday, February 6, 2012


Do you know what a spuggie is? It's an English slang term for a bird. You learn these things when you have an English husband.

One of my Christmas gifts was a Wingscapes BirdCam 2.0, a motion-activated outdoor camera that can be set up near my birdfeeder to take close-up pictures of the birds without scaring them away or having to lurk behind the sliding glass door. My first try resulted in pictures that were out of focus, but a second try got me some that were more useable. I can't lay my hands on my Birds of Washington State book at the moment, so I'm not positive what they all are. I've looked them up on BirdWeb, the website for Seattle Audubon.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee: "Hey, there's food in here!"

Bowing his head to say Grace? I think he may have a seed between his toes.

Dark-eyed Junco "Hey, there's food round the back too!"

Red-Breasted Nuthatch (aka Ass-up-a-tree bird, because they cling to tree trunks with their heads down)

House Finch, I think

Some kind of sparrow? I'm not sure, it might be a goldfinch in its winter plumage

We've set up the next batch of photos with a higher resolution on the pictures. These were the best out of almost 200 photos. This camera will be most useful later in the spring, when my garden is once again a hive of hummingbird activity. I plan to set it up on a pole near the Monarda.

I also got a time-lapse camera for Christmas, which I'm planning to set up to get pictures of flowers opening. But that won't be for a while yet.


  1. That is soooo coool...what a great gift from hubby! I am excited to see some more activity and won't it be fun to see the flowers opening. - I have all of the birds that you show, at the Little House in Anancortes and I'm sure many of them at the City House in Vancouver WA. - You will have fun with the hummingbirds too! xo

  2. I've only seen the White Breasted Nuthatches here. The Red Breasted are lovely. At first, I thought the bird after your House Finch might have been a female House only the males have the red. However, after seeing the photo with the open wings, and the yellow stripe, I am thinking it might be a Pine Siskin. What do you think?

    1. I checked out the info about pine siskins on BirdWeb, and I think you're right!

  3. That's really cool! I've never heard the term Spuggies before.
    There have been so many birds out around here. I think the last one is a Pine Siskin too, they've been at the pond a lot lately.

    1. Thanks for seconding Jan's suggestion, I think you're both right!

  4. My grandmother used to call all sparrows Sputzies, and it wasn't until I lived in Germany that I understood. Sparrow in German is Spatzen...Americanized----Sputzie. check out this link--

  5. That camera is so cool! You will have so many awesome photo's this spring when all our feathered friends come back to visit. What a cute little red breasted nuthatch, I get the biggest kick out of those birds.

  6. Spuggies is new to me, too! Your time-release camera sounds exciting. I can't wait to see what results you get with it. Enjoyed these pictures very much.


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