The cooper's hawk has made several visits to the feeders this fall. We saw her (or him) run one dove into the window before feeding on it.
We were able to purchase two game cameras with a grant. We now have one camera set on the hanging feeders and one on the ground feeders. We have been taking pictures most of the fall. The problem has been that we were getting 3000 pictures every 5-6 days. We now have the cameras set to take a picture every 5 minutes so we can analyze the pictures to see what birds are using the feeders and when. Biology students will analyze the data during thrid quarter to determine when we are most likely to see birds at the feeders by species. We will post what we found out!
Students will begin out intensive bird work second semester. The game cameras have given us the opportunity to collect data while we are doing other things and analyze the data second semester.
If anyone has any ideas on other questions we can answer using the camera data, please let us know!