Friday, January 18, 2008

Upcoming Events

Edible Bird and Suet Feeders
Saturday, February 16th
10am- 12pm
Why pay for expensive bird feeders made out of seed? Learn how to make your own!

$5 Supply fee
Registration required. Call 359-7044 to register.
Space is limited


Lunar Ski/Walk
Saturday, February 23rd
Ski or Snowshoe through Tinker Nature Park by the light of the moon.
Chili and hot beverages will be served.
Registration required. Call 359-7044 to register.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bird Feeder Report

Since November, we have been keeping track of the birds that come to the feeders outside the nature center window. In November and December combined, we had the following species:
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Common Redpoll
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

A Red-bellied Woodpecker snacks on some suet.

Other interesting sightings include an Eastern Bluebird which perched on the feeder post in early November, and a juvenile Cooper's Hawk, which looms overhead in the trees waiting to grab one of the feeder birds. It is not unusual to see the Cooper's Hawk in pursuit of a mourning dove fly by the window.

We have our share of pesky squirrels as well.

Interested in keeping track of your feeder birds? Go to the Rochester Birding Association's webpage to download your own "feeder checklist" form! Also, a big thank you to The Bird House Garden and Nature store for donating the feeders.

A White-tailed Deer cleans up the leftovers.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Christmas Tree Recycling

Another year has come and gone, and at Tinker Nature Park we welcomed in the New Year with our annual Christmas tree recycling event. Hundreds of trees were dropped off and mulched. Not only does this provide our trails with a fresh layer of mulch in the Spring, but it keeps the trees out of landfills.

Into the chipper it goes!

Children watched in awe as their Christmas trees were ground up into tiny bits.

In addition to Christmas trees, canned goods were collected for the Rush-Henrietta Area Food Terminal. Thanks to everyone who donated! Because of your generous support, we were able to fill the town station wagon full of food.

A huge thank you to Baker's Tree and Landscape, who provided us with equipment and manpower for the event, and the Friends of Tinker Nature Park for all of their help. It would not have been a success without them!