Survey Results: How often do you bird with your partner?

Well the survey is closed and I'd like to thank everyone who cast a vote. I was really interested to see how many people were lucky enough to have their significant other go birding with them. I am fortunate that my wife supports my hobby, although she is not a fanatic like I am. One of my fondest birding memories was 2 weeks spent travelling with my wife (then girlfriend) throughout Zimbabwe literally soaking in all the wildlife that abounds in that country.

Anyway, here are the results of the survey:

How often do you bird with your partner?
Often: 4 (28%)
Once in a while: 3 (21%)
Never: 6 (42%)
I plead the fifth: 1 (7%)

The vote was very close with the person pleading the fifth breaking the deadlock. The partner birders beat out the non-partner birders by a vote of 7 to 6. For all you birders out there spending time admiring our feathered friends with your significant others ENJOY!


I & The Bird #65

Amy Hooper has done and excellent job with the latest edition of I & The Bird. For those of you who haven't checked it out it is an excellent place to check out all the different bird bloggers out on the net today.
Great job Amy!

Owl box update

Well I finally ran the wiring from the basement up to the living room and I have the owl cam fully operational. It is really cool to be able to watch the owl box from the comfort of my living room. Unfortunately I haven't seen any owl activity since I took the photo in November. It seems like the owl had been there for awhile as I have owl pellets and a couple of feathers in the owl box. I'm not sure what to make of the fact that the owl hasn't been around lately. Did he find a mate that was using another cavity for roosting? Was he killed by a predator or a car? Did he find a more suitable location? Did I disturb him and he decided to move on?

Based on my experiences with owls they are pretty resilient to human disturbance and I doubt that my very minimal activity around the box made him move on. I would love to hear what your thoughts are.

Based on my research not having owls during the 'off' season is not necessarily a bad thing as owls may only move in during the nesting season. I would love to hear from people who have active nesting boxes to see what their experience has been. In the meantime I just keep watching the owl box to see if I can spot an owl. The great thing is that the flashing seems to be working as I haven't seen any signs of squirrels in the box. At the very least I have some confidence that the flashing will also deter any raccoons from attacking the owlets. I hope you noticed the positive thinking kicking in!

I hope you had a great Christmas and you’re looking forward to the New Year celebration. On a side note PLEASE don’t drink and drive it is NOT worth it. We had a bad wreck on one of our major highways last night and we had to extricate 4 people. Be careful and stay safe!