What the birds see

Inspired by Patrick at the Hawk owl nest, I checked out my garden using Live Search Maps' Bird's Eye view. It's interesting looking at your property the way a bird would see it from the sky. Based on this picture I think I need to put some more berry bushes, especially along the right hand side of my property. This will provide both cover and food for the birds. I also need to add some more cover in the 'wilderness' area possibly with a few cedars, some evergreen shrubs etc.

On a side (paranoid) note – I noticed that one of the pictures had what looked like a person on the back lawn. Could that be me? Are ‘they spying on me? I’d love to see what the high res picture look like…… Is that a nude sunbather at the pool next door?? Just kidding!

Posting owl roost locations

I came across this post by John Trapp at Birds Etcetera where he describes a Michigan listserv post on the location of a Saw Whet Owl. I've asked John to share his thoughts on this practice as many of the comments on my hoo in taboo post as well as the poll post seem to indicate that this is not common practice amongst birders. I'd love to hear from folks that live in areas where locations of owls are readily revealed on list servs to see what their thoughts are. Hopefully John and others will respond.

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!


I & the bird #71

I & the bird #71 is now up and ready for your reading enjoyment!


Wordless Wednesday: Love doves

More than tail feathers

My first attempts at capturing birds in flight was pretty much a bust, unless you really like tail feathers! I've taken a few more stabs at it with limited success. Unfortunately my digital camera is a little slow to fire off, so most of the time I still catch either zip or a few tail feathers. But I've had some success especially with the ever present and playful Blue Jays. I'll keep trying to get a decent pic.


Tirelessly scanning skies for winged wonders

Jochen at Bell Tower birding tagged me to write a 6 word meme to describe my inner birder. I must admit trying to capture my birding essence in 6 words was TOUGH!

Here are the rules (copied from the original blogger that started this):

1. Write your own six word memoir
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4 .Tag five more blogs with links
5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

So there you go Jochen! 6 words that describe me as a birder! Now everyone, try it yourself!

Survey live: The hoo in taboo

The hoo in taboo survey is now live on my blog, so please pop in and cast your vote. Voting has increased with each survey and I am hoping to get another great turnout for this one.

For background on this poll please click here.

Hoping you're having a great Monday and that you had an awesome birding weekend. I was stuck in my basement spackling walls, which wasn't a lot of fun!