5/16/2008

Funny friday: Monkey & tiger cubs

Who's in your nest box: Chickadee

One of the most common birds that will use nesting boxes is the Chickadees. From my research it appears that the Black Capped Chickadees is more likely to use a nesting box as opposed to the smaller Carolina Chickadee. I have both of these characters in my garden and I have been fortunate to attract a Black Capped to a nesting box I placed under some pretty large pines. Last year I had a Chickadee build a nest but a critter killed one of them. This year I put a homemade squirrel guard on the box entrance and that seems to have done the trick.

Generally they have 5-10 eggs and at last count my box had 9 eggs. I snapped this pic really quickly and I didn't bother checking to see if the count had gone above 9 - the way I see it these little guys are going to be VERY busy this spring. I have 2 kids and I couldn't imagine having to look after another 7 of them..... BTW, as you can see the eggs are pretty small, white with brown speckles.

The lady of the house was waiting eagerly to return to brooding so I quickly closed up the box and moved off.
Within a minute she was at the entrance and she popped right back in.

For detailed info about these amazingly cute bundles of joy check out Whatbird.com

5/15/2008

New release: I & the Bird 75









Congrats to Gallicissa on a VERY entertaining and well created I and the Bird 75. If you haven't checked it out please do so!

5/12/2008

Go to Africa NOW

For some reason I deleted a very cool site from my personal hard drive and I just managed to recover it. No you PC geeks, I'm not talking about my computer I'm talking about my personal computer - the one in my head. Anyway, I rebooted my brain and I remembered that there is a VERY cool site out there streaming live images from some of Africa's premier wildlife parks. I just returned from cyberspace and I watched Zebra drinking at Nkorho Pan. BTW, Americans say ZZzzzeeeeebra while South Africans say Zeb-ra.

I digress, according to the cam info:
"The cam is located at Nkoro Bush Lodge in the prestigious Sabi Sands Game Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park, in South Africa...The Pan is situated at the bottom of an open plain, about 250m from Nkoro Bush Lodge and is frequented by a number of resident animals, in particular is the resident herd of wildebeest and impala and a family of warthogs that can often been seen drinking and wallowing in the mud at the pan. The camera is located on top of a termite mound on the Eastern side of the pan and looks Westerly when viewing the pan."

Another bonus is that:
"The Sabi Sands is very productive from a game viewing perspective throughout the year with a peak viewing over the winter months from May through to November." It's Fall in South Africa so this a great time to visit this site.


They have several cams listed on the site but I couldn't get the Elephant's Plains and Time shift camera to load. The great thing is that the Nkorho Pan site is a live streaming camera, which boggles my mind. Knowing the location of the pan it must have taken some SERIOUS logistical planning and flawless execution to get this cam up and running with such great quality. By the way, the camera also has infra red capabilities and night is falling on the African savannah - roll video. Wow, I can hear Jackal calling on the video, but I can’t see them at the moment. Hopefully I’ll get lucky and see them.


Hey what are you still doing here go check it out!
http://www.africam.com/wildlife/index.php

BTW, raining and horrible in NJ today - hope you have better weather in your neck of the woods.