Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Snow Squalls

You can see a couple of snow squalls move across the lake in the time-lapse video from yesterday. Click it now because it updates every morning and tomorrow this video will be replaced by today's time-lapse.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lake News

Nothing much to report. It's been cloudy and rainy at Sebec Lake. I'm working on new webcam software using the C# programming language and the Olympus developer SDK.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Moonrise over Sebec Lake, Maine

"Squirrel Proof" bird feeder

The squirrel is sniffing around the homemade bird feeder. We will see how squirrel proof it really is. I think he will dig under the pvc pipe to get in and and that case I my have to resort to replacing the wood base with something a bit more squirrel proof - like T60 aircraft aluminum. ...take that squirrel.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Another visitor: Northern Cardinal - Female

The brilliantly colored Northern Cardinal has the record for popularity as a state bird: in the United States, it holds that title in seven states. This common bird is a winter fixture at snow-covered bird feeders throughout the Northeast, but it only spread to New York and New England in the mid-20th century.


Medium-sized songbird.
Large crest on head.
Heavy, conical red bill.
Face surrounded by black.
Male entirely brilliant red.
Female grayish-tan with red tail and wings

Carolina Wren

The Carolina Wren is sensitive to cold weather, with the northern populations decreasing markedly after severe winters. The gradually increasing winter temperatures over the last century may have been responsible for the northward range expansion seen in the mid-1900s.
Unlike other wren species in its genus, only the male Carolina Wren sings the loud song. In other species, such as the Stripe-breasted Wren of Central America, both members of a pair sing together. The male and female sing different parts, and usually interweave their songs such that they sound like a single bird singing.
One captive male Carolina Wren sang nearly 3,000 times in a single day.
A pair bond may form between a male and a female at any time of the year, and the pair will stay together for life. Members of a pair stay together on their territory year-round, and forage and move around the territory together.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Lake temperature plot

This is the lake water (blue) and air temperature (red) plot for Sebec Lake, Maine from July through October. The water probe is at a depth of about 3 feet about 10 feet off shore. Water temperature is 50F now and going down. Won't be too long before ice-in.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

White-Breasted Nuthatch - Automated capture

This squirrel feeder does attract a number of birds. So, I put in a bird feed tube (homemade of course). We'll see how squirrel proof it is. see