Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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.
Large crest on head.
Heavy, conical red bill.
Face surrounded by black.
Male entirely brilliant red.
Female grayish-tan with red tail and wings
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.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
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.