Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A New Toy for Christmas

A big Thank You to my son Sean and his family for the amazing Christmas present. He sent us a BirdCam since I guess it is rather obvious that we're "into" birds. With no hummers or orioles around this time of year, I put it out to get pictures of my woodpeckers and cardinals. It takes amazing pictures (when it is not pointed into the sun)!!! By the time the hummers get back I intend to have a wifi SD card so we can download pictures and videos without moving the camera. Sooooo excited!

We're ready to escape the winter weather of Missouri and head off to Florida for next week's Spacecoast Birding and Wildlife Festival. This will be a new venue for us. We've been pretty well accepted at the other birding festivals we have done and hope this new adventure turns out as well as the others. At least it's Florida in January - MUCH better than Missouri in January :-)

We'll be at several new venues this year. We plan to try more birding and nature festivals as well as a few garden expos along with some art shows. Watch the "accepted" list; we'll add the venues as we are approved by them. If you are in the Lake of the Ozarks area, plan to attend our March 4 presentation on Hummingbirds at Lake Career and Technical Center in Camdenton, MO.

Hummingbird fact for today: Male hummingbirds are the tiniest warm-blooded animals on the planet. Females need to be a tiny bit bigger to be able to produce eggs, to afford to share their body heat with the eggs while incubating, and to be able to share their food when feeding nestlings.