Birding Challenge - my first official act

Oh, looky looky!

It's great what sort of things you can get up to when you're in the same room as the people who sign the cheques*!

Actually, to be honest, this was Noah's idea, but he wanted somebody that cared about the subject to do the donkey work.

So, announcing my first actual official Instructables Challenge!

Autumn is the bird-spotters’ peak season, and the time that garden birders prepare their garden for the next seasons’ bird activity, so to launch our new Birding Channel, we’ve put together some awesome prizes to reward your birding-related projects, be they equipment you make or modify, projects for the back-garden birder, or you’re passing on the essential skills and insider tips of birding. It would also be interesting to see what software tools or apps you could create to use in the field.

As a guide, I'm after something a little bit beyond a bird feeder.  Feel free to enter those, but I'd like folk to stretch themselves a bit.

For instance, I am, personally, very tone deaf (and I know a few older birders that are losing their hearing altogether) - can you create an app that would help me identify birds by their calls?

Or is there something cool that you've done to your birding kit, and other birders try and copy?

Or maybe you have a particular way of ensuring great photographs of birds in the open?

There are hundreds of dollars' worth of birding equipment at stake here.

Oh, and I'd appreciate those bloggers and tweeters out there to highlight the challenge as well - the more entries we get, the bigger the prizes get.

(Look how excited I got - I used bigger font all the way through!)

*Ha, that upset this American spell-checker!

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Moem5 years ago
Well, it sounds like it's not going to be much use entering a bird feeder. I'm not going to bother.
Oh well, I'm not a birder anyway. I did not even know bird could be a verb.
Goodhart Moem5 years ago
Make it one that not only attracks a wide range, but takes pictures of them, and thwarts squirrels too :-) That might get his attention.
Hey.... squirrels get hungry too.
Kiteman (author)  canucksgirl5 years ago
It depends where you are - in the UK, grey squirrels are an invasive species, classed as vermin, displacing our native red species.

Interesting. Are they fairly big compared to the red squirrels there? Over here, in the north-east anyways it is the red squirrel that is over abundant. Grey squirrels are eaten by hunters, but only during hunting (small game) season. Reds, in NY I believe, can be hunted year round but are generally scrawny and not very meaty.l
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
They are slightly bigger, but they aren't attacking them, just out-surviving them. Greys can eat a wider range of foods, for a greater portion of the year, so are simply doing better than the reds.

There is some talk of an infection being spread by the greys to the reds, but I think that's just speculation.
I believe both eat nuts and berries mostly maybe even corn, etc, so yes they are pretty much vegetarians. I asked about size in order to determine if they were like our reds and greys. In many parks, grey squirrels become so accustomed to people that they walk right up to you to beg for food :-)
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
Greys are bold like that in the UK as well, and will often walk right up and take peanuts from your hands - another survival advantage, like wild birds coming in to garden feeders in the winter.

(See how I neatly got the discussion back to the challenge there? Do you think anybody noticed?)
Oh sorry, did not mean to derail your yes, I have been thinking about this.....and have no skills to speak of in the area. Nothing I have ever done but "come upon them" while riding, driving, or walking
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
Hehe, not really an issue, but have you not even an idea for a species-specific bird-box?
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