Nesting Sparrows Journal

Hello all, Ive got some House Sparrows nesting in my yard, right next to my window. I know their just boring 'ol sparrows, but their still fasinating to study. Anyway, I plan on making a journal of sorts for their nest and such. I hope to be able to update it every other day or so. If you have any questions or comments please ask! I will get a photo as soon As I can. I will keep this up to date as best I can. Thanks! Anyway... April 1st-5th: Sparrows in and out, they seem to like it. April 6th: Sparrows begin filling nest box with straw. April 7-13th: Sparrow stuffing box with straw any hay. Constantly in the yard. April 14th: Frequently in and out of nest box, almost always one bird inside at all times April 15th: Lining of the nest! A number of feathers have been added to the now bowl shaped interior. Male and female always close by. April 16th - 20th: More nest lining, though they seem to be not as active as they were when they were filling the nest box with straw. April 21st: The sparrows have found a liking for plastic packaging, and have added a fair bit to the box. April 22nd: Their plastic taste continues with the addition of a plastic bag. Its getting really cramped inside, though there is a nice bowl shape inside now. April 23rd-26th: Finished lining, the sparrows seem to be spending their down time in a nearby tree, soaking up the sun.

Posted by I_am_Canadian 9 years ago


Ultrasonic distance measure

Hi eveyone, I'm an assistant cameraman in film and tv and sometimes I've hired in a  professional distance measure device to help with really tricky shots. Trouble is, to buy one costs an arm and a leg, I was just wondering if anyone here had come up with an affordable version. The device sits on top of the camera and sends out ultrasonic pulses to where ever it's pointing and displays the distance in feet and inches on a LED display, that constantly updates. That's all it needs to do. Should have a range of 2' to 15' and be +/- 1" accuracy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Fat Sparrow 6 years ago


Zee-bloomin'-ro!

We are here ! It's 10:45 local time, sunny, we're fed, I've seen two new birds already (a chipping sparrow, Spizella passerina, and a Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottus), and we've just realised that we're less than 100 yards* from the nearest BART station. The plan for the rest of the day is to trundle into the city to find our apartment, then I hear there's an interesting place to visit over on 2nd Street... This is already shaping up to being a good experience. UPDATE: Rather than clog up the forums with this stuff, I'm going to blog and tweet it. *See, I'm talking American already!

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


Feed The Birds Day

"Feed the Birds Day" is, oddly, two days - the weekend of 25th and 26th October 2008.All around the UK, RSPB volunteers will be holding events where the public can learn what to feed garden and wild birds, how to do it properly, and why it is important.You, too, no matter where you are reading this, should be doing your part for your local birdlife, since bird species around the planet are plunging in numbers at a frankly horrifying rate.Follow one of the existing projects, create your own bird-feeding Instructable, or just feed the birds, but every contribution will help.Did you know that a typical nest full of sparrow-sized birds will need anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 feeds of insects to make it as far as fledging?RSPB Feed the Birds DayWhat, how and when to feed

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Top 10 Lightsaber Mash Ups

"The Star Wars kid has gotten a lot of shite over the years, mainly because he's not a professional. He simply didn't have the training necessary to pull off that fight sequence. On the other hand, there are lots of professionals who do have the training and simply lack the means to wield it. I'm talking about people like Aragorn, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Westley. If somehow you could only put a lightsaber in these fearsome warriors hands...Ugh, blogging. What am I even talking about? Let's just be ourselves, you guys. I found a bunch of clips on YouTube where people took fight sequences from other movies and overlaid lightsabers on top of them using magic, and they are hilarious, and you're gonna love it."Link

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago