13664re: heated bird bath
- Feb 1, 2008Thanks to those who gave advice on heated bird baths.
I happened to get a heated dog dish yesterday in Swift Current (50w).
I put it out today, complete with a rock occupying about 1/2 the
volume, leaving room for about 2 L. of water. The temperature hasn't
been below -20 C today; so far the water has stayed ice free. No birds
interested yet, however.
Now, I need to learn how to keep my mice alive at -39. My last three
mice were happy at -30, but they didn't make it through Monday night
and our severest windchill. Of course, since then I've seen
Short-eared Owls every day, with no mice to tempt them.
Yesterday, there were five Snowy Owls sitting up hunting in a little
area south and west of Kyle, but I picked the one that was sitting too
close to a perched Great Horned Owl. I didn't see the GHOW until it
was too late to move to another owl. That darn Murphy.
It used to be that I could find Snowy Owls by watching the SNBUs;
wherever there was a flock of buntings, a Snowy Owl was somewhere
nearby. This year, however, I don't think there are enough Snowy Owls
to go around. Every Snowy Owl still has its flock of buntings, but
there are so many flocks that some have to make do without a falcon
I am seeing more Prairie Falcons as I look for owls, but they don't
linger long if I'm near an owl- probably a wise decision, remembering
the pictures of the Snowy that chased down and killed a Peregrine in
I have seen two Golden Eagles in the last two days. One looked like
a juvenile; I couldn't tell about the other one. Nest building has
started in earnest about this time of year at some of our earlier GOEA