Sunday, February 1, 2009

On polls, counts and competitions

Chickadee on ice-covered beech branch

First of all, I am pleased to announce that our power was restored this morning. Very happy about that. Today we had quite a thaw with daytime temps topping out at 49 degrees! But enough about the weather, let's talk numbers!

There's a new poll up over in the sidebar, and this one is birding-related. Check it out and provide your input!

The results of the last poll are as follows:

Poll Question: What element of HotH is your favorite (multiple responses were allowed):
the photos (6 - 75%)
quizzes (3 - 37%)
my nature experiences (2 - 25%)
live webcam (2 -25%)
birding info (1 - 12%)
Total participants: 8

I'm happy to see that "the photos" got the biggest response, since that is a very important part of this blog for me personally. I was surprised to see that the "live webcam" only got 2 votes, as I've heard positive comments about it from more than 2 people. Anyway, thanks to all of you who participated!

Speaking of numbers and participation, February is a big month for bird counts. Of course Project Feederwatch is still underway, and we've got the Great Backyard Bird Count coming up February 13-16. I also recently learned that the Northwest Nature Nut (in Portland, Oregon) is inviting folks to play along in a friendly game of bird count for the month of February with the Great Bird Count of February. The rules are simple:

1) You can count any species you can see from your yard. They can be flyovers or in your neighbor's yard, as long as you can see it from your yard.
2) You can count non-natives, introduced species.
3) They must be seen in the month of February.
4) You must see them, birding by ear doesn't count.
5) Each species is worth a point, but to keep it interesting, Owls will be worth 2 points.

I have posted my species list at the bottom of my sidebar, and I'll update it whenever a new species gets added. I especially like this type of count because I can count flyovers and birds that I can see off in the distance but who aren't really interested in my feeders.

I encourage all of my bird blog friends to participate in any and all of the counts I mentioned above, especially all of my fellow Ohio bird bloggers! If you would like to participate in the Northwest Nature Nuts February bird count, go over and give her a shout out so she knows your "playing." Mr. Titmouse here will keep an eye on you to make sure you're playing by the rules!


Kelly said...

...sounds exciting. I'll sign up!

NW Nature Nut said...

Thanks for sending more people over to play. The more the merrier. Glad you have power again. That must have been difficult to deal with!

Heather said...

Kelly: That's awesome. I knew you'd be up for it!

NWNN: You're more than welcome! The lack of power wasn't so bad (would have been MUCH worse if we didn't have the wood stove), but I was SOOOOO happy to take a nice hot shower today! ;)

Kelly said...

...I forgot to mention that I really liked your chickadee photo (they are my favorite).

Seth and Michelle said...

What a phenomenal shot of the Chickadee! I agree, we always love the photos.

Shellmo said...

That chickadee on the icy branch is a nice shot! I love your birdie web cam by the way (and voted for it.)

Heather said...

Thank you all for your nice comments about the chickadee photo.

Kallen305 said...

Love the chickadee photo! I will definately be signing up for it here in Massachusetts.

Heather said...

Kallen - I'm glad to hear you will be participating!