Trans Scend Survival

Trans: Latin prefix implying "across" or "Beyond", often used in gender nonconforming situations – Scend: Archaic word describing a strong "surge" or "wave", originating with 15th century english sailors – Survival: 15th century english compound word describing an existence only worth transcending.

Category: Birding (page 2 of 7)

Research Year Two: Three Photos

Male Common Yellowthroat Warbler

The field season has officially started in Northern NH!

Male Common Yellowthroat warbler (COYE):   This fellow is defending a small territory in a patch of open thicket.   These warblers rely on early succession forest- patches of substrate that haven’t  really grown in yet- to build cryptic, ground-level nests.  They develop complex systems to divert/confuse predators away from their nests.

 

Female Black-throated Blue Warbler (BTBW):  I was lucky to see this female.   She is paired with a male who defends a large mature forest territory.   They have quite a few BTBW neighbors, which makes for a lot of skirmishes among the males over land.  The females are often silent and move very fast…

Male Mourning Warbler (MOWA):  This is a rare bird here.   Even more amazing, it is defending a territory in our research site- and trying to chase out a male COYE while doing so.  The two species “share” resources, which means thy can’t stand each other.   🙂   Each time the male COYE sings near the MOWA, it gets berated and chased away- and vice versa.   It appears the COYE isn’t budging either, probably because it hasn’t had this domestic, neighborly problem before.

-Jess

Female Black-throated Blue Warbler

Male Mourning Warbler

Gathering point data using Compass 55 on Apple iOS

Keeping track of birds is tricky!

Attached is our team’s workflow with Compass 55.    From the Kml, we go into Google Earth Pro – ArcGIS Desktop (arcmap).   QGIS is sometimes used too.

 

Cheers,

-Jess

 

840 Watts of Solar Power!

Equipment used:

Inverter/PWM Controller:  http://a.co/fdl9YzI

2x 35ah Batteries: http://a.co/5JBIxTC

100w solar panel:  http://a.co/5JBIxTC

We need power!  While doing bird research in the wilds of northern NH, it became evident we needed electricity to power computers, big cameras, and phones/GPS units.

Below is a table of the system and our expected electricity needs:

System Solar 100w 35ah universal (x2)
Ah per day: 33.33333333 35 TOTAL Ah Reserve: 70
V 12 12 Parallel wiring: 12v
Wh in: 400 420 TOTAL Wh Reserve: 840
W 100
Cost $105.00 $64.00
ah/$ 2
Sun Hour / Multiplier 4 2
Need/Day Wh multiplier consump. in Wh = 259.36
Computer 100 2.5 250
iPhone 1.7 2 3.4
AAs 11.2 0.3 3.36
Camera 2.6 1 2.6

*The milk crate system below can charge a 100 watt MacBook Pro around 8-9 times from being completely empty.  

**Remember:  V*A=W,  W/V=A, and Watts over time is Wh.  

-Jess

+/- relates to size of standard prongs

Parallel maintains 12v but doubles Ah. (Series would go to 24v at 35ah)

 

Birding at Plumb Island!

While somewhat of a historical entry:

Below are some of the few photos I took while birding on may 5, 2018- GLOBAL BIG DAY!  Be sure to read about it here:  https://ebird.org/news/global-big-day-5-may-2018

Myself and my father contributed 64 species, including the below Northern waterthrush, Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Northern Parula, and Common Yellowthroat warbler.

-Jess

Signs of Thoughts of Possible Spring?

Spring is (possibly) coming people!  🙂

Scituate, MA – Osprey

Scituate, MA – Killdeer

Plymouth, NH – (FOY photo for me) Hermit Thrush

Scituate, MA – Brant

Plymouth, NH – Savannah Sparrow

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