Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Wiring the owl box
I just put it up and I doubt any self-respecting screech owl will move in.
Not in an owl box 40 feet from a house with a barking dog.
It's not like I had a lot of choices -- the power cord is only 60 feet long.
I attached the cam in the upper left corner of the box.
If anything uses it, I suspect it'll be a giant ninja attack squirrel.
So my challenge, besides getting up into the tree and hanging the thing, was protecting it.
I decided to shield the cam with quarter inch wire mesh, with a hole large enough for the camera's unobstructed view.
Unfortunately, a hole big enough for the camera is also big enough for a squirrel's head.
I asked the redhead to standby while I mounted it in the tree.
It was a bear getting it up there.
I strapped it on with bungie cords before bolting it in place.
"You're too old to be climbing trees", she remarked.
"You're right", I replied, "but try to you break my fall, okay?
"Hey, I'm not ready to be sitting in front of a TV tray with a comforter on my lap straining soup with my mustache."
"That may be", she said, "but don't expect me to break your fall."