Sunday, March 18, 2007

Reality TV Meets Nerd Country

Jessica and Nick, and Ozzie and Sharon, eat your hearts out. Because there's a new Reality TV star coming from Nerd Country, and she's a bona-fide hoot.

A hoot owl, that is. Eastern Screech, to be precise, and thanks to some friends of ours this wild owl is the star of her own Internet reality show.



I blogged a few months ago about an "Owl Prowl" led by our Aunt Sharon out here at the ranch. An attending couple named Pat (both the husband and the wife are named Pat, deal with it!) really took a liking to the whole concept, and Pat (not Pat the dental hygienist, but Pat the engineer) in the finest Bubba Tech tradition has now put up his own owl box complete with infrared and visual cameras. And because even that wasn't awesome enough, he took it to the next level by connecting those cameras to the Internet via a SlingBox, so they can check on their avian buddies from any computer in the world.

Now that's kickin' it Nerd Country style!

All I can say is, the project has really laid an egg. In fact, if all goes well it's gonna lay a bunch of eggs! Miss Cleo (that's the owl) has laid her first official egg in what The Pats hope will be a clutch of 3-5. It's pretty amazing to see how far they've run with this idea and it cracks me up that this owl now has a web cam and I don't!

Anyway, head on over to PatnPat's place for more on this cool story.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

ok, I have to tell my great owl story. I came home late one night with John following about 3 minutes behind me. When John got home, he asked what that truck was doing in our yard. I didn't see the truck and had no clue what he was talking about. Later that night, someone came and knocked at our door. It was a neighbor explaining why his wife had driven through our yard. Apparently, as she was driving in front of the house with her windows down, an owl flew into her car, whacked her on the side of the head, became tangled in her hair and died! She was, understandably, "freaked out" and the guy brought the owl over for us to see. The wing span was incredible! What caused this owl to fly into the open window is beyond my understanding, but it goes to show anything can happen living out in the country. The lady was Ok but very sore.
Diane (Landon's Siti)

PatH said...

Jeff:

Lots of updates at our Owl Blog site. Some really really bad news.

But, now some better news. Thanks for posting the link.

Check it out: http://home.austin.rr.com/ironjungle/MascotBlog07.html

Pat

Jeff Hebert said...

Gosh Pat, I'm sorry to hear about Cleo, that's a real shame. I hope the eggs turn out all right somehow, we'll certainly hope for the best. Thanks for updating this post, it's much appreciated.

PatH said...

Jeff:

Thanks.

The Owl Cam is still exciting now that we have a new pair in the box.

Technology.... ain't it grand!

Check it out: http://home.austin.rr.com/ironjungle/MascotBlog07.html

Pat