The Core Team was among the 50 million souls inconvenienced by the (caps added by the news media) GREAT BLACKOUT OF 2003. This regrettable event brought to mind a virtue of bird watching I hadn’t previously considered. Birding is extremely low-tech.
All you really need to go bird watching are eyes and birds. If you want to get fancy, even the best scopes don’t need to be plugged in. A good field guide is also free of electricity demands. Blackout or not, you can bird to your heart’s content.
Of course, bird watching is more fun with a camera and a bit of gas in the car. I’d also love to try out some sophisticated birding software on a Pocket PC. Regardless, the point remains…maintaining a birding blog is high tech, but spotting the birds is not.