In the Garden · Ponderings/Life

Birds at the Feeders

This weekend (February 17-20) is The Great Backyard Bird Count.  From their website —

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event.

We have 6 bird feeders in the backyard and lots of trees.  It’s always been fun watching the squirrels and birds that visit each day.  I enjoy taking pictures of the birds and many of the photos are posted on the Photo Blog.

This is my second year to participate.  I started early yesterday morning and counted two other times today.  It’s very busy in the early morning at the feeders.  The tiny birds fit around so quickly that counting was sometimes a bit of a challenge.  The instructions ask that you tally the highest number of each bird species seen together at one time.  Looking at all three lists, here are the feathered friends that breakfasted at our feeders.

  • Blue Jays
  • Northern Cardinals
  • American Robins
  • American Goldfinches
  • House Finches
  • Mourning Doves
  • Dark-eyed Juncos
  • a Tufted Titmouse
  • a House Sparrow
  • a European Starling
  • Downy Woodpeckers
  • a Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
The woodpeckers were a real treat.  We don’t usually see them every day and didn’t expect to see all three on the same day.

This was such fun.  I had to consult the bird book a couple of time to make sure I identified the birds correctly.  Just for fun, I’m thinking I’ll do an “unofficial” count for the next few mornings.  Just to see how consistently my little friends visit the feeders.

Are you a bird watcher?  There’s still one day to participate.  If you’re interested, all the information is available on the GBBC website.  You might also enjoy checking out the tallies for your area.