Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Great Fun Doing the Backyard Bird Count

I've been having a wonderful practice day with the annual Great Backyard Bird Count coming up.  The first bird I saw was a Cooper's Hawk landing on the black willow tree in front of the front porch.  I have a bird food buffet set up on the porch, so I know he watches over it now and then.  Diving into the bushes beside it hoping for one of the ground feeding birds.  So far, I haven't seen him get anything.

© 2011 Donna L. Watkins - Juvenile Cooper's Hawk in Black Willow Tree
First Bird on the Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

I've watched and counted as I have done my kitchen work and things around the house and just settled down to work at 2 PM, so I've been able to see 15 species today.  The highest count species was the Pine Siskins at 40 at one time.  I will count for all the days of the bird count, but you can do it for only 15 min. one day only and still be part of it.

The process is very simple.  You choose a time and count as many birds as you can during that time, taking the largest number of any species seen at the same time.  You don't add them up over the period of time you're watching. Get the Easy As 1, 2, 3 Details Here.

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