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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Project Feeder Watch

Its that time of year again, time to start counting the birds at your feeders for fame and fortune...or at least for science. Brought to you by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Audubon, Bird Studies Canada, and Nature Canada, Project Feeder Watch has helped us gain a better understanding of birds at feeders across the country, and gives everyone a chance to contribute meaningful observations towards creating this larger picture of how birds respond to our efforts to help and attract them. I started out the morning with just a Carolina Chickadee, Blue Jay, and two House Finches at the feeders. I'll watch the feeders off and on today and tomorrow, finally reporting the highest number of each species seen at one time. I'll do this every other week until April, reporting the numbers to the online database, and having a blast at the same time. Join Project Feeder Watch, and help us keep track of the birds that we all enjoy.


dguzman said...

This is my first year to do the feeder watch, and I'm really excited! Last weekend, though, I had NO birds at the feeders--it was cold and drizzly, and I guess everyone wanted to stay home. I'm hoping to get some good numbers this weekend. Any tips for a beginning birder doing a count for the first time?

birdchaser said...

Project Feeder Watch is pretty straight don't have to worry too much about how you do it, just watch as much as you can during your count period and have fun!

Anonymous said...

Feederwatching for the 5th year, it is fun keeping track of patterns and changes in the yard. Don't be discouraged by having to report no birds, they need that data too.
I find the heaviest traffic shortly after sunrise and then again about 3:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. Usually the hairy woodpecker is the first one in, the juncos are the last to pack it in at sundown.
I find almost as much attention on the birdbaths as on the food. It is quite dry here and they'll be in the water before I get back in the house from putting out fresh water.

Caroline in the Black Hills of South Dakota

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