The Great Backyard Bird Count 2008
Today we counted the birds in our back yard garden for the Great Backyard Bird Count, 2008.
We are getting better at counting and positioning ourselves for optimum viewing of the three areas with feeders. It was fairly warm and a comfy seat was found to have at hand the binoculars, two cameras, pad and pen. The feeders were filled, the birds were chirping loudly in the trees, lots of activity in the big walnut draped with dozens of vines, a favorite bird hang out. Wearing a charcoal hooded sweatshirt and black pants, so as to blend in with the surroundings, I was ready to begin the count.
It is amazing how much easier the count went when the weather is pleasant and you were only doing it for fifteen minutes. The forecast was for major rain later in the day, it was very cloudy and breezy but the birds were willing and so was I.
Our most numerous birds are the cardinals, they are also the easiest to count, the colors standing out against the grays and browns of the shrubs and trees.
It is also easy to count the males and females, their plumage is so different.
Here is the count from our backyard garden at 9:30 AM, for fifteen minutes, February 17, 2008.
1 Red Bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
4 White Throated Sparrow
1 Carolina Wren
5 American Goldfinch
7 House Finch
1 Eastern Towhee
2 Carolina Chickadee
8 Northern Cardinal
2 Tufted Titmouse
One of the most exciting things about this activity was seeing that the goldfinches are starting to ‘yellow up’. That means spring will be here soon. It can’t come soon enough, for it is the favorite of all seasons here at Faire Garden.
To view the results of the Big Garden Birdwatch in January 2008, click here