The Birds - 2012

Skybird - z5, Denver, ColoradoFebruary 17, 2012

Hi All,

I don't usually get many takers for this, but today is the first day of The Great Backyard Bird Count! To participate all you have to do is agree to watch for birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of today, Saturday, Sunday, and/or Monday. You can do it out of your window--or anywhere else you want to! Then you click on the Submit Your Checklists link on the above site and tell them what you saw, where! They really do make it easy, and it helps them track how well the birds in North America are doing from year to year. If you don't really know what you're looking at when you see birds, you can click on the Regional Bird List link and enter your zip code and it'll give you a list of the birds you're most likely to see in your area--which can be really helpful to narrow down the list if you're trying to figure out what something is, and if you don't have a Bird Book, you can go to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology search page to look up pics to figure out what you're looking at.

As of RIGHT NOW, 2,537 Checklists have already been submitted, 354 Species have been observed, and 172,637 Individual Birds have been counted this year! There's a running tally on the right side of the page.

I'm having a better Bird Day today than I have recently! So far I've seen two chickadees--which I rarely see at this house, two flickers, a dark-eyed, slate-colored junco--which I've had a real dearth of lately, male and female downy woodpeckers, and my usual plethora of house finches. Haven't found anywhere on the checklist for Squirrelus obnoxiousii, so I guess they don't count!

If anybody wants to look at some pretty bird pictures, here's a link to the Cornell Lab eNews newsletter I get. See if you can figure out what the pretty little bird is that can survive temperatures of -65 degrees! I couldn't! Even here, at temps MUCH warmer than that, I always wonder why tiny little Birdie Feet don't freeze!

Hope a couple of you will join me in The Count,

Skybird (There's no place on the checklist for "that" kind of a bird either!)

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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Hi Skybird!

I meant to post this too, but never got around to it, so thank you for reminding everyone!

I took the two little ones out today. This is the first year my daughter was old enough to go. However, my oldest boy chose to go snowboarding instead. Guess I can't blame him, LOL! Anyway, we got too late of a start, didn't get out till around 11 a.m., so there wasn't much activity.

Here's what we saw:
30 Canada Geese
10 Red Winged Blackbirds
2 Red Tailed Hawks
2 House Sparrows
1 Bald Eagle - way off in the distance, but easy to identify

Not the best year, considering all of the warm weather we've had, and the lack of snow cover.

My son looking for birds at the Rifle rest area park

So what did you guys see today?


    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 4:12PM
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treebarb Z5 Denver

I've been out of town, just got back Thursday night and nearly missed this with trying to catch up around here. I just did a quick count of my usual backyard suspects, house sparrows. My little flock of 30 is present and accounted for. I'm hoping to have a bit more time tomorrow to look for hawks 'cause I know they're around here!

Happy bird-watching!


    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 7:43PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

Well I was able to add a couple Eurasian collared doves and a robin to my list yesterday, but there were almost none today! All my feeders (6) are full and all I managed to score today was a couple flickers, ONE blackbird, and less than a dozen of my prolific house finches! I always find it interesting when one day you're swamped with birds--and the next day it's as if a Birdie Neutron Bomb dropped nearby! No explanation whatsoever! Guess the birds have a reason! ;-)

Hopin' for better luck tomorrow for all of us!

Anybody else taking a little time to jot down what they're seeing?


    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 10:34PM
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