Friday, February 15 began the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs through Monday, February 18. It is an annual citizen science project from Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that uses bird sightings to assist in bird distribution studies and conservation. You watch for birds, keep track of what you saw, enter data onto the website, and revel in the fact that you’ve done something fun and important at the same time. Patrick and I have done this for several years now, and – despite my having been sick all week – he was happy that today I decided to spend a half hour with him watching birds in our backyard (it didn’t happen yesterday, the first day of the count).
So, what did we see today between 1:50-2:20pm, partly cloudy with some blue sky and sunshine peeking through and a little rain?
hummingbird sp. – 1 (likely an Anna’s Hummingbird, but we could not be certain)
Steller’s Jay – 2
American Crow- 5
Black-capped Chickadee – 8
Spotted Towhee – 1
Savannah Sparrow – 1
Song Sparrow – 6
Dark-eyed Junco – 12
I was hoping for a Varied Thrush, as there were a few in my yard yesterday, but not today.
And we’ll continue tomorrow!