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Hopefully everyone had a chance to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. For the most part, we had some good weather, and things definitely look like they are moving toward spring: plants are greening up and birds are on the move. On the final day the Cornell Lab of Ornithology reported receiving nearly 250,000 checklists and more than 85,000 photos- with more coming in. If you weren't able to take part, learn more about the GBBC for next year, or click on the following link to learn more about Project Feeder Watch- another citizen scientist opportunity!
BIRD OF THE MONTH
Ruby-crowned kinglets are birds of wooded areas, often found high in spruce or mixed evergreen forests, busily gleaning insects and spiders. Although present here year round, we are much more likely to see them at feeders in winter. Frequently solitary, they will also forage in mixed groups with chickadees and warblers. These are tiny (4.25”), quick birds who flick their wings near-constantly, with a notably small bill and tail. Their olive-buff coloration may bring to mind a goldfinch, but proportions, faint pale eye-ring, black bar at base of secondaries, and behavior, all aid in identification. The showy red crest on the male, for which they are named, is not always displayed. Their surprisingly loud, bubbling song will alert you to their presence, even in dense cover. Offering foods like suet, bark butter, peanut chips, and mealworms, as well as ensuring fresh, flowing water will give you the best opportunity to see these birds up close.
IN CASE YOU MISSED THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT..
Click the link above or read on for more information.
The program allows birders of all skill levels and backgrounds the chance to track birds that visit their backyards. The information further contributes to advancing the understanding and protection of wild birds. Operated by The Cornell Lab and Birds Canada, Wild Birds Unlimited has officially sponsored PFW and the associated BirdSpotter Photo Contest since 2016.
Project FeederWatch and other citizen science programs benefit societies, municipalities and local communities as a whole. The results of the research or observations gained through citizen science projects have been used to inform local policies, enhance formal and informal education initiatives, conserve natural resources and support environmental sustainability.
Participating in citizen science projects like PFW helps researchers gain access to thousands of participant’s bird and bird behavior sightings that would have otherwise been too restrictive to collect. It helps scientists study timely data on bird population, migration, behaviors and more. Citizen science opportunities like Project Feeder Watch helps us to save song birds.
New This Season!-
The Cornell Lab is excited to have the Project FeederWatch App available to the public. This app makes it easier than ever to sign up, report sightings and get involved – no more paper tally sheet or transferring counts to the website! Find out more about the app here: Project FeederWatch App
Not certain about a bird's identity?-
Click the link above, or here for the Merlin Bird ID app -a great way to identify every bird you see- free, instant bird ID help for the birds of North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.