Monday, December 5, 2011

Project FeederWatch at our House

Project FeederWatch is a citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. You watch birds at your feeders two days a week (after you sign up) and submit all of your data to scientists. It helps them learn about bird population in the winter. It's easy, and it's really fun. It started November 12, but you can sign up any time. It runs to April 6. Here are some of the birds we've seen at our feeders so far:

House  Finch.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. (Great camouflage!)

Northern Cardinal. This one came right after the unexpected snow(?!) in November.

Carolina Chickadees are the most common bird at our feeders.

Downy Woodpeckers (this one's a female) are also pretty common in our yard.

Eastern Bluebird. These were perched on the telephone wire in front of our house. They like to perch on wires and watch for insects on the ground. They'll swoop down to grab the insects, and then they'll fly back up to the wire.

Dark-eyed (or Slate-colored) Junco. These are pretty common at our feeders as well. We often see big flocks of them hopping around by our feeders.

Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker. Also called Yellow Hammer. These are really interesting woodpeckers because they often look for food on the ground as well as in trees. They are the state bird of Alabama.

That's pretty much all the newer photos I have of our common feeder birds. Hopefully we'll get to go birding more once we join the Tennessee Ornithological Society. We live close to Memphis, so it's kind of suburban here. But there are a surprising amount of birds!

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