Wednesday, February 14, 2007

mark your calendar, count some birds

the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is doing their annual bird count this weekend, February 16-19. go outside and look around, then go to their website and tell them what you saw. they'll take your word for it.

last year’s count brought in like 60,000 checklists and reported 7.5 million birds overall, 623 different species. one of the things revealed was the ongoing range expansion of introduced Eurasian Collared-Doves which are now living in my neighborhood too. entries are accepted until the end of the month and there are some prizes you can win like binoculars and, um, “cherry cobbler bird food.”

2 comments:

Oberon said...

.......fabulous.

eped said...

ok, here's my list for the weekend

A Belted Kingfisher, a Hairy woodpecker, a Northern Flicker, a Spotted Towhee, a Red-tailed Hawk, an American Goldfinch, one Black-capped Chickadee,
5 Canada Geese
3 Mallards
3 Gambel's Quail
10 Mourning Doves
11 Western Scrub-Jays
30 Pinion Jays
53 Black-billed Magpies
2 Crows
7 American Robins
235 European Starlings
9 Dark-eyed Juncos
3 House Finches
15 House Sparrows
3 Bald Eagles
3 American Kestrels
5 Eurasian Collared-Doves

anyone else do this?