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Friday, January 23, 2009

Bird Surveys and Song Sparrow

......................The Surveys...

The most popular bird survey from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is
Project Feeder Watch.
Weekly online bird count from November to April with instructions on how to count.
Contact Project Feeder Watch for instructions and Tally Sheets which will be mailed(postal)to you for submission online weekly.
Your past personal surveys can be obtained online.

Also a popular bird survey is from the Cornell Lab of Ornitholgy which is the
Great Backyard Bird Count.
Four days in February (13,14,15,16) with the same instructions on how to count.
Go on line and type in your zip code for a Printable Tally Sheet to submit online when finished.
Your past personal surveys can be obtained online.

Find some surveys too time consuming ?
Try The Great Backyard Bird Count... it's too easy to pass up.

Another survey from the The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds or
They are celebrating their 30th anniversary this weekend !
January (24,25) watch the birds in your garden for an hour and
record the maximum number of each species you see at one time.
Click on link for more details.

At GBBC you can get results for your town or nearby towns not just the state.
As a beginner bird watcher two years ago, I needed to know what birds could be expected at my backdoor. Seeing what was reported nearby was very helpful.
Last year I was the only participant for my zip code.
Try this Link to see what I mean.
Below is what it looks like.

Have to show you this little cutie who I finally captured today.
Want to hear him ?
Sound from Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Song Sparrow

Bird watching has been a little bit of a disappointment this seems I attracted large numbers of starlings who are intimidating the woodpeckers and other favorite birds. Still working on deterring them. I guess you can call me obsessed !
On a positive note...we do have some frequent visitors like this Warbler. I've shown him before...don't you just want to squeeze this little guy?
Too cute !


  1. They are so cute! I've not kept a count/journal/life list of birds. I regret not having kept the info. We have so many beautiful birds here.


    PS Got the mail today! Wonderful surprise -- sent you an email. Thanks!

  2. I'm in awe of your knowledge and stunning photos!

  3. That warbler looks so very delicate. I just want to scoop him up and keep him safe.

    Wes has been seeing Green Jays lately. We're not supposed to have them this far north (of Mexico) but they are definitely here. My tele-converter lens should arrive in a week or so. I'm hoping to start getting some bird shots myself. The green jay will be one of my top priorities.

  4. Great photos, Patsi! I'm going to consider the survey. I find a couple of the sparrows hard to get an exact I.D...even using my guide books.

  5. I've never seen a warbler, that I know of, and he's as cute as can be!! Your song sparrow is something we don't see here, either. So... thanks!! :-)

  6. Cameron,
    You could always do the GBBC. Then you'll have a record you can retrieve at anytime.
    You're welcome and congrats on your new job.
    Can't imagine getting paid to do something I love. Hope you keep a link to the publications on your blog.
    Thanks, I am getting lucky with my bird pics.
    Did you say "green jays"? Never seen any.
    Can't wait !!!
    I have a tele-converter lens for another camera I own and it takes great shots of birds...but it's not a DSLR so there's lag time. If this is sorta what you have you just have to spend a little more time taking pictures to get what you want. You'll have fun !!!
    I too had problems using books and even some web sites because birds will look different if the light and angles aren't the same.
    The GBBC will tell you what to expect in your town,
    and you can also look herefor pictures. Hope this helps.
    Isn't it amazing how many different kinds of birds there are? Watching backyard birds helps get me through the winter months. :)

  7. Yes,that little warbler is a cutie;) I haven't seen one around here yet. I see (and watch) birds daily...although I haven't written anything down. I am going to participate in the Bird Count, but to write numbers every day and what it was that I saw I probably wouldn't keep up with, knowing me;( I'd rather sit and look out and enjoy their beauty!

    I do love Cornell's Ornithology site. I've been there several times and always have found it very interesting & informative.

  8. This is really interesting. We have similar projects. The results are always exciting.
    Beautiful photos, Patsi!


  9. Jan,
    I agree Cornell's site in very informative.
    I think I know what you mean regarding how much time you spend counting birds or even garden do it for the enjoyment and fun, it's not an occupation.
    Glad you found it interesting. I guess we're all pretty much alike. Birds are part of gardening,you're always going to see and hear them. That's a good thing !

  10. Your warbler is sure a cutie. I had a song sparrow last winter. In the spring he rewarded me with the most wonderful songs. What a voice on such a little bird! This year I'm not feeding millet and not getting hardly any sparrows.

  11. Great close ups. It's pretty fun to participate in the bird count. I am actually keeping a journal this year to have a record of migration habits. If I can stick to it all year.

  12. Hi Patsi, thank you for stopping by & leaving a comment. Your pics are gorgeous! I'm getting pretty busy with my classes, but I will bookmark your page & visit again. Thanks & have a great week!

  13. Marnie,
    I love the chatter of all the birds !
    Having an off year here also with some birds.
    You're a better person than I...can't do that much work. I guess I'm mostly in it for the entertainment.
    Hope you have a chance to stop back.
    Haven't been too busy blogging lately...not much going on.

  14. Yes, warbler is sooo cute, and not one I've seen IRL. (I want to hug him and squeeze him and call him George!) I'm participating in the Backyard Bird Count this year for the first time. I take it you are, then, the sole reporter for Somers Point?! :)

  15. Monica,
    You cracked me up !!
    I'm still laughing !!
    George ???
    Yes, last year I was the only one.
    There are reports from other people in prior years.

  16. I love yellow-rumped warblers. Great picture, it captures his uber-cuteness to a T. :) We have lots of them here, they love wax myrtle berries.


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