The other project that I thought would be a fun thing to do this winter (well really it’s fall/winter/early spring) was Project FeederWatch. It is managed jointly by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. It is “citizen science” in action!
I’ve had the feeders up for a while, but this winter I decided to add a heated bird bath, which definitely attracted the birds. It’s not something I thought about too much before, but just where do they get their water in winter?
The hanging feeders have niger seed, mixed seed, black oil sunflower and safflower (the cardinal’s favorite!); as well as suet. I also have a platform feeder that I put peanuts (and sometimes sunflower seeds) in for the squirrels and anyone else who can get in!
For FeederWatch you pick two consecutive days to monitor your feeder watch area and note the species seen, the weather, and the time you spent watching. It is quite easy to fit into your schedule since you set your own pace!
What I found is that I have basically the same crew visiting all winter, with a few ups and downs in numbers and the odd “different” species showing up. I also found out that I should not quit my day job to become a bird photographer!
Here are some action shots:
Then, suddenly, it was WINTER….
The Feederwatch season is nearly over for this winter, but if you like feeding the birds you should check it out for next winter!