Anyway... moving on.... while reading and notebooking about one or two various song birds a week, we are also doing some real-life bird watching and record-keeping.
We are part of Project Feeder Watch!
Dark eyed junco
Project Feeder Watch is a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Participants spend a couple of days each week or two carefully counting and identifying the bird species seen in a particular observation area (most likely, your own backyard), and then report the results on the Cornell website. There is a small fee to participate that helps fund the program's research. After registering and paying the fee, participants receive a welcome packet, which includes a wall poster to help identify the birds you are most likely to see at your feeders.
Northern Cardinal Pair
We are only two weeks in, and are already having fun and learning more about the birds we see. The project began the second week in November and runs through early April, so it's not too late to join in if you are interested! You can visit the About Feeder Watch page for more information, or watch the video at the "Project Feeder Watch" link above.
As a side note, we learned about Project Feeder Watch while visiting Cornell's All About Birds page. We love, love, love this site for quick information on just about any bird you can think of. One of our favorite things to do is play the sound recordings to hear the songs and calls of different birds.
Even if you don't plan to become a part of Project Feeder Watch, I strongly encourage you to set up a feeder or two that you can easily see from inside, if you don't already. Ours are at the window near our dining table. The birds eventually become used to feeding so close to the house. All winter long last year we really enjoyed watching them come and go and interact with each other. So much so that we put up a hummingbird feeder in the same place for the summer, and already are looking forward to another winter with the birds!
Do you hang feeders? What birds do you see at your house?