February 15, 2008

Great Backyard Bird Count

The photo to the left, one of my all-time favorite bird photos [see full size here], was taken by Mike McDowell of the most excellent Mike's Birding & Digiscoping Blog, where there's a reminder that this weekend -- February 15 - 18, 2008 -- is the Great Backyard [or wherever you happen to be] Bird Count.

Anyone can participate! Here's how:

1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes during February 15–18, 2008. Count birds at as many places and on as many days as you like—just keep a separate list of counts for each day and/or location.

2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time, and write it down. (You can get regional bird checklists here.)

3. Enter your results through our web page
Get the bird book and the binocs, get outside and count them birds, people! [Horribly windy today below the mountain passes, but I'll be out and about, camera and notebook at the ready.]

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