Friday, February 4, 2011

Great Backyard Bird Count

We interrupt our regularly sceduled programming to remind you...

that the Great Backyard Bird Count is coming soon
- February 18-21 to be exact.

Participation in the bird count is easy:

Step 1.  Watch birds for 15 minutes.   (You can do this at home with your jammies on - it's that simple.)
Step 2.  Write down which birds and how many of each bird you see.
Step 3.  Enter your data on the GBBC website.
Step 4.  Repeat.  This part is optional.

Printable instructions from the GBBC website are here.

You can read all about my Great Backyard Bird Adventures too.  Gee.. I think this will be our third year participating.  Right?

Also, I discovered this great bird book:  it is Lois Ehlert's Feather's for Lunch.

Feather's for Lunch is for toddler to age 8 group. 

It is about a cat who is looking for lunch.  Don't worry, you never really get the feeling that any of the birds are in danger. During his quest for lunch he encounters 12 of the most familiar backyard birds of North America:  Northern Cardinal, Northern Oriole, Red-winged blackbird, Blue Jay, American Robin, Morning Dove, Ruby-throated Humingbird, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow, House Wren, Northern Flicker and Red-headed Woodpecker.  The illustrations are gorgeous as the illustrator hits each and ever major identification point on each bird she depicts.  Bonus: it is available in Spanish as well.  {{wink, wink - this is for you Mrs. Bird.}}.

Also, we spend a fair amount of time chasing away the squirrels.  Thus, I thought I would give them equal status with their own book by the same author. 

I hope you plan to participate in the
Great Backyard Bird Count this year.
It's super easy and super fun!

Great Backyard Bird Count


Mrs. Bird said...

Every year I say I'm going to do this, HOPEFULLY I do this year :)

Thanks for the comment on the giveaway post! You're too kind :))

SusieQ said...

gee.. I would count the squirrels.. we have lots!

I don't know if they are going north or south, but we have had 18 Canadian geese here for about 2 weeks that we surmised were stopping on their journey.. They are VERY demanding about food.. Other birds don't spend a lot of time here except when it snows and I feed them well!!