For the last couple of years, we have participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count. It is fun, easy, and educational. It also helps the birds, by documenting information for scientists, about the bird populations and where they are being seen. We almost always end up seeing or identifying a new bird each year. Visit the website to print a checklist for your area. You can visit the kids area, for educational games and printable coloring pages.
You can also win prizes just for participating!
We have just started our count, but here are a few of the birds we commonly see at our feeders.
White breasted Nut Hatch. Nutch hatches are really fun birds to watch. They can run up and down the trunks of trees. They are also really noisy. :) We always see a few of these guys around, often running up the oak tree behind the house.
Sometimes we have Purple finch.
We usually have a Red Bellied woodpecker visit our feeder through out the winter. Behind him there is a dark-eyed Junco. They are another really common bird here during the winter.
So far today we have spotted Carolina chickadees, nuthatch, titmice and crows. i have a pair of Pilated woodpeckers that nest behind our house and am hoping they'll make an appearance this weekend. It is always fun to see the variety of birds that visit the feeders each year, for the kids to be able to identify them and occasionally see something new.