Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Great Backyard Bird Count Continues

This is the second day of this year's Great Backyard Bird Count and the first day I had several birds to count. Yesterday was a disappointment, as only four birds visited the feeders. I was in luck this morning, though. It's not too late for you to join in the fun and do your own count.

Uh-oh. Seems we have another bird lover. Sorry, Eddy, you need to go back home so the birds will come around.

Now that the cat's gone, the birds arrive.

I fill the feeders with black sunflower seeds. I have tried the cheaper mixes in the past, but much of the seed was discarded by the picky clients. Not much of a money saver since most of the seed was left uneaten.

One of 6 cardinals that visited this morning. They typically travel in pairs, so we had 3 males and 3 females.

A tufted titmouse. They grab a seed, then hold it with their feet and peck it open with their beaks.

A sparrow visits.

Today's count: 6 cardinals, 1 chickadee, 1 tufted titmouse, 6 house finches, 3 juncos and 1 sparrow.

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