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November 7, 2010 / Leslie

Weekend Birding

On weekends I like to grab my binoculars and camera, go out in my yard or for walk in the park and watch birds. I guess you could say I love birds.

Beginning next weekend and continuing until early April I’ll be participating in Project FeederWatch. It’s a survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. I’ll spend an hour or two each weekend counting the number and species of birds that stop at my backyard feeders. The data will be used by scientists to track bird populations.

Birds are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. They are also some of the most frustrating because they tend to move around a lot resulting in many discarded blurry photos. I’ll be sharing some of my more successful pictures here on the weekends. I usually put them on my garden/nature blog, but I know some of the visitors here like birds too. I’ll also be posting some bird related book reviews both fiction and non-fiction.

So, let me know, do you like birds too? Any other bird watchers?

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  1. Rebecca Rasmussen / Nov 7 2010 9:33 am

    I haven’t heard of Project FeederWatch — wow! How great. I am going to look this up! 🙂

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    • Leslie / Nov 7 2010 9:44 am

      I had fun doing it last year. You can choose any two consecutive days of the week to observe for as many or as few hours as you like.

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  2. bermudaonion / Nov 7 2010 10:46 am

    I love birds too – especially hummingbirds – but there’s a woodpecker around here I don’t like at all! It’s pecking on our house and doing lots of damage. We’ve put out shiny things, windchimes, etc, and nothing is scaring this bird away!

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    • Leslie / Nov 7 2010 10:59 am

      That’s not good. Woodpeckers eat insects so maybe he’s hungry. You could try putting out a suet or peanut feeder on a pole or tree away from the house to distract him.

      Windsocks, shiny things and plastic owls only scare them for a short while, until they realize it won’t eat them.

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  3. Suko / Nov 7 2010 1:21 pm

    That’s a lovely picture. I’m sure it’s very difficult to photograph birds!

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