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January 5, 2017 / Leslie

Happy National Bird Day

Greetings from my flock . . .

What is National Bird Day?

National Bird Day is on January 5 each year, as it’s scheduled to coincide with the end of the annual Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count has been going on for more than a decade. It lasts three weeks and is the longest running citizen science survey in the world that helps to monitor the health of our nation’s birds. Birders and the public go out and count as many birds as they can see during the count.

The reason National Bird Day falls on January 5 is that, for three weeks, the country is focused on native birds and wild populations. Once that period ends, we begin to focus on captive birds (who mainly consist of bird species that are native to other countries, but who are kept in captivity in the U.S.). January 5 is the new beginning for captive birds!

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  1. BermudaOnion / Jan 5 2017 7:52 pm

    Aw, how sweet!

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  2. cindy knoke / Jan 5 2017 10:55 pm

    Beauties!

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  3. Suko / Jan 5 2017 11:02 pm

    What darling birds!! 🙂

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  4. Louise / Jan 7 2017 8:56 am

    The budgies are obvious but what breeds of birds are the others?

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    • Leslie / Jan 7 2017 9:09 am

      Yes, I probably should have identified them! These are my own birds, all adopted from the bird shelter I volunteer at.

      Jentrie is a Senegal, and Duncan is a Meyers; they are both Poicephalus Parrots and native to Africa. Charlie is a Rosy-faced Lovebird, also native to Africa. Roly and Speckles are budgies, part of the parakeet species, and (as you know) native to Australia.

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  5. Sue / Jan 8 2017 12:14 am

    What a colorful bunch!

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  6. bettyl - NZ / Jan 8 2017 5:22 am

    I never knew there was a National Bird Day–the things I learn! These are just adorable birdies!

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  7. Vicki / Jan 8 2017 9:11 am

    Beautiful birds! We had 8 birds when my kids were at home. I’ve thought about getting another one, but with 2 cats I don’t know.

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