Monday, February 20, 2017
Most years, I'm on the lookout for red-winged blackbirds--scanning the roadsides where the habitat is right. This year, I hadn't even begun that spring tradition. While observing and counting birds in our backyard for the Great Backyard Bird Count, I was surprised to see not only one, but soon two male redwings show up the fourth and final day of the count! :)
Somehow I remembered the Great Backyard Bird Count was over the Presidents' Day weekend. I compiled my lists each day, and I even managed to take a few pictures.
Comparing past years, it seems that I normally counted between 1 and 4 goldfinch in our yard (at least during the window that I was counting); this year, I had a difficult time counting them all! I settled on 28, but there could easily have been more. I'm not saying that my two acres is enough to support all of the birds that come for the seed I put out, but, I am happy to see the numbers going up.
In addition to the goldfinches, there were several more blue jays...and a grand total of 39 mourning doves!!!