Anybody want to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this afternoon? We’ll meet at the flagpole at 2:30 and do a quick loop around the Huyler House Pond to see what we can find. It should be a big year for cedar waxwings, who have been all over the island in great whistling flocks.
We usually participate in this, but thought it might be fun to have others along, so even if you’re not a “birder” come and learn! Island Environmental Manager Lori Sheridan Wilson sent us this link to further explain the count at this Audubon website:
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can now participate from anywhere in the world!
We’ve also seen a lot of ruby-crowned kinglets this winter, and there has been a flock of red knots feeding along the middle of the island.