Well, the Great Backyard Bird Count ended yesterday, and it was another busy birding day for us! One of the highlights of the day: watching three crows run off a Northern Harrier at the edge of our field. When I checked the New York state tally, I discovered that (at the time) only 49 had been seen across the state. That was kind of nifty.
In the afternoon (as the temperature was dropping into the 30's, reminding us that it's still February LOL), Katydid filled the feeder by her window with black oil sunflower seeds, hiked off into the woods for a little nature walk, and when she came back, her feeder had been mobbed by finches. She, of course, grabbed the camera:
The goldfinches look a little bright to me for this time of year. (At least the male we saw on the clothesline did. We're not sure if the birds pictured here are female or male. Any guesses?) The other birds at the feeder are house finches. At one time, there were nine goldfinches at this feeder.
By the end of the weekend, my four year old was also getting into the act of bird counting. He was so excited he even interrupted his brother's nap (not a good idea) to tell me he'd seen three chickadees and a white-breasted nuthatch.
Counting this year was a lot of fun. We're back to Project Feederwatch now and looking forward to counting birds in Grandpa's backyard soon. We're also looking at e-bird, which we dropped the ball on last year. With e-bird you can enter bird counts for anywhere you happen to be, all year round. Just the thing for our little birder.