Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Backyard birds and Cornell's Project Feedercount

My Mosaics are made of my backyard feeder birds. I love birdwatching and I have landscaped my yard for the birds and wildlife.  This is my entry for Outdoor Wednesday to see more go and visit Susan at Outdoor Wednesday at A Southernday dreamer



This will be my second year participating in Project Feederwatch. It is a winterlong survey of birds that visit my yard and feeders. Project Feederwatch is operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It runs from November thru April, last year I tried to count every weekend I was home. You have to count two consecutive days. I would also try to count for a half an hour to an hour. I liked counting early in the
morning or later in the day. That is when I usually have more birds at my feeders. I have my feeders positioned on my deck so I am able to watch them from my kitchen and dining room windows. I am also able to get some pretty good photos of them at my feeders. Once a week I turn in my count to Cornell Project Feederwatch website. You can see the results for your state and across the USA.







I thought it was fun, I was able to use my Birds of North America field guide to id some birds. Sometimes I would see new birds but most of the birds are regular visitors to my yard. It would be a great activity for children.








Here is Cornell’s website, if you are interested.

Cornell's Project Feedwatch

For awhile counting birds will be a part of My World to see more photos go and see That's My World. Thanks to the hosting team of Sandy, Klaus, Louise, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.




My backyard feeder bird mosaics are my entry for Mosaic Monday.  GO and visit Mary at the Little Red House to see more wonderful mosaics.
Thanks Mary for hosting Mosaic Monday, it is a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping at my blog and checking out my Mosaic Monday.

52 comments:

Mary said...

What a great group of mosaics! We have many of the same birds here. The little chickadees are my favorites. :) thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Ebie said...

Those are a lot of birds and I lost count! It is a blessing to be able to see these beautiful birds just in your own backyard!

Have a great week!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

I particip[ate in The Backyard Birdcount & try to on the Feederwatch. Your photos are amazing! You sure get a variety of birds in your area.
Gorgeous Mosaics!
*hugs*deb

Jeanne said...

They are all beautiful! I look forward to following along with you this winter.

Johnny Nutcase said...

i heard about project feederwatch - good stuff! i'll have to check back and see what other little friends come to visit you!

Struggler said...

You have some wonderful visitors calling at your place - and your photos of them are excellent, too!

Lavender Cottage said...

You have some really good shots of the birds in your yard.
I participated in Project Feeder Watch for @ 10 years and you get know what time the birds will be feeding every day.
With travel and babysitting of grandchildren I finally gave up counting last year but still watch my feathered friends when I can.

storyteller said...

What amazing variety of birds you see where you live ... almost none 'hang out' near my home here in Southern California at the beach! I love all of your beautiful mosaics. Project Feederwatch sounds interesting ... thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,

Dishesdone said...

You get some great visitors to your yard! Gorgeous shots of beautiful birds! Cool project you're involved in!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Wow! You have quite a variety at your place!

Jeanne Selep said...

Great bird mosaics.

Check out my attempt at birds...

http://jeanneselep.blogspot.com/2009/11/turkey-alternative-outdoor-wednesday-no.html

Visit me!
http://www.jeanneselep.blogspot.com

sweet bay said...

Great collages. You have a lot of beautiful visitors to your feeders! I especially like the shot of the Chipping Sparrow and the Bluebird with a beakful of mealworms.

Day4plus said...

You mosaics are wonderful. I love to bird. I posted some birds that visit me too. MB

Shirley said...

I love your bird mosaics! I was in a feeder watch or was it a count, a few years ago. I love watching all the birds too and have mostly the same ones you do. I'm in NE Ohio.

Krisu said...

Wonderful group of very interesting and lovely mosaics!

Tj said...

what a wonderful view on your backyard. great pictures too.

diane said...

That sounds like a fun project to be involved in. You have such a big variety of pretty birds visiting you. Great mosaics.

Snappy Di said...

Just stopping by to say hello on Mosaic Monday. Oh, how we miss Maryland!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal
Just Vignettes

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Great MM! Great shots!

NicoleB Egypt said...

You got some gorgeous birdies there!

Carol said...

I love watching the birds! You really took good photos!

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful mosaics, such a great variety of birds visit your yard. The chickadee is so cute!

maryt/theteach said...

Eileen, I participated in just such a program years ago and loved every minute. Unfortunately pigeons and squirrels made it very hard for the birds to come to the feeders so I had to stop. Your photos of all yur lovely birds bring back memories... :)

JOE TODD said...

You are one busy lady. I may add a couple more feeders to my yard. Good job

Carver said...

The mosaics of your birds are dlightful. I love to watch the birds that find habitat and food in my garden. I used to have about 20 feeders but gradually phased them out. I let everything in my garden go to seed and have lots of food year round in my garden. I do supplement in the winter when we have snow or extreme cold and ice which isn't that often.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Eileen: What a great capture of your birds. I also love to take photos at the feeder.

Martha Z said...

You have a much greater variety than I do. Some are the same but most different. Now I know what Joe Todd meant whe he said you and I had a "corner" on birds.

Rajesh said...

The mosaic with beautiful birds is wonderful. What a variety.

Reader Wil said...

Some birds I recognized, because we have them here too. I saw a great tit, a woodpecker and some sparrows. Beautiful job to count all the birds in your yard. I suppose it's a large yard. Mine is small. Thanks for your visit.

J said...

A fun and useful project. You must be busy taking allthese photos.

Xavi said...

What a great group of mosaics, Eileen.
Gorgeous shots of beautiful birds!
Have a nice day.

Zuzu said...

Ahhhh, so this is where all our birds go for the winter - your backyard! :)

Lovely mosaics - so many different birds to enjoy! Right now we have a couple of Blue Jays and some chickadees, but all the other birds have left. Makes me appreciate them all the more when they return!

Wishing you a wonderful day,
Zuzu

Esther Garvi said...

Wow - so many different birds! That's awesome!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Wow those are great shots. I have put feeders around my yard to feed the birds too and love to see how they interact with each other. For some strange reason the other day we had 3 pair of blue birds trying to get into a birdhouse and a woodpecker standing guard. I couldn't figure it out. Have you ever heard of this?
~Debra
The Capers of the Vintage Vixens

NatureFootstep said...

oh you have that many species visiting your feeders. You are a lucky woman. I have only three or four. You have lots of beauty to wach and learn about.

Stine in Ontario said...

Project Feederwatch is a wonderful idea. I have several friends who participate.

Wren said...

I love the mosaic of your backyard birds - quite a lovely crew. Project Feederwatch is fun, it really gets you to notice your birds and their behavior.

Susie of Arabia said...

What a cool idea - I'm going to suggest it to my mom since she has bird feeders and loves to watch them!

Maggie May said...

You have some wonderful birds visit your land and you have taken such good photos of them. I find it isn't easy taking bird photos. They are too fast!

Nuts in May

Irene said...

Love your mosaics. My husband takes care of "our" birds, and we love to watch them from our kitchen patio doors. I have postet a few pics on my other blog (jutulheimen).
Wish you a happy wednesday!

Hootin' Anni said...

FanTAStic!!! I love bird watching myself. [I have one bird today in my slide show--lol] But I intend to go to the wildlife refuge this month, just to scout out the waterfowl in our area....


My O W is now posted. Today a slide show of us attending the famous Texas King Ranchhand Breakfast. Come see a bit of 'history' if you can.

It's Here

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Eileen, seeing your bird mosaics made me think of my father in law who also loved bird watching. I think it would be so much fun! You have some super mosaics here and have seen quite a variety.

I laughingly called a bird a "magpie" in my post today. I was kidding because we don't have magpies in Florida. Just didn't want you to think I was goofy! ;-)

Happy Outdoor Wednesday to you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Rob Inukshuk said...

What an array of different birds. Makes bird watching all the more interesting. Well done on the excellent pics too!

Maia said...

Beautiful bird photos, you are so lucky to have them in your background.
Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

Your collages are just lovely. I think it's great that you are contributing data to the study. It's fun to learn when you do volunteer work. I hope you are having a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday.

manker said...

memories of magic

gp

EcoRover said...

Great pics of your bird count, and even better was that amazing harrier photo in the subsequent post.

If you know of any birder friends that have much experience with ravens, please let me know--I'm writing a chapter on human hunter-wolf-raven communication, and would like to talk with others to supplement my literature search and anecdotal experiences.

Thank you! - EcoRover

Postcards from Wildwood said...

What a fab back yard you have! And what a beautiful collection of birds.
Janice.

Kathiesbirds said...

Oh good for you doing Project Feeder Watch! I have done it in the past. Right now I do eBird and The Great Backyard Bird Count in February! I love helping the birds and I get the fun of watching them at the same time!

sunnymama said...

Great mosaic of all the birds! :)

Chrissykat said...

Wow! I'm SO jealous of all your wonderful birds! Great pictures too.

Mridula said...

So many pretty birds!