Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the highest numbers of each species they see at their feeders from November through early April. FeederWatch helps scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.
Project FeederWatch is operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.
The program is entering its 21st year, I believe, and this is my 4th year participating. I didn't get the weekend off to the roaring start that I would have liked b/c we were traveling yesterday and busy doing other things today, but I was able to spend a little time counting. I really look forward to getting up early on weekend mornings again to be with my winged friends - to count them, observe their actions, and to tune in to nature during a season when so much has gone dormant.
I will surely see and count trusted friends:
American Goldfinch (feeding frenzy)
And new, if only fleeting, friends
Pine Warbler (new visitor, early 2008)
Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker (random guest)
Red-winged Blackbirds (new visitors, early 2008)