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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

#GreatBackyardBirdCount (#GBBC): Can I count birds at my feeder

I think I want to try this bird count you keep talking about. Is it okay to count at the birds on my feeder? 
How to do the Great Backyard Bird Count
Yes, this wonderful news! Anyone can count birds in any location. People that have bird feeders and share the numbers and species that are showing up contribute immensely to the study of bird populations.

Some stories I am hearing at the Wild Birds Unlimited store are that the woodpeckers aren't eating as much suet this year. The annual WINTER FINCH FORECAST 2017 - 2018 by Ron Pittaway reported that besides the warm weather we also had the best cone crop in a decade or more along with abundant seed, nut, and fruit crops. This means more woodpeckers have a lot of food available and a perhaps a better chance of surviving the winter. It will be interesting to compare this year to last year to see if woodpeckers visit our feeders as much.

The 21st Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will take place February 16 to 19, 2018. To participate, bird watchers count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, then enter their checklists at birdcount.org.

You may find it helpful to print a regional tally sheet so you have a list of birds you’re likely to see in your area in February. Get it here: http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/checklist or you can find Michigan’s most common backyard birds at http://most-common-winter-birds-in-michigan.html
How's it work:
  • WATCH: Count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes—or more if you wish. You can be at home, in a park, or looking out your office window.
  • TALLY: Write down only the highest number of each species you see at any one time to avoid counting the same birds more than once. For example, if you see 8 cardinals as you start your count period, then later you see 12, and later still you see 3, you’ll only report 12--the highest number you saw together at once. Please do not add the numbers together.  
Bird watchers worldwide can take part this year. Make sure to pass this information out to all your friends and family. Thank you for joining the Great Backyard Bird Count sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited.

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