Well, it’s a blustery February Friday here on the Island
Schools are cancelled and even the plow operators are having difficulty with blowing snow and whiteouts.
It’s also the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count
Feb. 13-16 – the 12th annual Bird Count. Birders all across the continent will spend 15 minutes a day identifying and counting birds.
Even beginning birders ( like me!) can participate – there is a regional bird checklist to help you identify the birds that you might see in your area at this time of year. Just enter your postal code or zip number.
Then you enter your list on the website. There is even a photo contest.
I thought for my Friday Fave Five, I’d show you the birds that I hope to see over the next 4 days.
Although. maybe not today! I hope that with winds of 70 km, all the little winterbirds are safely huddled in thickets, under barn eaves or tucked away in hollow trees.
Here are the birds that were seen in our area in last year’s BackYard Birdcount.
1. Common Redpoll
These are the most common visitors to our bird feeder and were top on the list of birds identified last year.
I love the bright red crown.
2. Common Crow
Not a lovable bird – but there are a lot of them around. They were number 2 on the list last year.
Black Ducks were third on list.
Other common birds sighted on the Island include these regulars to my feeder – I hope they show up during the count this year.
3. American Goldfinch – 119 sightings.
4. Black-capped Chickadee – 245 sightings
5. Blue Jays – 430 sightings.
And I’ll leave you with one extra favourite for Friday Five.
Prince Edward Island’s regional bird list says that I just might see this bird in the Feb.Great Backyard Birdcount.
But I don’t think that it will have such a lovely, blossomy setting!
6. Pine Siskin
Check out more Friday Faves at Suzanne’s Living To Tell The Story.
And a special Happy Valentine’s weekend to you!