Paula's Patch: A Minnesota Garden

Come wander in; my gate is always open! Gardening / Birding

Time to Get Busy, Birdwatchers! February 11, 2013

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written a meaningful post…lost my inspiration during the blue (dreary, cloudy) days of winter coupled with a busy schedule.

The birds have been busy and I continue to count them at my feeders. A concern of late though — I haven’t seen our cardinal pair in a few weeks. That’s unusual; they visit our feeders year-round. 😦 Anyone else experience this?

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This weekend, Friday, February 15th through Monday, February 18th, marks the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count! It’s for everyone, from beginner birdwatchers to experts. Each checklist submitted during the count helps the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Bird Studies Canada learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment. It’s easy to do and you don’t have to go out of your way. You can simply count birds right where you are or venture to a wildlife area or park to count.

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courtesy of GBBC news release @ birdsource.org

Let’s make our local birds count! More details and download a checklist here.

One other thing you might like, a great deal on the BirdLog app!

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BirdLog app

Now it’s even simpler to count — just upload your sightings using the app (iPhone, iPad or Android).
Here’s the details for how to get your app for a discounted price through Feb. 18 (text below is excerpted from my email newsletter):

…A special GBBC offer on the BirdLog app is available now! BirdLog is the iPhone (iOS4 and higher) and Android smartphone app that allows you to upload your sightings from the field into the free eBird online checklist program. Now that the GBBC is being integrated with eBird, you can upload all of your GBBC sightings from your smartphone using BirdLog. You can get the app for just 99 cents, now through February 18! The app usually costs $9.99. If you use BirdLog before the GBBC starts, you’ll need to open a free eBird account. You will then be able to use the same login information to login to the GBBC. Take it for a test flight today!

Have you had any unusual bird sightings this winter? Many birders around the nation have seen birds that are unlikely to inhabit their area this time of year. You can share them in a comment below or on my Facebook page. Happy birding!

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