Citizen Science

January 18, 2010

I'm a nerd, and I'm pretty excited about it. I just signed up for this program: Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Feederwatch. I haven't had much time in the last couple of years to go out in to the field to bird watch, and so this is the perfect solution to being housebound in winter. I have a couple feeders in the backyard that at the moment get mobbed by too many House Sparrows, but almost daily I am treated to a visit from a Hairy Woodpecker, a Downy Woodpecker and a couple of Black-capped Chickadees. Last week I witnessed a Cooper's Hawk swooping in to pick off one House Sparrow from the feeder. I am hoping once my Feederwatch kit shows up, I will have some other worthy events and species to record.


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