Counting the Birds

I love the annual Cornell University and Audubon “Backyard Birdwatch” project.  People all over the world count and identify the birds in their backyards and post the data on the ebird website. (http://gbbc.birdcount.org)  We’ve been doing the birdcount since the early 2000’s and it’s fascinating to see the results vary from year to year; it’s also nice to be able to go on the website and see the data from all over the US and now from other countries as well.  It’s a wonderful way to contribute to our knowledge about bird populations and how they might be changing.  If you have the time, it’s fun to participate! Below are some of the birds we’ve had visit our yard yesterday and today (the count goes on for two more days, ending on Monday the 20th).

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Female Red Bellied Woodpecker

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Female Cardinal

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Song Sparrow

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Male Cardinal

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Male Red Bellied Woodpecker

I’ve been doing garden paintings (what a great thing to do in the cold of winter!) for the next Art Center Show in March; the theme is  “Garden’s Galore”.  I did a large painting of the formal boxwood and rose garden at the local Historical Society and a smaller painting of a woodland garden in morning light.  I just finished varnishing them yesterday, so they are ready for framing.  I love the new varnish from Gamblin; clear as a bell and odorless. It goes on easily and dries very quickly.  Great company for anyone who paints in oils.

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Historical Society Garden 16×20 oil on canvas

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Woodland Garden oil on canvas 12×16

Backyard Bird Count

This is a great program to participate in; it is associated with Cornell University and has been monitoring bird populations all over the country for a number of years.  The data is used to follow bird numbers from year to year.  Participants have access to their data and to data from their area as well as all over the country.  You can observe for just one day or for all four days.  If you like birds and nature, this is a great and satisfying program to participate in!  Click on the photo below to go to their web site.

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