The Birds are Counting on Us

Image of swan butts for the backyard bird count

If you can’t get ahold of a friend today don’t worry, they’ve probably left the cell phone on the kitchen counter and headed outside to count birds.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Today is the first day of the annual Backyard Bird Count, and bird aficionados all over North America are out with binocs and notepads, tallying their avian visitors. Candace, one of my bird loving friends, reports identifying 13 species this morning without stepping out her door.

You can help with this effort to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across North America. All it takes is 15 minutes a day.  For full information on how to count and report your findings head over to Great Backyard Bird Count headquarters.

Bird counting bonus

When you focus on nothing but birds for a few minutes you’re sure to see some funny bird behavior  – like those upended swans I saw at Kensington Gardens.

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