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Friday Memes

Friday–time for Willy Nilly Friday 5 #71 and Friday’s Hunt!

This week’s hunt includes: The Letter G, Week’s Favorite, and In My Kitchen

1. Hubby wasn’t feeling well Thursday, and came home from work early (gasp!) Friday. If you know him, you know that’s a rare occurrence. 

2. On top of that, we got snow this afternoon. White flakes and black birds fell from the sky, covering the yard.

Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds…

3. In My KitchenOur daughter said with all those blackbirds, I should make a pie. I made cobbler instead. Oh, and I used blackberries, instead of blackbirds.

…baked in a pie…

4. I removed the 6″  extension piece from my Canyon Hoops hula hoop today, making it 38″  and decreasing the weight to 1.5 lbs. It was like starting all over again, but I finally got the hang of it. I’m really enjoying it. I managed two 10-minute aerobic workouts.

5. For the Letter GThe Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) started today. It runs through Monday, February 15. Click the link to find out how to participate. They have a photo contest, too. The minimum requirement for birdwatching/counting is 15 minutes. Then you log your findings onto the bird list on the website. Changes in bird migration patterns, the number of birds, etc., are detected this way. 

Who’s counting? This is my Week’s Favorite shot.

Counting Birds

I’ve counted birds a couple times this weekend, and plan to again Monday morning. Friday I counted over 60 birds in a 25-minute period, 15 different kinds. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get more pictures. A friend said she’d like to see some of them, so I’m posting a few today. Please pardon the photo quality, my kitchen window needs a good cleaning, but not in this weather! Enjoy!

If you click to enlarge this picture (above the slideshow) you'll see one peanut already stuffed in. A smart bird knows that pesky squirrel will be along soon.

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It’s That Time of Year–GBBC

It’s time for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), that’s what! The dates this year are February 17-20. 

You can find more info here and here. And here’s a link to the post I wrote about it last year. 

Please consider participating. It’s good for the birds, and you might find a new hobby while you’re at it. Fifteen minutes is all the time required. 

Orange-crowned warbler photo info: orcwar_lindaalley_tx09_360px.jpg

How can you resist? 🙂 


The Great Backyard Bird Count

This Thursday, February 18th, marks the beginning of the 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. (GBBC) Clicking on the previous link will take you to the website where you can get ALL the details. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.

What? You don’t have a backyard? No problem! You can count birds ANYWHERE YOU WANT! Do you have a favorite park, beach, etc? This is a wonderful activity to get children involved and outside exploring nature. You can pick up a field guide for the birds typically found in your region at any bookstore or birding supply shop to help with identification. You will find the forms for recording your results here. When finished, return to the GBBC website to enter your findings.

Have fun, and be sure to come back and leave a comment to let me know about your experience! Trust me, you’ll be hooked! Wild Birds Unlimited is an excellent resource if there’s one near you.