The Great Backyard Bird Count for 2014 is over, and I completed my final check this afternoon. Overall, it has not been a spectacular year here. I toted up 27 species (two hawks added today -- Red Tailed Hawk shown) and a minimum of 68 birds on the property. The gold winner was American Goldfinch, with at least 15 birds. House Finch held second place with 9, and Northern Cardinal with 8. I was disappointed not to see certain predicted species (Pine Warbler and Northern Flicker come to mind) and bird populations seemed awfully law. In fact for 22 species I never counted more than two birds. My methodology has not changed, so perhaps certain environmental conditions did. Were my feeders relatively less attractive? was weather (first icy, then moderately warm) a factor? Tomorrow I will file my seven lists and move on. Now I have some things to watch as spring unfolds.
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!