December 23, 2016
To help celebrate Project FeederWatch’s 30th anniversary, the Cornell Lab and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with BirdSpotter prizes. After entering bird counts (a.k.a. data) into the FeederWatch website, participants have the opportunity to share a story, memory, or tip. We received over 430 submissions to the second round of the Data Entry contest! There will be two more rounds between now and February 15, and winners are randomly selected. Our latest Data Entry contest prompt asked:
Did that really just happen? FeederWatch is full of eyewitness moments when we cannot believe our eyes. Share your stories of unexpected encounters and interesting bird behaviors.
Congratulations to Mary Smith of Pretty Prairie, Kansas! Mary’s a veteran FeederWatch participant of 19 years. She shared her story about a sapsucker and an icy birdbath:
It had been a cold week with several days not getting above freezing. We had filled the water container for the birds so they started out without ice. When I got home in the midafternoon, the water had iced over. However, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was sitting on the frozen water chipping away at a hole in the ice. Various other birds were gathered around, including cardinals, finches, and juncos. When the sapsucker left, the others were able to get to the water for a drink. Since it had been a very dry fall, there wasn’t much access to water elsewhere. All the birds seemed quite happy!
Access to water is incredibly important to birds. Adding a birdbath to your count site, even in winter months, is a great way to provide a necessary resource and attract a diversity of birds to your yard. Share your FeederWatch eyewitness moments in the comment field! Not a FeederWatcher? Join the fun and you could win great prizes!