Instruction summary Please refer to our detailed instructions before submitting any data. Thank you! Sign up – If you have not yet signed up, join today! During the season, it takes a few weeks from when you sign up for your poster and calendar to arrive, but you can begin counting right away. Select your count site – Choose a portion of your yard that is easy to monitor, typically an area that is visible from one vantage point. Even if you don’t provide feeders, you can still count birds for FeederWatch. Choose your count days – Project FeederWatch runs from November 1 through April 30. For each count, select two consecutive days as often as once a week. Less often is fine. Even if you only count once all winter, your data are valuable. How to count – Watch your feeders for any amount of time over your selected count days. For every species you can identify, record the maximum number of individuals visible simultaneously during your two-day count. Keep one running tally across both days. This way you won’t count the same bird twice. What to count – Please count birds attracted to food or water you provided birds attracted to fruits or plantings you maintain hawks and other predatory birds that are attracted by the birds at your feeders But do not count birds that simply fly over the count site and don’t use the habitat or resources. birds seen on non-count days Report your counts – Submit counts through the Your Data section of our website. All counts are important FeederWatch participants often stop counting their birds because they believe that their counts are not important. Typically they are seeing the same birds every week, or they are seeing very few or no birds. While some FeederWatchers see amazing birds, a wide variety of species, or large numbers of birds, most FeederWatchers see low numbers of what might be characterized as “predictable” birds. These counts are the heart of FeederWatch. Focusing on the extreme cases would provide a biased view of bird populations, and ignoring the common birds could be a major mistake. While we are all thrilled by unusual sightings and high counts, it’s the everyday observations of common birds that are so important for monitoring bird populations. Learn more about why every count matters.