December 6, 2019
| Bushtits by Thomas Meinzen |
For the fourth season in a row, Cornell Lab and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with BirdSpotter prizes. After entering bird counts (data) into the FeederWatch website, participants have the opportunity to share a story, memory, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Count Summary page. Our first of four Data Entry contest prompts was:
What’s your favorite bird to see at your feeders? Do you wait all season for a glimpse of it, or does it come every day? Share with us what makes that species so special to see at your feeders!
Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, Marilyn Livingston of Colorado! Marilyn noted in her entry that she has more than one favorite bird, and choosing one above the others is almost as impossible as choosing a favorite child (very impossible!)! However, Bushtits are one of her top species. She goes on to describe what it’s like when they arrive at her count site:
It seems like they make a group announcement from a distance with their teenie tiny chirping. First I’ll hear their happy little group faintly. As the adorable chirping group gets closer and closer, they make their precious presence known.
These tiny friends enter one at a time with the rest of the team always close behind, until the whole group lands one by one on the best looking fat source. They always dine together happily, making room for each other, and busily chirping their sweet dining chatter. Leaves me grinning ear to ear every time! A huge favorite!
Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their stories! Participants can still submit their story to our latest prompt. Enter to win on the Count Summary page that appears after you submit your next FeederWatch count online at FeederWatch.org. Interested in becoming a FeederWatcher? Join the fun and you could win great prizes!