March 6, 2020
| Anna’s Hummingbird by Sandra Schulze |
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 final Data Entry contest prompts for the 2019-2020 season was:
Do you FeederWatch with someone special, or do you enjoy watching in quiet solitude? Whether it’s with a family member, a pet, or your favorite coffee mug, tell us how you like to FeederWatch!
Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, James Freeburg! James shared a story about how he spends his morning birdwatching with his newest family member:
My favorite way to FeederWatch is with my four-month old daughter. When we wake up in the morning, we can look down on the feeders from our bedroom window. It’s almost eye-level with the top of a Japanese maple, so we often see an Anna’s Hummingbird staking out their territory from on high. If I see a small red flash of the throat, I tell my daughter, it’s a female, just like you. If I see a head completely red, I say, that’s a male, like me. If we see something besides a junco or a chickadee on the feeders, I know it’s going to be a special day. We live on a lake, so there’s a good chance of seeing ducks, grebes, coots or other birds on the water. My favorite are the diving Buffleheads – they remind me of penguins and you can follow their black and white plumage as they dive into the shallows. When I bring my daughter downstairs, we keep an eye outside throughout the day. Hopefully, we’ll get a burst of Bushtits passing through or a flurried flicker on the suet. I know it’s months before her first word, but I’m hoping we can practice our bird songs together soon. Chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee!
Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their stories this season! We received over 1200 stories, and we wish we could have shared them all. Stay tuned for the announcement of our Grand Prize winners for the BirdSpotter photo contest. You can vote for your favorite now, until 11:59pm ET on Thursday, March 12. We will post winners on Friday, March 13.
Interested in becoming a FeederWatcher? Join the fun now to be ready when the 2020-2021 season begins in November!