Find out what Project FeederWatch is, its history, and more
Find out how you FeederWatch, when you can FeederWatch, and what you'll need to do to get started
Review these instructions carefully before you count and enter data
Find out about types of feeders and types of foods, and where to place your feeder
Feeding Birds FAQs
Explore the winter distribution, food, and feeder preferences of common feeder birds.
Find out about color and plumage variations, bald heads, and deformed bills
Unusual Birds Gallery
Find out about bird disease and identifying the signs of bird disease
Sick Birds Gallery
Find out how to identify birds and download identification tools
Learn how to help birds as they seek out food sources, nesting habitat, protection, and more
Find educational resources for teachers, group leaders, and families
Find an article archive packed with lots of great bird study information
Learn about house finch eye disease
Review content from current and past BirdSpotter photo contests
Keep up to date with the latest FeederWatch happenings
These are exemplary FeederWatchers!
Send us your photos! Show us your count site, your birds, or you watching your site with loved ones!
Visit our live FeederWatch feedercams!
Cornell Lab of Ornithology feeders
Ontario (winter only)
See what birds occur the most by region
Explore species by state/province
See where FeederWatchers are
Graphs of regional population trends and distributions
Explore papers that have used FeederWatch data
Lab scientists analyze the data submitted by FeederWatch participants.
See birds well outside their winter range submitted to Project FeederWatch.
Start here for data entry and personal data review and exploration
Keep live track of your counts using the FeederWatch mobile app
14 of the 15 (maybe more). It’s been a challenge to count them this year. In early December 2010, I was surprised and elated to see several bluebirds on a crab apple tree, eating the bittersweet berries from a vine that was attempting to smother the tree. We’d only seen a bluebird once in 25 years here in Salem NH, at least in our yard and it had been in June 2010. When I saw the small flock, I ran out and got some suet and mealworms to put in our fenced in backyard. All winter the group of 7 bluebirds visited everyday. In March they became very territorial and one pair nested somewhere in the vicinity of the yard, because in early May I saw the parents flying repeatedly to a tree with their beaks full of mealworms. I finally located two baby blues and got some pictures of them waiting and receiving food. In mid-July , the family disappeared and there were no bluebirds until, early December 2011. The flock that remained all winter numbered 9. This past summer after all the territorial fighting, a pair nested nearby, and in May we saw the parents making numerous flights back and forth to feed the nestlings. In June the babies appeared with their parents near the feeder and there were 4. We had occasional visits by the fledglings and the parents in June and July, until we noticed more repeated flights in early August beaks crammed with mealworms, but we never saw any fledglings. The bluebirds returned after an absence of about two months, in November this year, and we’ve been attempting to count them ever since. We’ve counted up to 15, but suspect there may be a few more. So, that’s my bluebird story and I’m having a great time observing them every day, photographing them (and all the other birds) and having them fly about me when I refresh the water or fill the feeders.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.