Sunday, October 11, 2009

Small Sit

Today was Bird Watcher's Digest's 15th annual "Big Sit," a tailgate party for birders. It's free to participate; pick a spot, and within a 17 foot diameter circle, count as many bird species as you can see or hear in 24 hours. I don't have that much patience (24 straight hours?) so I was playing with a new camera this morning and watched for a few hours and counted 15 species through the living room window, not counting the ones I couldn't identify for sure (a couple hawks and some crow/raven/blackbird types in flight). I don't think it's too bad for a newbie, and a nice way to spend a morning.

Song Sparrow
White breasted Nuthatch
Eastern Phoebe
Tufted Titmouse
Black Capped Chickadee
Red Bellied Woodpeckers
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
Blue Jay
Nashville Warbler
Mourning Dove
American Robin
White Throated Sparrow
Carolina Wren
Wild Turkey (a nice little family of 14!)

Mommy and Daddy

Migrating Nashville Warbler

Toe-Touch Tufted Titmouse

I think every color is in this picture.


  1. Welcome to the blogosphere Kristen! That's not a bad list of birds to collect for a few hours of watching! Have you ever heard of Project Feederwatch? It's a citizen science project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It's a very good "excuse" for watching your feeder birds during the winter months. I highly recommend it! Looking forward to getting to know you.

  2. Thanks Heather! I really enjoy reading your blog and your pictures :) I've seen the Project Feederwatch name before, but not read much about it, usually I'm on Cornell's site looking for bird ID's, then comparing them with my Sibley book's pictures. I'll have to check more into it. Talk to you soon!