Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fwd: The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend

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Plus, "hopeful hunkering" and a gallery of woodpeckers.
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Photo of Dark-eyed Junco by Deb Crouse
Count Birds This Weekend

Photo by Deb Crouse


The 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count is set for this Friday through Monday. Birdwatchers of all ages around the world will count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, then enter their checklists online. All the data contribute to a snapshot of bird distribution. Last year, almost 164,000 birders from more than 130 countries took part. Learn how you can join the fun!
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Biggest Week in Birding - Northwest Ohio
Photo of Black-capped Vireo by Laura Erickson
Seeing Birds Up Close

Photo by Laura Erickson


Nothing beats being able to see birds up close. We can attract them to our yards with feeders, birdbaths, and improved habitat. Away from home, we may pish or, outside of the breeding season and without duly disrupting birds, play recordings. This can maximze the number that we see but doesn't give us a feeling for how birds behave when we're not watching. In our just-published April 2017 issue, Contributing Editor Laura Erickson reveals her method for getting close to the action. She calls it "hopeful hunkering."
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Photo of Red-bellied Woodpecker by Michael Rossacci
Red-Belly and Its Cousins

Photo by Michael Rossacci


This bird, the Red-bellied Woodpecker, is almost certainly recognizable to birders in the eastern United States, where it's a familiar year-round resident. The species is one of 24 members of the genus Melanerpes found in the Western Hemisphere. North America is home to the Red-belly and five of its cousins: Acorn, Golden-fronted, Red-headed, Gila, and Lewis's Woodpeckers. You can see reader-contributed photos that capture the colors and character of the birds in a special gallery on our blog.
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