A "snow day" has given me the opportunity to rejig my blog a little and to look into E-Bird. I added their gadget to the top of my blog as a way of monitoring posts made about birds on the Avalon. It seems not too many people are using the system, but I can really see the benefits of it if everyone were posting their sightings. Imagine if all backyard birders would post their feathered visitors on the site.
It seems very easy to use, but for me, I think I will just start now. It would be too much work for me to go back in time and try to enter all of my birds seen to date. I haven't made any entries yet so I'm not sure how much work is involved. My first steps were to read about the tool and sign up.
My next steps are to find some good birds and attempt to enter the data into the program. I will report on that experience once I have been though it.
It is hard to imagine that we are so close to the arrival of Daylight Savings Time. That means that the evenings will be longer and the opportunity to get out and try to see some birds is just around the corner. I wonder if anything interesting has blown in on the wind...
"Snow Day" backyard activity: Typically, on snowy days, my feeders are very busy but I guess the wind is just too high today. Of course, most of the feeders are blown empty or covered in snow. Once things calm down a bit, I will take care of that and hope some finches find their way in.
Yesterday, I saw a flock of Pine Siskins in the treetops near my home. That is the first time since last year. Perhaps activity at my feeder will improve.