won’t you count along with me?

the great backyard bird count is coming up – not this weekend, but the following weekend, so get ready! i’ve participated every year since moving to texas, and it’s amazing to see who all flies through the area and stops for a while in our garden. the cedar waxwings are one of my favorite species to watch and listen for.

image and text from the GBBC e-newsletter

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is for everyone, from beginner birdwatchers to experts, and for the first time ever, anyone can participate from anywhere in the world. Counting birds provides scientists and researchers with a real-time snapshot of winter bird populations. Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Bird Studies Canada learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Please join us for the GBBC, Friday, February 15th through Monday, February 18th, and together we can make our local birds count! (source, GBBC)

head on over to the GBBC website to learn how to participate. it’s fun & easy to do! plus, your efforts aid scientists in mapping bird migration patterns. admit it, you always wanted to be a scientist. here’s your chance…


a cavalry of birds

i was accompanied by hundreds of cedar waxwings this morning, who apparently enjoy starting their day with sun salutations as much as i do. (click on the photos for a better view)

cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) in the yellow budded oak trees
cedar waxwings, sunning their yellow bellies

i was planning on posting a video of the 300+ waxwings swooping in and out of the trees, but my camera file doesn’t want to load for some reason.  they’re a very social bird, and are mesmerizing to watch… i guess you’ll just have to take my word for it.  so instead, i suggest you listen to this pretty little song i just discovered by amy cook that captures the essence of watching them…