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The Great Backyard Bird Count 2013

17 Feb

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DARQ:  In our Jan. 29th blog post here, “Valentines & Birds,” Catherine and I discussed the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) held Feb. 15-18, I thought it was a grand idea to participate. Little did I know that it meant standing absolutely still, outdoors, in thirty-five degree weather with a brisk, intermittent breeze!  Chilled toes were nothing compared to freezing my poor fingers (Catherine didn’t make me any gloves!). And I was none too happy about the bird seed working its way into my boots.

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The squirrel is easy to find. Click on the picture to see the Tufted Titmouse in the feeder and find the Black Capped Chickadee.

CATHERINE:  My, my, Darq, all that grumbling. Just think about the critters you got to see and count.

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(Check out the logo on Darq’s new blouse.)

IMG_0150DARQ:  Birds are not critters. Okay, I’ll admit it was interesting meeting the grey squirrel, but ID’g the little birds you called vultures?  Woman, according to  Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds, there’s no such thing as a “little vulture.”  You were talking about the Black Capped Chickadees!

CATHERINE, chuckles, then says: Well, click on the photo at the opening of this blog post and enlarge it. You’ll see those tiny Chickadees are perched like little vultures eyeing the good eats you set out for them.

DARQ: Maybe so . . .   Oh, just get on with it and post the rest of the photos.

CATHERINE gives Darq a Wysotti Elpoccalli Space Fleet salute, and says:  Yes, Ma’am!

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Spotting the Cardinal is easy, but where's the Titmouse. Sparrow,  and Nuthatch?

Spotting the Cardinal is easy, but where are the two Titmice, the Sparrow, and the Nuthatch?

Left: Chickadee incoming on feeder; Downy Woodpecker eyes Darq. (click to enlarge photo)

Junco exits upper left; Chickadee incoming on feeder; Downy Woodpecker checks out Darq.

Chickadee watches sparrow sneak up behind Darq to get at the seeds.

One Chickadee watches the sparrow sneak up behind Darq to get at the seeds. Can you spot 4 more Chickadees?

 

Click to enlarge. Find the Hairy Woodpecker, Chickadees (5 of them).

Click to enlarge. Find the Hairy Woodpecker, Chickadees (5 of them).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For those visiting this blog for the first time: Darq is a doll who just happened became the avatar/spokesperson for the Indian heroine of JEWELS OF THE SKY, which is a fantasy/sci-fi adventure about Indians in outer space.  The novel is available as an eBook or paperback at Amazon.com. Excerpts can be found on this blog’s masthead.

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