This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count, which for those of you who don’t know is a yearly event designed to take a real-time snapshot of current bird populations using observations submitted by birders all over the world. Myself and my birding buddy went out today to participate. Holy crap was it cold out today, and windy too. Once we got into a nice wooded area out of the wind we had a bunch of luck, and even saw some new species! Well, new species for my birds life-list anyways. I only really started birding and tracking my birding last May so I have a ways to go and a lot to learn. The whole process is fun though and I enjoy learning about the different bird species and their behaviors. My new species of the day was Pine Siskin; hers was Tufted Titmouse.
Today’s excursion produced a wonderful encounter with a thoroughly metropolitan Down Woodpecker. We were headed back after being out for almost two hours when we saw a Down Woodpecker not six feet from us. He didn’t seem to care at all that we were there. He also didn’t care at all when the cell phone rang. And he still didn’t care when we started laughing and talking about how nonchalant he was being. I was appreciative because, since he was so close to us, I managed to get a couple of nice clear pictures on my camera. You can tell that this Downy is a boy by the little red hat on the back of his head. ^_^
Here are a couple of my favorites from today.