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About FeederWatch

What is Project FeederWatch?
Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Visit the FeederWatch Maproom to view maps constructed from bird counts submitted by FeederWatch participants.

Project FeederWatch is operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.
Learn more about Project FeederWatch.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. gerald white permalink
    March 30, 2011 10:11 pm

    My FeederWatch ID: 347388

    Because of scheduling problems I was not able to engage in this session of Feeder Watch. However, I want to report an issue that may be of interest. We have always had swallows appear here between March 12 and 19 for 10 years. They nest under the eves of our house and others in this neighborhood. Usually we have over 20 pair (at least) and they often hatch at least two clutches each Spring. I thought that as other FeederWatch reports come in from areas around Eastern New Mexico a pattern may emerge. Hope this helps.

  2. Terriann permalink
    July 9, 2011 3:17 pm

    I have been enjoying feeding birds even without feeders or I place leftover seeds, bread, cereal, fruit on around my birdbath, or on the bushed area beside my house–to my delight anywhere from bluejays, chickadees, robins, sparrows and a furry “Squirrel type who things he’s a bird) enjoy. I do fill feeders as well more during winter-spring months but with unsettled weather I do fill with mixed bird seeds too in summer. I am in North Winnipeg area with big elm trees, park like area..

  3. Ann Cooper permalink
    January 24, 2012 12:34 pm

    I didn’t take part in Feeder Watch, but I do keep yard bird records. We have had a White-throated sparrow in our yard since November 30 2011 (habitat is on the east slope of the Rockies, Boulder, Colorado).

    What will it do come spring? It seems so out of range for finding a mate/nesting. Thanks for any comments

    • January 24, 2012 2:10 pm

      Hi Ann,

      The White-Throated Sparrow is a common migrant in Colorado. You can see a map of its range here. White-Throated Sparrows do also regularly over-winter in Colorado in small numbers in the central and southeastern part of the state. Come spring, this bird will likely continue its typical migration pattern northward and be able to find a mate without problem.

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