January 11, 2022
| American Goldfinch by Bob Vuxinic |
For the sixth season in a row, Project FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the chance to win prizes. After entering bird counts (data) into the FeederWatch website, participants have the opportunity to share a story, memory, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Count Summary page. This year, we’re randomly selecting two winners per prompt. Our second Data Entry contest prompt was:
Do you FeederWatch with someone special, or do you enjoy watching in quiet solitude? Whether it’s with a family member, a pet, or your favorite coffee mug, tell us how you like to FeederWatch!
Congratulations to our winners, Shirley Werner and Lana Soosar!
My husband FeederWatches while Zooming during these pandemic times. It’s refreshing watching the birds zoom in to the feeder in real life besides just Zooming on the computer screen. When he has the computer positioned so that his colleagues can see out the window, they often comment on his beautiful woodsy garden background and enjoy seeing the birds come and go. He has discovered a number of fellow bird enthusiasts among his colleagues, which provides a cheerful topic of conversation.
Project FeederWatch can be a great way to connect with friends and family. We’ve heard from some participants that FeederWatching has even provided them increased relaxation and stress relief. If you have people in your life that you think would benefit from participating, you may be interested in taking advantage of our option to gift a membership.
Lara also likes to FeederWatch with someone special:
My husband, John, is an early riser. He’s often up enjoying a morning cup of coffee at 6:00AM. We both are avid bird watchers but he gets a head start, then calls me to join him at the window to watch as a flock of birds begin to arrive in our backyard. It’s the towering white birch trees that attract our birds not feeders. Both American Goldfinches and Black-capped Chickadees love to feed on the plentiful seeds that hang from their branches during the fall and winter months. American Robins come in late winter/early spring to feast on berries produced by the numerous juniper trees at the back of the garden. Of course, the birds don’t linger in the area like they do with a feeder in the yard. You never know just when they’ll return. Suddenly they’re back! What fun to have someone special to share it with.
Planting native plants and shrubs is a great way to attract birds to your yard. Not only do these plants provide seeds, berries, and fruits for birds to snack on, but they can foster native insect populations, which are critical for birds during the breeding season. To learn more about creating habitat for birds, feel free to visit our page on landscaping for birds, or, visit the NestWatch website to get more information on how to landscape for nesting birds specifically.
Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their stories – we wish we could share them all! We will pick two winners each month through April 2022. Check out the contest page after you submit your count on FeederWatch.org to view the next story prompt, and stay tuned for the announcement of our next winners on Tuesday, February 15, 2022! Using the app? You can access the Count Summary page which contains the link to the contest by signing in to our website, editing a count, and then re-submitting it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Interested in becoming a FeederWatcher? Join the fun now!