We often record bird sightings at the Museum.
Some records are informal, like our notes at the Viewing Window (see below for recent birding entries from our blog).
Some records are for monitoring purposes and we record those in eBird, one of many citizen science projects. That’s where records from our monthly bird monitoring walks, the Early Birder walks, Nestwatch and Great Backyard Bird Count, or when something particularly unusual gets reported.
We also participate additional not-just-birds citizen science projects.
October is great, because it’s the month of the Big Sit!. That’s a day when we sit around with Team Loonatics and look for birds. They do all the hard work: cooking, listing, watching, identifying. We host them and are happy. Their list of birds this year doesn’t quite match our viewing window list (below), …
Let’s get ready to… MIGRATE! Every body is stocking up, either because they’re getting ready to launch themselves south or preparing for winter. Who’s getting ready? These birds!
It was a bit of a quiet month, but we might also have been so busy that we didn’t take enough notes while indoors? Outdoors was fantastic… Seen from the Viewing Window (or nearby) and recorded:
A warm and muggy month! Good for raising nestlings? Thanks to the sharp and patient eyes of one of our interns, we saw a few birds that are rarely spotted in our feeder area (although they can be heard in the nearby forest canopy on some of our bird walks).