It is a strange method of counting. The goldfinches come in waves and I do know that they are from two different flocks. I also had a large number of tufted titmice in the wave. The form did not like me putting in such a large number of titmice. Crazy!! Of course e-bird drives me crazy as I am not sure if I am seeing the same bird several times. I try and do the best that I can do.
The missing Junco's showed up later in the day along with a large number of purple finches. Apparently I missed a northern shrike at Clear Brook Farms on route 7A in Shaftsbury. I arrived there shortly after it flew away.
> Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2011 14:06:56 -0500
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Back Yard Activity
> To: [log in to unmask]
> I'm finding that Project Feeder Watch is very different than eBird! This is
> my first year participating in this program, and I'm still reading the
> instructions as to what I can count and what I can't. I'm trying to do both
> entries, and it's more work for sure, but a worthwhile effort.
> This morning I had 11 species that I could count, and only a few that I
> can't. Although it bothers me that I can't count 2 Downy's because the male
> and female were not together. Luckily the Cardinals were!
> Happy birding,
> Moretown Village
> On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM, Marcia Baker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > In over two hours of counting for Project Feederwatch this a.m. I have a
> > total of two birds, a male downy and one chickadee.
> > Marcia in Brownsville
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Robert Dudley <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Sat, Nov 12, 2011 8:31 am
> > Subject: [VTBIRD] Back Yard Activity
> > Good Morning All,
> > I have been slowly introducing my feeders to the back yard and finally put
> > out
> > y suet feeders last weekend. We have had several bear sightings in the
> > area
> > nd until last weekend I was bring in all of the feeders at sundown and
> > puyting
> > hem back out in the morning. Today is also the first day of feeder watch
> > and
> > f course I ending up with waves of goldfinches and tufted titmouse
> > (titmices?).
> > he count for the latter is usually 3-5 for an half hour but today's count
> > was
> > 8. No Junco's! They are not too common at my feeders at the best of time
> > (2-3
> > er half hour), but I seldom get skunked. Also no nuthatches. However the
> > irst of the winter at the feeder was a red bellied woodpecker.
> > Cheers,
> > Bob