Sorry, Richard, but by FeederWatch species she can't count the male
and female. This protocol keeps species where the male and female can
be distinguished from being overcounted compared to species where one
can't make such a distinction. I know some of the rules seem silly
and frustrating, but they are carefully thought out, and we Citizen
Scientists need to follow them carefully.
On Nov 12, 2011, at 2:56 PM, Richard Guthrie wrote:
> Hi, Patti - please don't fret.
> I believe you can count both Downys since they are distinguishable
> one from
> the other (one male, one female). It is inseparable species
> titmice, etc.) that you shouldn't amass a count based on singletons.
> idea is to get the maximum together, without duplicating individuals.
> So - go ahead,Patti - count those Downys. Both of them : )
> Rich Guthrie
> New Baltimore,
> The Greene County
> New York
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Patti
> Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2011 2:07 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Back Yard Activity
> 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]>
>> 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
>> y suet feeders last weekend. We have had several bear sightings in
>> nd until last weekend I was bring in all of the feeders at sundown
>> hem back out in the morning. Today is also the first day of feeder
>> f course I ending up with waves of goldfinches and tufted titmouse
>> he count for the latter is usually 3-5 for an half hour but today's
>> 8. No Junco's! They are not too common at my feeders at the best
>> of time
>> 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.