The Great Backyard Bird Count

Last Friday, Feb. 18, was a bittersweet day. The weather was beautiful. The sun was shining and the sky was blue. We were all in a good mood and decided that we would participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. We gathered our materials: a camera, a couple of chairs, and an umbrella (you just never know…), printed out the instructions from The Great Backyard Bird Count official website and started watching.

One of the three sparrows we saw.


Another one of the sparrows.


One of the two European Starlings we saw.

We didn’t see many birds – just 3 sparrows and 2 starlings – and we didn’t see any in our yard. They were all in the neighbor’s yard. This temporary house we are living in has a sad little yard – no trees, no bird havens. We might have to make a bird bath this summer and put up some birdfeeders to get more birds to visit us.

Anyhow, the kids had a blast. We had fun learning what types of birds we saw and hopefully, the information we provided to the GBBC will be useful.

The bittersweet part to the day came when we found out my husband’s grandfather passed away peacefully early in the morning. He had not been well and we were not expecting him to live much longer, but it was a shock to get the call just the same. At least he had beautiful weather the day of his death. It was a beautiful day! Look at the blue skies those birdies enjoyed. And Gramps would have been proud. A life-long farmer, he relished the outdoors and loved his many family members dearly. I’m sure he wouldn’t have had to look up those birds to figure out what they were, like we did!

Hug your loved ones! And make it a great day.

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