Focus on Feeders

Birds at feeder © Chris Steele
Birds at feeder © Chris Steele

February 1 & 2, 2014

You Can Be Part of Our Winter Bird Count!

  • Anyone can participate—new bird watchers as well as more experienced birders.
  • You will be contributing to over 40 years of winter bird feeder sighting information.
  • It's an opportunity to learn and share information about the birds that visit your yard and your feeders in winter.

How Do I Participate?

On the weekend of February 1 and 2, keep a list of all the different species you see at your bird feeder and in your yard, and the greatest number of each species you see at one time.

There are two ways to give us your bird counts:

  • Submit your results online (beginning February 1, through the February 28 deadline) 
  • Download and print our Focus on Feeders report form and mail it to the address on the form 

Find out more about participating

Why Participate?

Observations from the bird watching public contribute to a growing body of information that can help provide early warning signs of changes in the abundance of bird species that visit feeders.

For example, feeder watching in Massachusetts since the 1960s has helped document the northward expansion of the tufted titmouse, Carolina wren and Northern cardinal at least partly in response to increasingly warmer winters.

And, it's fun! We especially appreciate reading the many comments submitted by Focus on Feeder participants since they often help us interpret results (e.g., "Feeder birds down this year" or "Where are all my redpolls?").

Along with other conservation tools like our State of the Birds report and Breeding Bird Atlas 2, Focus on Feeders helps raise public awareness and provides information that will help guide us as we move forward in our many exciting new Bird Conservation initiatives.