For the past four or five years, our family has participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count. It's a fun and easy way to be part of a big science project! The only requirement is to count birds in your location for a minimum of 15 minutes and log your data at GBBC's web site.
Last year, we went all out and made it a bird day from start to finish, adding lots of birdy activities to the bird count itself.
This year...we counted.
Although some of us did dress the part.
And one of us invited a raven to read his Lego book with him.
There were bird counters all over the house...
...including these two cuties who may not have known what they were counting but wanted in on the fun! (This may be my favorite picture of the day!)
Unfortunately, we had almost as many counters as birds this year. Ten birds, people. We fear that the outdoor cats have discouraged our bird population. Ron and I had seen a cardinal this very morning, but Mr. Cardinal was nowhere to be seen when the count was on.
So our bird count may not have been our most successful, but the sliders we enjoyed with lunch were quite the success. (Thanks for the recipe, Deanna!)
And then there was that rousing game of Dutch Blitz...