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always avoid negativity.


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So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It’s Christmas Bird Count Time Again

Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place between December 14, 2009 and January 5, 2010. This count is the the longest running citizen-science survey in the world.
I hope you'll participate this year.

BTW, Hubby has successfully captured and relocated 17 squirrels. Our trees and feeders are filled with happy birdies, which should make our bird count more successful.

To celebrate the return of the birds, Hubby bought this beautiful puzzle at our local Farmer's Exchange. The Northern Cardinal is my favorite bird. This should keep me busy for a while.

Happy Trails,


bbes tribe said...

We have never heard about the Cristmas bird count. Sounds interesting. Love that last pic. Looks like Sasha.
Ernie & Sasha

JackDaddy said...

Hmmm, Christmas birds....
7 swans, 6 geese, 4 calling birds, 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves and that darn partridge.

That makes 23.

Did I win? :)

Actually I'll go read up on how to do the OFFICIAL bird count and see if I can participate! I did see the most vibrant blue bird I've ever seen about a month ago. I think someone told me it was probably an indigo bunting. It was beautiful!

Gizzy's Mom said...

Today I saw a bird on the ground by the feeder that I did not recognize. After much thumbing of pages in the bird book, I think it was a fox sparrow.

I like cardinals too...which is a good thing since we have several pair at the feeder every day.

Suka said...

Your mom seems pretty smart to me so I don't think you will get a very long nap! Although you look pretty comfy!

And I think your dad is way cool for relocating the squirrels and not hurting them. Humans that love animals rock!


Kathy said...

The cardinal is such a great bird!

I LOVED seeing them in Tucson, AZ,
the farthest west they come!
Many a CBC we slogged through hill and dale for the grand old count!
I'm always amazed at places like in Alaska that have it, despite the harsh weather!!

Good luck putting the puzzle together!!

Sierra Rose said...

Hi there!! Yes! Mom's dad always leads one of the local Christmas bird counts. And, loves being up super early for the owl counts!
Love the cardinal puzzle! Hope you get to participate on the count, would be neat to hear about your count findings.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We have khwite a khollekhtion of khonfused robins in my neighbourhood!

Happy Khounting!


Labrador Retriever said...

Wieder was dazu gelernt. Und aufpassen, Weihnachten nicht verschlafen, auch wenn Du so süsst träumst. Deine Betty

Sonic said...

How do you count birds?

Sounds very difficult! I can barely count my paws.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful puzzle and great pictures. Happy to see the Santas. I still wonder about any baby squirrels that were left behind. Are there any at this time of year? I do know it is good, though, for the birds to have their seed in peace! I will have to read about the bird count. Wish I knew about it when Mamma was really in to the birds. When I saw an indigo bunting, I thought it was the most stunning I had ever seen. SH

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Christmas bird count?
Sounds interesting!
Puzzles are awesome,
Cute pictures:)

Toby's Trainer
SEGDI Raiser

Gloria said...

Bird count sounds interesting, but I dislike puzzles! Only like the finished product lol. After Dogs, birds are my most fave.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Ms. K
I love Cardinals too!!! Good luck with the count. You have a yard full of happy fine feather friends.
Good luck with the puzzle seems your assistant has fizzled out on you,
We have the little ruby crowned kinglets at the feeder now. I love to watch them. They hover so I call them my winter hummers
Madi and Mom

Shelley said...

Thank you for the bird count reminder! I usually do this every year. I love to do puzzles too in the winter! Give all those sweet dogs of yours a rub on the belly for me!

The OP Pack said...

A big Puzzle at Christmas was always a family tradition here until all the little grandkidlets came along - now there are too many little hands wanting to help and too many disappearing puzzle pieces. Another year or so and the tradition will resume. Have fun working on it.

Hugs, Thunder and Phantom

Deb said...

Love the puzzle! We have LOTS of squirrels too. In fact, they ate all the peanut/sunflower/cranberry/popcorn garland in the "bird Christmas tree" before I could get out to take a pic (it had been raining for a few days straight). We have a pair of Cardinals that managed to get a few of the peanuts. They are a beautiful bird ~ I can see why they are your favourite ♥

Alex93andme said...

I've never heard of the Christmas bird count but it sure sounds very interesting. I love birds and especially cardinals. I think it is so wonderful that your husband captured and relocated the little squirrels!! That is very nice!! Love that last picture!!!

KB said...

Wake me up when the puzzle is completed! Ha, ha!

I've always meant to do the bird count. Thanks for reminding me to check into it.

Ina in Alaska said...

I love doing puzzles! That one is pretty, have fun doing it!! I enjoy seeing the beautiful birds who fly past my front windows and I especially love the ravens! Very interesting, intelligent, community spirited birds! They entertain us all day long at work.

Remington said...

Counting birds....well I counted 11in the heated bird bath yesterday -- AT ONE TIME! They sure were having fun! Enjoy your new puzzle!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

We haven't heard about the bird count either! Maybe we'll try to help!

Woofs and Kisses!

Anonymous said...

Jigsaw puzzles...what fun! I may have to start one for the month of January, carefully secured in a room with baby gates, of course!


animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Kit,
No I did not pay for the vet bill or the boarding. Joker was never boarded again. If he couldn't go than we did not go!!
We have a lot of Cardinals around here!! They like to hog the bird feeder!!
Lots of tail wags, Bambi and Fern

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Grandma Irma loves cardinals too.. Such beautiful birds..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

River said...

When my mom lived in a national park those darn bird people would wake her up very early in the morning lol. Imagine people around your house (cabin) with binoculars...I agree about the Christmas birds--no need to go out in the cold to count you can sing the answer.

love & wags,

Mango said...

Better keep your eyes on those puzzle pieces. Momma poop detective found one of our ornaments in the back yard today if you know what I mean. Hehehe.