However, it had more or less stopped raining by 7 am and when I stepped outside to put birdseed along the (soggy) fence, there were already a throng of birds out there, pecking around on the ground.
I ate breakfast and had some coffee and by 8 I was ready to start my official count.
Although it was cold and grey out there, it wasn't actually raining and conditions were pretty good for the count. The birds certainly seemed willing to cooperate, anyway:-) I counted from the comfort of the dining room.
Most populous were the Chipping Sparrows, but the photo above was the only photo I managed to snap of them.
Here are my totals as submitted for 2012:
23 Chipping Sparrows
15 House Sparrows
6 Mourning Doves
3 White-Winged Doves
1 Carolina Chickadee(I think I saw two really, but you have to count the total number you see at one time, not a cumulative total)
4 Blue Jays
6 Northern Cardinals
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 Red-Bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpeckers
4 (Too many) Brown-headed cowbirds - later, after I had submitted my tally, I counted even more of them.
We have at least three pairs of Northern Cardinals that nest nearby, in spite of the loss of habitat either side. None of them have chosen to occupy the Cardinal nesting shelf we put up yet, but perhaps they will this spring.
The White-Winged Doves and Mourning Doves were quite content to share the seeds along the back wall.
And they shared with Mrs. Cardinal and Mr. Brown-Headed (you're not welcome in my garden) Cowbird.
And they also shared with -- hmmmm, can't quite place the species of the rather strange and hairy bird in the middle of the photo....
We're supposed to have lovely weather tomorrow, so I'm going to count again tomorrow. You can join in too -- Great Backyard Bird Count
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.