Birds on the Neck Sunday June 27th, 2010 This morning 14 campers rolled out of bed with their binoculars to join a walk around camp observing and counting birds that we saw and heard. We saw a total of 17 species and have included those on our camp bird list posted in the dinning hall. The highlight was seeing both the male and female Eastern bluebirds that attempted to nest out in front of the Farmhouse. Unfortunately, their nestlings were attacked by an English Sparrow, but we are hoping the bluebirds will try again. Other birds included Cedar waxwings, a Wood Pewee, Tree and Barn swallows and the usual feeder birds. Our total species count was 17, and we saw 45 individual birds. In addition to adding to the posted list, we sent our observations to our Cornell Lab of ornithology e-bird account. (go to ebird.org for more information on this Citizen Science Project) Our lists added to others help scientists accumulate data to see and understand trends in bird populations. We’ll be adding our records each week throughout the summer. Already several campers have found their 10 birds for a Chickadee Checklist patch and are working on their Sparrow Spotters. Some of those campers on the walk this morning had told me on Friday that their socks were in place for today’s walk! A sock tied to their cabin door and on the end of their bed is the signal that they want to wake up for a morning bird walk. It was fun to see a few of the boys at the feeders on Wednesday afternoon, not long after they received their own binoculars and books, identifying birds and recording what they identified.