This year I’m counting all the different birds I see each day. Not the number of birds I see, but the variety. I got the idea from one of Nikki McClure’s instagram posts. She counted the variety of birds in a year, but I decided to go for it and count the variety for each day. I’m keeping the list on my phone, then copying over to paper and adding a painting of a favorite bird for that month. Each month’s final list will include “fun facts” – for example, in January, Madison, Wisconsin, USA gained 51 minutes of daylight! Woot! Spring is coming:)
There are several times I’ve heard a bird, but can’t spot it with my eye, and those don’t get included on my list. By the end of the year, I’ll also have another list – of the date I spotted the first bird of each variety, like McClure did. I’m learning more about the sounds of birds, their flight patterns, where particular birds like to hang out in my neighborhood, plus I’m looking UP a lot more during my walks!