Thursday and Friday (February 15 and 16) were count days for Project FeederWatch. I filled the feeders with birdseed, suet, and peanuts in the shell. The Western Scrub Jays and Stellar’s Jays swooped down to grab the peanuts. Today, however, as the jays were swarmming to scoop up a peanut, a hawk swooped through and scared most of the birds away. My bird count was lower than usual. The weather was unusually warm for this time of year.

Weather and Effort: February 15, 2007

When did you watch your feeders?
 Day 1: morning afternoon
Day 2: morning afternoon
Estimated cumulative time: 1 to 4 hours
Daylight temperature: 1 to 10° C (33 to 50° F) low
Over 20° C (over 68° F) high
Daylight precipitation: None – –
Total depth of ice/snow cover: None

Checklist for FeederWatch California Region Birds

Wild Turkey 2
Mourning Dove 10
Anna’s Hummingbird 1
Steller’s Jay 3
Western Scrub-Jay 8
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
Oak Titmouse 1
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 1
Fox Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 10
House Finch 8 (0 with eye disease)