Happy New Year Everyone!2009 marks the 21st year we've lived on this 5-acre spot and 11 years since it was certified as a National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat. It's so much fun for us to feed and watch the birds and critters in the backyard and I was rewarded by a big flock of Mourning Doves that flew in this afternoon for a visit. I looked closely, but didn't spot any Eurasian Collared Doves. It's really unusual for us to see this many Mourning Doves in Minnesota in January, and I guess the effects of global warming plus greater numbers of people feeding birds has helped these doves to adapt and survive a Minnesota winter.
I ended up with a total of 57 birds on my Backyard Bird List for 2008. That's 4 more than I recorded for 2007--the first year I kept an "official" list. Some outstanding backyard birds on my 2008 list were: Northern Shrike, Fox Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, and Red-Eyed Vireo. I'm looking forward to what 2009 will bring to my backyard and hopefully I'll get that list up to 60 this year!