Winter Bird Highlights 2022, behavior interactions research, FeederWatcher story contest, and finch ID quiz
Purple Finch by FeederWatcher Warren Brooks, Chadds Fords, Pennsylvania

Project FeederWatch eNews

December 21, 2022

2022 Issue of Winter Bird Highlights Now Online

The 2022 edition of Winter Bird Highlights (PDF), our annual season summary, is available online. Inside you will find our annual Regional Roundup describing what we learned from last season's FeederWatch counts. This year's issue also features research using behavior interactions reported to FeederWatch, a profile of Northern Flickers in Canada, which sparrows are most common in different regions, and more.

More Behavior Interactions Research

In addition to behavior interactions research reported in Winter Bird Highlights, which focuses on FeederWatch reports of displacement, another publication came out recently that looks at FeederWatch reports of predation. The research, led by the Cornell Lab's Eliot Miller, who launched the behavior interaction data collection system for Project FeederWatch, found that Cooper's Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks primarily choose different prey species. Learn more.

Join Today and Give the Gift of FeederWatch for Free

December is a month of giving, and if you live in the United States and haven't signed up for FeederWatch yet, here's one more reason to sign up today! If you join FeederWatch now through the end of December, we will give you a coupon code that you can pass on to a friend, loved one, or institution in the U.S.  This code will allow your recipient to sign up for free through the end of December for the current season of FeederWatch, which runs through April 2023. You can find the code on the Thank You page that comes up when you sign up through our online store.

First FeederWatcher Story Contest Winner of Season

For the seventh year, Project FeederWatch is inviting participants to share stories for a chance to win prizes from contest sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited. This year Celestron is joining the fun and offering one pair of binoculars to each winner as well. After entering counts through the Your Data section of the FeederWatch website, participants have the opportunity to share a story, memory, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Count Summary page. Those submitting counts through the FeederWatch mobile app can participate by going to the Your Data section of the website, clicking the View or Edit Your Previous Counts button, and selecting the Actions and then View link under any count date.

Our first Data Entry contest prompt this season was, "Regularly watching your feeder area gives you a greater chance at witnessing an incredible event! Tell us about a memorable moment that occurred near or at your feeders." Congratulations to our winners, Lisa Meacham and Debi Blankenship! Read their stories on our blog.

Finch Identification Quiz

The Cornell Lab's Bird Academy released a free, replayable quiz to help birders learn the differences among three very similar finches: House Finch, Purple Finch, and Cassin's Finch. Paired with identification tips from FeederWatch's Tricky ID page for these species, the quiz is a fun way to test your skills with great photos of these species.
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Project FeederWatch is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada. Project FeederWatch is sponsored in the U.S. and Canada by Wild Birds Unlimited and in Canada by Armstrong Bird Food. All donations and participation fees are tax deductible.

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Project FeederWatch Contact Information

For U.S. participants:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Project FeederWatch
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

For Canadian participants:
Birds Canada/Oiseaux Canada
P.O. Box 160
Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0

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