365 Nature – Day 45

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count and we participated today. Although the weather was not ideal for birds, it’s been overcast with rain off and on all day, we still managed to rack up a number of species. Things started slow and I was not anticipating much counting, but after awhile of visiting various windows in our house I started adding one after another to our list. There were only 11 species total, compared to 17 I’ve counted just in our yard on a good day. This time I counted any bird I could see from my house which included a Bald Eagle. Near the end of our count the crows started flying south over our house to their nightly roost. By the time we ended I had counted 231 crows, I wonder what they’ll make of that number.

Here’s what we ended up with:

6 House Finches
2 Anna’s Hummingbird
1 Bald Eagle
231 American Crows
5 Black-capped Chickadees
1 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
5 Dark-eyed juncos
6 American Robins
4 Golden-crowned Sparrow
2 Stellers Jays
1 House Sparrow

There’s still one more day left to participate so if you haven’t had time to count yet, there’s still tomorrow. We may end up doing another count tomorrow. Visit Great Backyard Bird Count to participate.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She founded The Metropolitan Field Guide in 2009 and has contributed articles to aincluding Crosscut, ParentMap and National Wildlife Magazine. She holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

She is currently writing a book about urban nature to be published by Mountaineers Books in 2019.
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