A few days ago I was notified via email of the dates for the next Great Backyard Bird Count and can't wait. The 2010 edition will take place February 12-15, 2010. Thanks Clare for first letting me know about this citizen scientist project and getting me hooked. This will be my third year participating and unlike in past years I will have an actual backyard to scan. (Although I have to admit I'll miss the little hikes I had to take when I participated in the past two counts in Nunavut.) Being new to birding and new to Alberta I wasn't quite sure what to expect so I'm glad to have last year's results to rely on. A quick check of past lists submitted from Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche shows me I can expect to see plenty of Common Redpolls, Black-capped Chickadees, Pine Grosbeaks, Black-billed Magpies, Evening Grosbeaks, Common Ravens and maybe even some Snow Buntings.
This year will be different from the past two years, I have a nice deck from which to view our yard's winged creatures and Tamara has expressed some interest in providing an extra pair of eyes. I hope to have a decent set of field glasses to help me out as well. Now I just have to study up from my guides a bit so my eyes are on the sky and not glued to a book.