Calling all bird counters and a gang of turkeys

Bird Census

2010 is a great year for statisticians and bird lovers. April 1st is National Census Day and February 13 is the Great Backyard Bird Count. That’s right, it’s a census for birds. The National Audubon Society is holding a bird count and they’re counting on the public to help.

“Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from novice bird watchers to experts. Participants count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org.”

The national count will begin on On February 13 at 10:30 a.m. Great Backyard Bird Count

Gang of Turkeys

“Gang of turkeys terrorizes Athens neighborhood” is the title to an interesting article from the Augusta Chronicle about two highly aggressive turkeys attacking people in a small neighborhood. Wild turkeys are very cautious birds and will flee from any harmful situation, especially situations involving humans. Yet these turkeys seemed determined and fearless because they went from lawn to lawn charging at humans yielding anything from brooms to pool sticks. This gang of turkeys were unfortunately put down by the Department of Natural Resources. Gang of turkeys article

Bird Baby

A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to an article that compared the behavior of birds to schools of fish. The article that was referenced stated that birds change direction simultaneously as if they were communicating to evade predators. This week I found a very interesting photo of what a “school of birds” created.

Link to full story: Birds flock together to create big baby in the sky