I missed post 6700 as it went by. Hundreds don't seem as much a milestone as they did when I started.
My wife does the Audubon winter bird count every year. It is a single weekend, and one rule is that you can record only those birds you can see from your property. Hawks flying over your house count; hawks seen on the way to church do not. Also, the number of each species that you count are the maximum number that you see at any one time. If you see four Blue Jays at 7AM, and then three at 7:30AM, you do not add them. Four is the number you report.
Therefore, Sunday's count is less exciting, as one is seldom seeing much that is new, only counting to see if there are more Juncos at one go today than there were yesterday. With small birds flying in and out to the feeders, it is tough to count quickly enough and know what you are seeing. It first inspires humor, and then pity in the husband watching the wife do this. Unusual birds must be accompanied by a photograph to be counted.
This year's totals
7 Blue Jays
1 Downy Woodpecker
3 Mourning Doves
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 White Breasted Nuthatch
Amazing that they make it through a NH winter at all, really.
They also want account of the two types of squirrels here, red and gray. We had two gray squirrels.