Did you know that February was declared National Bird Feeding Month more than 10 years ago? I didn't know until I heard ...
Sunday Baroque will honor National Bird Feeding Month on February 8 by featuring classical music which imitates European cuckoos, nightingales, European goldfinches (shown here) and swans.
Why so many European birds? Because most classical music composers lived in Europe; those are the birds they knew.
And finally, February 13 to 16 will be the 2009 Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual four-day bird counting extravaganza across North America! From the warmth of your home you can count birds in your backyard for as little or as long as you like, then add your information to the website. It's really easy to do and your data helps bird science. Sign up here and fill your bird feeders!
p.s. It would be lovely - but impossible - to have two European goldfinches at my feeder. Aren't they beautiful?
(photo of European goldfinches (not in North America!) from Wikimedia Commons via the Attribution 2.0 License)