The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place Fri, Feb 12 – Mon. Feb 15 this year. Participation is easy but the weather is not cooperating so far. Today at the lake shore we have 18 degrees, snow, and winds gusting to a bit above 20 mph. I saw 12 House Sparrows, 1 American Crow, and 6 gulls overhead. Against the white sky, I could not positively identify the gulls which were about 200 ft up. Not terribly exciting, but getting out and moving was nice. Will try again tomorrow.