As I have in the past few years, I counted birds in my backyard for the Great Backyard Bird Count. It takes place February 15, 16, 17 and 18. All they (GBBC is a joint project of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada) ask you to do is count the highest number of each species seen during your reported period. This can be as little as 15 minutes a day. The hardest part of this is counting the little spatzies that flock to my tray feeder each day. I know I am not “supposed” to like House Sparrows as they are not native, but they are very beautiful birds.
My counts for the day are:
|Species||February 15||February 16||February 17||February 18|
|American Tree Sparrow||3||3|
|Black Capped Chickadee||2||2||1|
|Red Bellied Woodpecker||1||1|
|White Breasted Nuthatch||2||1|
|Time Counted||2 hours 15 minutes||6 hours 30 minutes||30 minutes||Was not able to keep count|
As usual family obligations and something called jobs, prevented us from counting much on all days, but the count is a pretty good overall picture of our backyard birds. The Mourning Dove count is way down from several years ago. 2010 saw 30-50 birds.