Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird Count

Button with a bird and The Great Backyard Bird Count February 13 to 16Every year citizen scientists report their bird sightings each day over a four day period in February. This year the Great Backyard Bird Count is February 13 through 16. This is a huge effort to record changes and trends in birds.

It is a great activity for individuals, families, or groups to take part in citizen science.

Check out the link and consider taking part this year.

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Great Backyard Bird Count

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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 Crow 1 1
American Robin 1
American Tree Sparrow 3 3
Black Capped Chickadee 2 2 1
Blue Jay 3 3
Cardinal 4 5 5
Cooper’s Hawk 1 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2 1
Downy Woodpecker 1 2
European Starling 1
House Finch 1 4
House Sparrow 34 44 40
Mourning Doves 2 2 1
Red Bellied Woodpecker 1 1
Tufted Titmouse 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.

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Great Backyard Bird Count – February 20, 2012

Birds Seen:

  • Starlings
  • Mourning Doves
  • Northern Cardinals
  • English Sparrows
  • Chickadees
  • House Finch
  • Blue Jays
  • Brown Headed Cowbirds
  • American Tree Sparrows
  • Song Sparrows

We took our annual trip today to visit a specific wet area at Turkey Run State Park for the look at first flowering plant of the season – Skunk Cabbage.  My dad took me there when I was young and I have continued that tradition with my daughter – even to today. She’s always, well, almost always, game for my adventures. We usually don’t have a chance to go look for the skunk cabbage until early March, but since I had President’s Day off from school and she is presently working from home, we went on a Monday.

We left home about 9 with temperatures below freezing, but the sun was shining and the sky was that beautiful blue that only winter can bring.

We saw our FOY (first of the year) red-wing blackbird in his full regalia on our way there. It is always so good to see the FOY birds. It brings us a little closer to Spring!

We always park at the Lusk Home and then walk over the covered bridge on Trail 1. There is a boggy area just a ways down the trail and on the left that usually has some blooming, but we only found one. They are hard to spot at first, but usually once you find one, the rest come into focus!

We walked on down the trail and looked at the boggy area on the right after the trail turns back west.  There were lots of them blooming! We took several pictures before we left.

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We saw a bluebird flying around by the parking area there at the Lusk home. We also saw a downy or hairy woodpecker and a tufted titmouse.

We then went north to Shades State Park – our favorite place in the world! I was hoping to find Harbinger of Spring – Pepper and Salt – Erigenia bulbosa in bloom, but decided it might be a bit early.  We’ll come back in a couple of weeks. We instead took our favorite loop around the top of trail one.

We saw two Pileated Woodpeckers, a red-headed woodpecker, turkey vultures and then a red tail hawk working on its lunch in the ditch as we left.

We headed north and west through Kingman to Lake Holiday Hideaway to look at the swans. When I volunteered to help at the Turkey Run Eagle Day Weekend, we were giving out maps of Eagle nests and also of the location of the swans. We didn’t have time that day to go there, so we went to look at them today.

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Great Backyard Bird Count – February 19, 2012

Species Seen:

  • American Tree Sparrows
  • Northern Cardinals
  • Juncos
  • Blue Jays
  • Song Sparrows
  • English Sparrows
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Great Backyard Bird Count – February 18, 2012

Species Noted:

  • Northern Cardinal
  • English Sparrows
  • American Crow
  • Starlings
  • House Finches
  • Juncos
  • American Robin (FOY)
  • Mourning Doves
  • Black Capped Chickadees
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Great Backyard Bird Count – February 17, 2012

Species Seen:

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red Bellied Woodpecker
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