Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Great Backyard Bird Count

In pictures!

Common Grackle
Northern Cardinal - Male
Northern Cardinal - Female
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
Tufted Titmouse
Mourning Dove
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Siskin
American Robin

Red-winged Black Bird

White-throated Sparrow
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Not shown but seen in our yard today were Turkey Vulture, Bluejay, and Northern Flicker.


The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project were one counts the species and individuals of each in their "backyard". Where backyard can be any patch of land (we used our yard and birded from inside the house. It was very cold and windy out!). Each counter or team of counters must count for at least fifteen minutes. You can, and we did, go longer. The counts are reported, most often now with eBird, and the results shown in pretty much real time, giving a snapshot of where the birds are.

The count period this year is Friday February 12th through Monday February 15th, so you still have time to get in on the action. Over 100,000 people worldwide are expected to participate.

It is easy, fun, and free! So why don't you give it a try. Tell them MevetS sent you.

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