Friday, February 15, 2013

Great Backyard Bird Count

Update Feb 23 2013

American has just completed its biggest Great Backyard Bird Count ever and in our Indian River neighborhoods we had 13 checklists submitted from 6 observers.   Together they identified 48 bird species.   Birds on everyone's checklist included the Carolina Chickadee and the Northern Cardinal.   One of the more rarely reported sightings was a quartet of Greater Scaup ducks.

Cumulative counts from the various checklists:

143 American Crow 34 Northern Cardinal
126 American Goldfinch 7 Downy Woodpecker 7 Northern Mockingbird
81 American Robin 2 Eastern Bluebird 3 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Belted Kingfisher 2 Eastern Towhee 4 Pine Siskin
34 Blue Jay 110 European Starling 4 Pine Warbler
7 Boat-tailed Grackle 4 Fox Sparrow 5 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Brown Pelican 1 Gray Catbird 10 Red-breasted Nuthatch
5 Brown Thrasher 3 Great Black-backed Gull 2 Red-tailed Hawk
50 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Great Egret 200 Red-winged Blackbird
26 Bufflehead 4 Greater Scaup 84 Ring-billed Gull
42 Canada Goose 1 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
33 Carolina Chickadee 1 hawk sp. 5 Song Sparrow
9 Carolina Wren 7 Hooded Merganser 10 Tufted Titmouse
32 Cedar Waxwing 71 House Finch 1 Turkey Vulture
105 Common Grackle 30 House Sparrow 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
32 crow sp. 13 Mallard 114 White-throated Sparrow
21 Dark-eyed Junco 97 Mourning Dove 10 Yellow-rumped Warbler

The group had a real treat at our meeting on Feb 14 as Anita and Anne from Wildbirds Unlimited talked to us about backyard birding - and even left us with some treats to share with our feathered friends.   We also discussed moving our meeting date and narrowed our consideration to the 1st Wednesday of the month starting in September.   Our next meeting will be Thursday, March 14 and Pam Fisher will be talking to us about Bees in our Garden.  On Saturday, March 16 we will have a volunteer event for our quarterly Adopt-A-Road cleanup along Indian River Road.

This weekend (Feb 15 thru 18) is the Great Backyard Bird Count.   Its an opportunity for everyone to participate in a fun and easy effort to counts birds around the nation.   This citizen effort provides valuable information to help determine what birds are where; the data is collected and analyzed by researchers at  Cornell Lab of Ornithology.   You can spend as little 15 minutes, or much of the weekend if you wish, watching birds in your backyard and reporting the count online.   For details and the link to submit your count, visit

If you do participate in the count, send a copy of count to   We would love to have a cumulative count of what was reported in our area.

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