The 16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count a Huge Success

by Larry Jordan on February 20, 2013

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Male, Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) Male and Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) photos by Larry Jordan

Even though the Great Backyard Bird Count is still accepting check list submissions until March 1st, it is already a huge success. They already have 2,994 species recorded (at this posting) and over 23 million birds counted across the globe. So far bird watchers have submitted 114,050 check lists!

My list for the first day of the GBBC included 24 species, all observed from my yard in Northern California. Here are a few of the birds I counted in my yard on Friday, February 15th.

No yard list this time of year would be complete without the Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis).

Dark-eyed Junco

I spotted two Eurasian Collard-Doves (Streptopelia decaocto)…

Eurasian Collard-Dove

and a male Nuttall’s Woodpecker (Picides nuttallii).

Nuttall's Woodpecker

I only saw one Purple Finch and there were only a few House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) around.

House Finch

My resident White-breasted Nuthatches (Sitta carolinensis) were present…

White-breasted Nuthatch

and the Red-breasted Nuthatches (Sitta canadensis) that arrived back in September.

Red-breated Nuthatch

The Pine Siskins (Spinus pinus) have been here in large numbers, but not for this count…

Pine Siskin

and the Evening Grosbeaks (Coccothraustes vespertinus) never disappoint. This is the male…

Evening Grosbeak

and the equally gorgeous female Evening Grosbeak.

Evening Grosbeak

This is my Friday list for all the birds seen in or over my yard between 7am and 9am for the 16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count:

  1. Mourning Dove – 12
  2. Anna’s Hummingbird – 1
  3. Lesser Goldfinch – 4
  4. American Robin – 7
  5. Western Bluebird – 2
  6. Spotted Towhee – 2
  7. Acorn Woodpecker – 2
  8. Northern Flicker – 1
  9. Red-shouldered Hawk – 1 (fly over)
  10. Oak Titmouse – 2
  11. Western Scrub-Jay – 7
  12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
  13. Evening Grosbeak – 38
  14. Dark-eyed Junco – 12
  15. California Quail – 7
  16. Pine Siskin – 8
  17. Red-breasted Nuthatch – 2
  18. White-breasted Nuthatch – 2
  19. House Finch – 2
  20. Purple Finch – 1
  21. Eurasian Collard-Dove – 2
  22. Hermit Thrush – 1
  23. Turkey Vuture – 7
  24. Tundra Swan – 30 (fly over)

For more great birding fun, catch Wild Bird Wednesday and The Bird D’pot.

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