Saturday, February 18, 2012

Backyard Bird Count

Good morning Folks,

Just a quick heads up. This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. So while your gazing out the window, trying to come up with an Exciting X haiku for Moi's challenge this week. Count the birds you see, tally them up and send the count in.

So far today we've counted: 179 Lesser Scaup, 28 Seagulls, 8 Crows and 2 Geese.


Boxer said...

Sir, you have a ton of birds in your 'hood! Are you sure you're just really tired and your eyes are seeing double? :-)

Thanks for the tip. No birds today because of high wind and rain, but tomorrow will be quiet so I'll start counting the.

chickory said...

I have goldfinches, cardinals, starlings, red-winged blackbirds, blue jays, titmice, chickadees, several sparrow species, crow, red tailed hawk, red bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker, mourning doves, eastern towhee, brown thrasher, cowbirds, and bluebirds.

no sea birds though. you ocean people have the best of both worlds.

troll said...

A big white heron (i think). Half a dozen small brown ones. A big flock of black ones fleeing weather to the east. Perhaps 24actually landed for a rest here out of that big flock.

The one I think is a heron hangs out here all the time.

That's today. I'd guess 20 different kinds hang out here over the course of a year.

chickory said...

robins, carolina wren. purple finches, mockingbird

Karl said...

Boxer: The Scaup's spent the night in the lee of the boat. We counted them as they left, as the wind started coming up in the morning. The diving ducks (like Scaups and Canvas backs) we welcome as they still migrate. The Canadian geese are really becoming a problem, many no longer migrate and they are literally fouling the waters.

Today all's we had were a few seagulls and about 200 geese.

Chickory: What a wonderful variety you have. Mrs. K wouldn't let me count the few land birds I saw on our run this morning, because they weren't in our backyard.

Troll: A Snowy Egret maybe? Herons are a lot of fun to watch. I could probably learn a thing or two from them regarding patients and fishing.

Chickory: That a girl. Good job.

chickory said...

I counted the ones I could see in my neighbors yard - she isnt doing the count so....

Buzz Kill said...

I saw 2 little birds in the feeder today - and that's it. They might have been Black-capped Chickadees. I've actually been smelling more skunks in the neighborhood then birds seen. Weird for early February. I think the mild weather is messing them up. I smelled one every day this week and The Pudge and I saw a dead one today. Maybe it really is the end of the world.

Pam said...

Wow, would love to see that variety. I did see a huge gaggle of Robins on the office lawn this past week. Never have seen so many at one time! Big robins, baby robins, mama robins, teen robins. All sizes and shapes. It made me happy.

moi said...

Every day in Snow White's Freakin' Wilderness Sanctuary is bird count day!

Let's see, right now we have the arrival of the mountain Chickadee, with its distinctive tee-tee-tee-tee, and I can hear the robins trilling in the trees, but they have not yet come down to the feeders. I think I also spotted a western blue bird pair the other afternoon. Very rare, but they're making a comeback. So pretty.

Ever present: White-winged dove, nuthatches, Rufous-sided towhees, canyon towhees, house, raven, scrub jays, bush tits, titmice, and Northern flickers still heavy in the brush.

Was on a run in the hills early last week and saw so many turkey tracks, it looked like more than a couple harems has gone through there. No actual turkeys themselves, though, although at least 2-3 times a year, I run into a Tom ushering his girls across the road and in late spring, you can hear them gobble in the hills.

Kymical Reactions said...

I've been gone so long I'm missing out on something called the Backyard Bird Count? I could play along if I could count crows in my driveway wallowing in the shade cast by my truck. :/

Karl said...

Chickory: That seems like a good idea to me.

Buzz Kill: This weather is weird. We have daffodils and crocuses coming up already. If it is the end of the world.You suppose it could happen before the election, so we don't have to listen to all the adds.

Pam: Robins are another bird that has stopped migrating. We have them year round now. What about yours?

Moi: That's quite a variety must be fun to watch.

Funny I would not have thought about turkey's near you. Neat that you have them.

Kym: Hey stranger, nice to see you. Any birds count, doesn't matter what type.

All: Follow up comments have stopped being sent to my e-mail. Anyone know how to fix the problem?

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Anonymous said...

Boat backyard? How do you know where to quit counting?

Chickory had a wonderful eastern woodland variety! Moi had some cool birds (wrens!), we are enough further north we have less variety.

We presently have winter residents and irruptives. The spring migrant rush hits in May – still a ways out. Around here were: house finch, house sparrow, black-capped chickadee, red-winged blackbird, northern harrier, northern flicker (red-shafted), common raven, rough-legged hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, Eurasian collared dove, rock dove, dark-eyed junco, bald eagle (immature), ring-necked pheasant, American robin, mallard, black-billed magpie, American goldfinch, pine siskin, American kestrel, and Canada goose. We have a few others in the area, but not right here.

Nice writeup on the glass drilling analysis.


Scott Legler said...

robins, carolina wren. purple finches, mockingbird