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GBBC 2013

Published February 27, 2013
Tags: My Feeders, GBBC, Great Backyard Bird Count, Red-tailed Hawk, Short Eared Owl

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  It's a fun activity and if you've never done it, I highly recommend it.
  1. It's FUN!
  2. It's a great family activity that kids will LOVE to do along with you.
  3. The counts you submit help scientists make important determinations about a species' population status, the effects of our changing climate, and more.
While I counted the birds that came to my feeders, I took some photos, which I'm posting below. During the count, I took a couple of short trips: one to the Dunkirk Harbor to find the Greater White-fronted Goose - and a second trip back out to Medina to show my son the Short Eared Owls.

I didn't submit counts for those trips, but I DID keep track of the number of hawks I saw for both trips!  It's amazing how many hawks, especially Red-tails are around. I never found the GWFG, but Tom and I did get to see several SEOWs; we really enjoyed the shows they put on!

Count Day 1 (Feb 15, 2013):
Downy Woodpecker - 2
American Crow - 3
Black-capped Chickadee - 2
Tufted Titmouse - 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
Dark-eyed Junco - 2
Northern Cardinal - 2
House Finch -2

Count Day 2 (Feb 16, 2013):
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow - 1
Black-capped Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse - 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 6
Northern Cardinal - 3
House Finch -2
Common Redpoll - 1
American Goldfinch - 7
House Sparrow - 11

Count Day 3 (Feb. 17, 2013):
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 2
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow - 1
Black-capped Chickadee - 2
Tufted Titmouse - 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
American Tree Sparrow - 3
Dark-eyed Junco - 3
Northern Cardinal - 4
House Finch -3
Common Redpoll - 3
Pine Siskin - 3
American Goldfinch - 7

Count Day 4 (Feb. 18, 2013):
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow - 1
Black-capped Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse - 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
American Tree Sparrow - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 3
Northern Cardinal - 3
American Goldfinch - 11
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Downy Woodpecker
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Northern Cardinal (female)
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White-breasted Nuthatch
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Common Redpoll (male)
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Common Redpoll (male)
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Common Redpoll (male)
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Tufted Titmouse tries out my new WBU peanut feeder!
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Red-breasted Nuthatch
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House Finch (male)
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House Finch (male)
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House Finch (female)
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Dark-eyed Junco
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Snow Buntings! This was a lifer for me!
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Snow Bunting and a Horned Lark (Medina trip)
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Short-eared Owl (Medina trip)
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Short-eared Owl (Medina trip)
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Short-eared Owl (Medina trip)
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Short-eared Owl (Medina trip)