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Great Backyard Bird Count 2013 Results!

The Delaware River at Battery Park in New Castle, Delaware on 18 February 2013. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

I started the GBBC off birding at the Newark Reservoir with Mason and Becky. I then drove home Friday afternoon picking up GBBC birds and county ticks along the way using BirdLog (more on that later). Saturday I worked some fields around Luthersburg in Clearfield County, PA and found a huge flock of 107 Common Redpolls foraging in corn stubble and a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk. Those were by far the best birds of the weekend. I county-ticked my way back to Newark Sunday afternoon. To round out the GBBC, Alan Kneidel and I spent almost two hours at Battery Park in New Castle County sifting through the gull flock. We didn’t find any interesting gulls, but we did have several Great Cormorants, a Northern Pintail, and a Northern Harrier.

Here is a photo of the Common Redpolls in flight after a Cooper’s Hawk flushed them while they were foraging in the corn stubble. Check out this photo of the entire flock: http://flic.kr/p/dVx97u

Common Redpolls - Pennsylvania

Common Redpolls along Wells Rd. in Luthersburg, PA on 16 February 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Feb 15, 2013 to Feb 18, 2013

Number of Checklists: 63
Number of Species: 55

1478 Canada Goose — (1),(2),(4),(11),(25),(59),(60),(62),(63)
64 Mallard — (1),(33),(63)
1 Mallard (Domestic type) — (1)
1 Northern Pintail — (63)
2 Ring-necked Duck — (1)
37 Lesser Scaup — (1)
9 Common Merganser — (1)
25 Wild Turkey — (30)
5 Double-crested Cormorant — (63)
6 Great Cormorant — (63)
1 Great Blue Heron — (63)
6 Black Vulture — (24),(27)
33 Turkey Vulture — (6),(7),(8),(10),(11),(14),(16),(17),(23),(27),(29),(56)
1 Northern Harrier — (63)
2 Cooper’s Hawk — (9),(49)
2 Bald Eagle — (63)
1 Red-shouldered Hawk — (56)
15 Red-tailed Hawk — (4),(5),(19),(23),(24),(25),(26),(37),(44),(47),(49),(50),(53)
1 Rough-legged Hawk — (50)
1040 Ring-billed Gull — (1),(5),(28),(63)
7 Herring Gull (American) — (5),(58),(63)
1 Great Black-backed Gull — (63)
3004 gull sp. — (17),(60),(63)
570 Rock Pigeon — (2),(4),(5),(8),(10),(13),(14),(15),(16),(19),(20),(21),(22),(23),(25),(26),(27),(28),(32),(33),(36),(51),(55),(63)
32 Mourning Dove — (1),(3),(9),(12),(15),(16),(17),(18),(19),(20),(24),(57),(59),(63)
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker — (52)
2 Downy Woodpecker — (1),(52)
2 American Kestrel — (16),(37)
10 Blue Jay — (1),(29),(34),(44),(49),(61)
58 American Crow — (1),(7),(20),(23),(28),(29),(34),(36),(37),(38),(39),(41),(45),(47),(49),(51),(52),(58),(63)
12002 Fish Crow — (1),(9),(63)
11 crow sp. — (1),(17),(55),(58),(61)
4 Horned Lark — (44)
11 Black-capped Chickadee — (34),(44),(45)
4 Tufted Titmouse — (1),(2),(34),(52)
4 White-breasted Nuthatch — (34),(35)
4 Carolina Wren — (1),(61)
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet — (1),(34)
4 Eastern Bluebird — (1)
119 American Robin — (1),(59),(60),(61),(62),(63)
1 Northern Mockingbird — (61)
859 European Starling — (1),(2),(4),(5),(8),(9),(10),(17),(18),(21),(23),(24),(25),(37),(39),(42),(52),(54),(57),(58),(60),(62),(63)
3 American Tree Sparrow — (52)
4 Savannah Sparrow — (1)
5 Song Sparrow — (1),(58),(63)
2 White-throated Sparrow — (1)
1 Dark-eyed Junco — (44)
3 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) — (35),(52)
10 Northern Cardinal — (1),(2),(35),(60)
482 Red-winged Blackbird — (1),(58),(59),(60)
42 Common Grackle — (31),(58)
450 blackbird sp. — (1),(59)
15 House Finch — (1),(2),(20),(35),(52),(58),(61)
30 Common Redpoll — (49)
5 House Sparrow — (13),(52)

This trip summary was created using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.
See BirdLog for more information.

The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today!

The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today! The GBBC is GLOBAL this year and is hooked up with eBird. Where are you birding this weekend? Let us know in the comments and make sure to submit your sightings to eBird or the GBBC site!

 

BirdLog is on sale for $0.99!

BirdLog is now on sale for $0.99, through February 18, to support and promote entering your sightings to eBird during the Great Backyard Bird Count!

From Birdseye:

“Our mission is to promote the accurate and frequent use of eBird, and eBird and GBBC are merging this year, so we are proud to support the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count by lowering the price of all regional versions of BirdLog to just 99¢ for the duration of the count, through Feb. 18.  We hope this great price will attract more birders and provide more higher quality data for the GBBC!”

 

Read the entire article here: http://bit.ly/YUQPTr

Make sure to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 15 – 18 and use BirdLog or your computer to submit your sightings to eBird!

You can purchase BirdLog for both iOS and Android for $0.99 through February 18.

iTunes – http://bit.ly/11qX96J
Google Play Store –  http://bit.ly/UBZM2G

Last day in the books.

Well, the last day of the GBBC has come and gone. I only submitted two checklists totaling ten species. It was not my best effort, but I gave it all I had.

Dark-eyed Junco in my yard on 2/20/2012

male Eastern Bluebird in my yard on 2/20/2012

Here are the checklists:

Kramer Rd. (Kay’s House), Jefferson, US-PA
Feb 20, 2012 10:44 AM – 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
7 species

Rock Pigeon  12
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
American Crow  35
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
House Sparrow  18

Home, Indiana, US-PA
Feb 20, 2012 4:14 PM – 4:33 PM
Protocol: Area
11.0 ac
5 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Crow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Eastern Bluebird  4
Dark-eyed Junco  16

Day three in the books.

DuBois Reservoir on 2/19/2012

The third day of the GBBC was better than the first two, combined. I was able to put more effort into the count and was able to track down more species.

Great Blue Heron rookery being taken over by Bald Eagles. Sick.

Bald Eagles nesting on a Great Blue Heron Rookery near DuBois, Pennsylvania on 2/19/2012

adult Bald Eagle off Rt. 255 near DuBois, Pennsylvania on 2/19/2012

Here are the checklists from the day:

Kramer Rd. (Kay’s House), Jefferson, US-PA
Feb 19, 2012 10:43 AM – 12:01 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
20 species

Canada Goose  6
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon  7
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  20
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
European Starling  10
Song Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  11
Northern Cardinal  2
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  23

Tannery Dam, Clearfield, US-PA
Feb 19, 2012 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
4 species

Canada Goose  13
Mallard  15
Ring-billed Gull  1
American Crow  3

United Electric, Clearfield, US-PA
Feb 19, 2012 2:05 PM – 2:20 PM
Protocol: Stationary
3 species

Bald Eagle  2
Rock Pigeon  13
American Crow  4

DuBois Reservoir, Clearfield, US-PA
Feb 19, 2012 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
4 species

Mallard  5
American Crow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Northern Cardinal  1

Platt Rd. Wetland, Clearfield, US-PA
Feb 19, 2012 3:05 PM – 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
6 species

Mallard  5
Hooded Merganser  1
Bald Eagle  2
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Northern Cardinal  1

We count all birds for the GBBC.

Day two in the books.

Kramer Rd. last fall

Day two of the Great Backyard Bird Count went a little better than the first, although I didn’t get to bird as much as I wanted…again.

Kramer Rd. (Kay’s House), Jefferson, US-PA
Feb 18, 2012 10:39 AM – 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
9 species

Canada Goose 29
Rock Pigeon 12
American Crow 60
Horned Lark 5
European Starling 25
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 23
House Sparrow 10

Salizzoni Associates, Jefferson, US-PA
Feb 18, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
4 species

Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Crow 1
American Robin 3
American Goldfinch 1

First day in the books.

My backyard on 2/17/2012

Yesterday was the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. I was not able to do as much birding as I wanted, but I was still able to submit a couple of checklists. Check them out and let us know what you saw.

Home, Indiana, US-PA
Feb 17, 2012 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
3 species

American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  4

Tannery Dam, Clearfield, US-PA
Feb 17, 2012 3:40 PM – 3:55 PM
Protocol: Stationary
3 species

Mallard  28
American Crow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1

 

I did poorly the first day of the count due to lack of effort, so hopefully I can do better throughout the rest of the GBBC!