Monday, February 20, 2012

Our Observations and Results for the Great Backyard Bird Count!

For the past 2 days, John and I have been observing birds and taking notes for the Great Backyard Count. We revisited a few pointers for identification such as with the woodpeckers, the Downy Woodpecker has a short beak, white back and black dots on the white outer section of the tail whereas the Hairy Woodpecker, which looks very similar, is bigger and has a longer beak. Can you figure out which one is which from these amazing illustrations from online?

Then, for the iridescent black birds. The European Starlings are smaller and compact with short tails and yellow beaks this time of year and usually fly in quick moving flocks whereas the Common Grackle is larger with a long keel-shaped tail and dark beak. Which one is which?

Finally, here are the results of our Great Backyard Bird Count:

Locality: 18901, Doylestown, Bucks County, PA
Observation Date: FEB 19, 2012
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Snow Depth: No snow was present
Total Birding Time: 4 hours
Location Type: Yard
Party Size: 2
Skill: good
Weather: good
deciduous woods
Number of species: 14
All Reported: no
Turkey Vulture3
Red-tailed Hawk1
Mourning Dove3
Red-bellied Woodpecker1
Downy Woodpecker1
Blue Jay3
American Crow3
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee2
European Starling12
Song Sparrow3
Dark-eyed Junco13
Northern Cardinal3
Common Grackle3
House Finch1

There is still one more day to observe. Wow, I see a Northern Flicker on the feeder. Got to go!

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