Tuesday, February 17, 2009

GBBC - still time to submit your bird count!

Have you submitted your backyard bird count to GBBC (Great Backyard Bird Count)? You still have time, the deadline is March 1st. Quoted from an email I received today from GBBC, "Results are rolling in for the 2009 GBBC. As of Tuesday morning, we had more than 59,000 checklists, a pace that could break the all-time record by March 1."
You can explore the results here. If you are a person who enjoys statistics there is a wealth of information to be found at this site concerning this year's bird count as well as previous years.

Don't forget wild turkeys are also included in this count - they are wild birds!

My count has been submitted and though I wished it could of included more species and been larger I know that each and every count is help to the research. My tally ended up being:

Chickadees 5; American Goldfinches 7; Red Polls 32; Blue Jays 7; Red-breasted Nuthatch 2; American Crows 3 and Wild turkeys 12.

The turkeys were an added suprise for me as it has been quite a spell since we have seen them wandering about our property. The twelve in the photos above wandered into our backyard following a snowmobile trail that goes through our property. They then followed our snow shoe trails and ended up in an old orchard in front of one my game cameras where they found some oats and cut up apples. Saying to myself, ok they found the food they'll be back again tomorrow, not the case, they haven't been seen since. So very different than a couple years back when we could see wild turkeys almost any time of day every day of the week!

Enjoy your day :) Coppertop

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