Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

February 17, 2012

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Filed under: For the Birds — Karma @ 5:13 pm
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Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Why not think about participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count?  I just found out about this today.

As it happens, I was reading this blog post of Robin’s, and that reminded me that I hadn’t been over to Bob’s site for a few days, where I read this post, and left a comment about spotting bluebirds.  That caused me to pop over to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (handy link over there in my side bar, if you are interested) to find out about the Eastern Bluebird’s winter range.  While I was over there, I found out about the Great Backyard Bird Count.

It sounds pretty easy and fun to participate.  You can download a tally sheet saying what birds are likely to be spotted in your area in February and watch a short video about how to participate.  Its quite easy: watch and identify birds for at least 15 minutes each day, then submit your tally for that day online.  You will even be entered for drawings for neat bird stuff like feeders, books and binoculars (I think – I hope I am remembering that video correctly!)

The GBBC actually started today – I watched birds for a few minutes and thought about putting in my count for today, but I don’t think it’d be accurate since I hadn’t found out about the GBBC at the time I was watching.  That is, however, when I got that picture up there of the lovely Mrs. C.

The GBBC runs through Monday, so it seems like a fun thing to do for a long weekend.  If you have an interest in birds, why don’t you join me this weekend?


  1. The GBBC should be a fun thing. I might do that, and by the way, thanks for the link to my blog, Karen. I appreciate it.

    Comment by Bob Zeller — February 17, 2012 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

    • I bet you could give the GBBC a great list for your part of Texas!

      Comment by Karma — February 18, 2012 @ 8:45 am | Reply

  2. I love the experience of bouncing from one Blog to another. The Blog-o-sphere can be a treasure trove of info.

    The backyard bird count is a wonderful idea … I’ll see what I can learn about it here in Canada.

    Comment by Sybil — February 17, 2012 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

    • There was a mention on the home page about a Canadian sponsor for this project, so I’m sure you could participate Sybil!

      Comment by Karma — February 18, 2012 @ 8:45 am | Reply

  3. She’s a beauty. I miss cardinals. They’re around here, of course, just not in my yard. Maybe I’ll go sit over at Cora Stoppert’s and watch birds this weekend.

    Comment by Gerry — February 17, 2012 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

    • I hope you do! Be sure to post some pictures if you take any!

      Comment by Karma — February 18, 2012 @ 8:46 am | Reply

  4. I keep meaning to do this every year, and every year I forget. I think my biggest problem is in identifying the birds. There are some I just can’t figure out, including the hawk of a few weeks ago, but apparently the experts disagree on it as well. Even David Sibley of Sibley’s Guide to Birds weighed in on it when I posted at the Whatbird forum. Half the folks say Cooper’s Hawk and the other half say Northern Goshawk. One or two in the middle think it’s a crossbreed.

    Beautiful capture. Is that a cardinal or a finch? (See what I mean about not being able to identify birds? LOL!)

    Comment by Robin — February 18, 2012 @ 10:15 am | Reply

    • If you want to give it a try, Robin, the site is quite helpful! When you log in with your zip code, it pops up a list of commonly sighted birds in your area, with links to identifying the birds. I thought it was pretty easy to use, and it helped me tell the difference between different types of sparrows.

      My picture up there is a female cardinal.

      Comment by Karma — February 18, 2012 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

  5. I love my backyard birds! And I think they love me back, they sure tell me about an empty feeder, that’s for sure. I think they call me the crazy dog lady, but they don’t wait long after I fill up the feeders to flock right back and start pigging out.

    Lovely shot of Ms. C! I haven’t been successful with photographing them, though I had a lovely shot of gold finches waiting in line for the bird bath until Katie jumped up on a chair and barked! LOL!

    Comment by Dawn — February 18, 2012 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

    • I’ve never managed a good shot of gold finches. I don’t often see them in the dead of winter. I’d love to see it if you do get one.

      Comment by Karma — February 19, 2012 @ 8:38 am | Reply

  6. Nice shot! 🙂
    I never really paid that much attention to the birds around here..

    Comment by TheDailyClick — February 19, 2012 @ 6:55 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. I bet you have some interesting birds there – and different from what I usually see. Maybe you could try pointing your lens at them some time! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — February 19, 2012 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  7. How neat! I’ve been watching the birds frommy kitchen window (great view of the birdfeeder right outside) but never thought to ID or count the different species!

    I video on the site was very helpful.

    Comment by milkayphoto — February 19, 2012 @ 11:17 am | Reply

    • It isn’t too late to participate!

      Comment by Karma — February 19, 2012 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

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