The 16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count a Huge Success

by Larry Jordan on February 20, 2013

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Male, Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) Male and Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) photos by Larry Jordan

Even though the Great Backyard Bird Count is still accepting check list submissions until March 1st, it is already a huge success. They already have 2,994 species recorded (at this posting) and over 23 million birds counted across the globe. So far bird watchers have submitted 114,050 check lists!

My list for the first day of the GBBC included 24 species, all observed from my yard in Northern California. Here are a few of the birds I counted in my yard on Friday, February 15th.

No yard list this time of year would be complete without the Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis).

Dark-eyed Junco

I spotted two Eurasian Collard-Doves (Streptopelia decaocto)…

Eurasian Collard-Dove

and a male Nuttall’s Woodpecker (Picides nuttallii).

Nuttall's Woodpecker

I only saw one Purple Finch and there were only a few House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) around.

House Finch

My resident White-breasted Nuthatches (Sitta carolinensis) were present…

White-breasted Nuthatch

and the Red-breasted Nuthatches (Sitta canadensis) that arrived back in September.

Red-breated Nuthatch

The Pine Siskins (Spinus pinus) have been here in large numbers, but not for this count…

Pine Siskin

and the Evening Grosbeaks (Coccothraustes vespertinus) never disappoint. This is the male…

Evening Grosbeak

and the equally gorgeous female Evening Grosbeak.

Evening Grosbeak

This is my Friday list for all the birds seen in or over my yard between 7am and 9am for the 16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count:

  1. Mourning Dove – 12
  2. Anna’s Hummingbird – 1
  3. Lesser Goldfinch – 4
  4. American Robin – 7
  5. Western Bluebird – 2
  6. Spotted Towhee – 2
  7. Acorn Woodpecker – 2
  8. Northern Flicker – 1
  9. Red-shouldered Hawk – 1 (fly over)
  10. Oak Titmouse – 2
  11. Western Scrub-Jay – 7
  12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
  13. Evening Grosbeak – 38
  14. Dark-eyed Junco – 12
  15. California Quail – 7
  16. Pine Siskin – 8
  17. Red-breasted Nuthatch – 2
  18. White-breasted Nuthatch – 2
  19. House Finch – 2
  20. Purple Finch – 1
  21. Eurasian Collard-Dove – 2
  22. Hermit Thrush – 1
  23. Turkey Vuture – 7
  24. Tundra Swan – 30 (fly over)

For more great birding fun, catch Wild Bird Wednesday and The Bird D’pot.

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Carletta February 20, 2013 at 12:31 am

I sometimes think my yard is full of birds but looking at your list my yard isn’t nearly as abundant with them . Perhaps I’ll sit for a time and actually count.
I’m amazed you captured three species together in that first shot – well done!


Eileen February 20, 2013 at 1:53 am

Larry, I am glad the GBBC was a huge success. You have wonderful birds in your yard. THe Evening Grosbeaks are one of my favorites. Beautiful birds and photos.


Stewart M February 20, 2013 at 3:15 am

Great set of pictures – and a good yard list – I’ll have to post a list next year if the count remains international!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M – Melbourne


Anni@I'd Rather B Birdin' February 20, 2013 at 4:23 am

Marvelous. That very first photo, a triple treat…all in one. That was truly being in the right place at the right time. All of your shares, as always, is fantastic. PS…wish I would have known about the GBBC – I could’ve counted dozens of sparrows. LOL They overrun our feeders.


Gail February 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

I had so much fun with the GBBC, participating all four days. Got to see some new species which was very exciting. Love your shots here, especially the grosbeak.


TexWisGirl February 20, 2013 at 8:15 am

awesome opening shot showing 3 species at once!


Boom & Gary February 20, 2013 at 9:24 am

Nice captures Larry. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.


Wally February 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

Splendid photos and congratulations on a nice list! We had a blast and the county total exceeded last year’s by a good margin.


Sam Brunson February 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Great pics! I got 2 new feeder birds during this years GBBC.


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