The Great Backyard Bird Count Goes Global! February 15th – 18th

by Larry Jordan on February 14, 2013

Evening Grosbeak, Pine Siskin and Lesser Goldfinch, GBBCEvening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus), Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) & Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)

What is the Great Backyard Bird Count?

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Everyone is welcome–from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds!

Why Count Birds?

Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document and understand the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time.

How Do I Participate?

  1. Create a GBBC account. It’s easy. Just go to their website and click on “Submit your bird checklist” at the top of the page
  2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC.
  3. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking “Submit Your Bird Checklist” at the top of this page


Evening Grosbeaks and Pine Siskin at Feeder

Like I said, it’s easy, it’s fun, and most of all, it helps birds! So don’t delay! Head on over to The Great Backyard Bird Count website and start counting!

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Gail February 15, 2013 at 4:10 am

Thank you for explaining exactly what this is and where to go to log results. I’m going to do it! Yesterday, a group of three birders saw a razorback at a river in Lake Charles, LA. They think Superstorm Sandy may be responsible for driving these birds so far south. Love your shots of the grosbeaks!


TexWisGirl February 15, 2013 at 7:30 am

love the grosbeaks. so pretty!


Wally February 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Looks like our county effort will exceed last year’s by almost 40 species! It was fun, but unusually cold!


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