Great Backyard Bird Count Results for Cloudy Way

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Posted by justtracy | Posted in Birding | Posted on 01-03-2014

Bluebirds on suet nugget feeder.

Bluebirds on suet nugget feeder. Photo by Bill Blevins

The 2014 Great Backyard Bird was February 14-17.  This was my 4th year participating. I always look forward to this fun winter time activity.

I finally got around to updating my own list of birds that I counted this year in my backyard with a total of 21 guest of honor species and a total of 118 birds.

2014 Great Backyard Bird Count
Cloudy Way Results

The Top Five Species:
Common Grackle 30
American Goldfinch 24
Dark-eyed Junco 20
Eastern Bluebird 6
Northern Cardinal 5

The Grackles bombed my bird count on day two but only made a brief stay.  The Bluebird activity this year was awesome. For the first time they discovered  my suet nugget feeder and dominated it. I guess a sign of a harsh winter.

Also sighted: What I strongly believe to have been two Cooper’s Hawks. One was setting up in the top of a tree in my yard the morning of the first day of the count. I had a minute or two to study it with binoculars. I have seen red-shouldered hawks, red-tail hawks, and sharp-shinned hawks before and this was a hawk I had not seen before.

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You may also be interested in this Pinterest board: Plantsmap/gardens-and-birds/

Explore all the results and maps at gbbc.birdcount.org. And put on your calendar to participate in next years event: February 13-16, 2015.

 

Other photos (take by Bill Blevins) from our bird count:

 

Redbellied Woodpecker Nuthatch Grackles Downy

 

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