GBBC 2009 Day 4 Results

by John Briggs on February 17, 2009

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GBBC - 2009

GBBC - 2009

The 2009 Great Backyard Bird Count is over. If you have not submitted your counts yet, you have until March 1st to do so.

Sharon and I submitted more checklists this year than we have in years past. From the 7 checklists that we submitted, we tallied 35 different species and a total of 816 birds.

Highlights of our count included a Sharp-shinned Hawk, FOY Brown Creepers, Common Redpolls, daily Bald Eagles, and almost daily Red-tailed Hawks.

The most exciting moment was a battle between a Pileated Woodpecker and a Hairy Woodpecker Monday afternoon. The two were fighting over one of our many suet feeders. As the fight ensued, the Woodpeckers fought breifly in mid-air all the while making strange noises. They then rolled down a snowbank, picked themselves up and flew off in opposite directions.

All this action happened just outside my living room picture window, not 3 feet from where I stood! I later found a few feathers, putting them on the deck to photograph later. Dumb mistake, they apparently blew away as I have not found them since.

Another highlight was watching 46 Bufflehead and 21 Red-breasted Merganser in a cove near Parker Head. Nearly every male from both species were displaying, trying to lure a female.

We hope all of you had a good count.

The following is our last checklist, submitted Monday, for the 2009 GBBC.

Locality: 04530, Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
Observation Date: FEB 16, 2009
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Total Birding Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Party Size: 2
Skill: excellent
Weather: good
Snow Depth: 6 – 8 in (15.2 – 20.3 cm)
deciduous woods
coniferous woods
salt water
Number of Species: 22
All Reported: yes
Bald Eagle – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 1
Mourning Dove – 12
Downy Woodpecker – 2
Hairy Woodpecker – 2
Blue Jay – 8
American Crow – 9
Black-capped Chickadee – 8
Tufted Titmouse – 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch – 4
White-breasted Nuthatch – 3
American Robin – 4
European Starling – 2
American Tree Sparrow – 9
Song Sparrow – 2
White-throated Sparrow – 2
Dark-eyed Junco – 13
Northern Cardinal – 2
Common Redpoll – 3
Pine Siskin – 16
American Goldfinch – 22

Happy birding!


cheryllorrain February 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I had a bluebird on Sunday the 15th. I have had a bluebird in my yard since February 1st! I had two bluebirds once, but usually its just the one. I have had a pileated woodpecker today. I have had the pleasure of two pileated woodpeckers twice early this winter-a first for me. I also had a red-bellied woodpecker a couple of weeks ago.

Tricia February 17, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Your bird count sounds very like the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Big Garden Bird Count that we have in the UK usually the last weekend in January. We, like you, count the species and the numbers of those, that we see in one hour on one of the days.

Yours is a pretty impressive list and it’s interesting to see the different species than those we have in the UK!!

Kallen February 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I would be so happy to be lucky enough to have a pileated in my backyard.

I have two birds that I absolutely have to see this year no matter what. The Pileated Woodpcker and the Bald Eagle. You saw them both in the 4 days you counted. Not fair I tell you, absolutely not fair…… ;o)

Dawn Fine February 17, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Great Job…We did the bird count for the first time this year…Two days only…but it was fun.

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