GBBC 2009 Day 4 Results

by John Briggs on February 17, 2009

in Blog

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!


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