The 10th Annual Great BackYard [tag]Bird[/tag] Count was a success nationwide as well as here in [tag]Maine[/tag].
Nationwide, a new record of 71,605 checklists have been submitted. 611 species were observed with a total bird count of 9,886,559 individuals to date. More checklist are being submitted and a final tally can be seen at the GBBC website on March 10th, 2007.
The most frequently reported bird was the Northern Cardinal, followed by the Dark-eyed Junco, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay and the Downy Woodpecker.
Here in Maine, 101 species and 714 checklists have been reported so far. 45,364 individual birds were counted. The highest count for a bird was the American Goldfinch, with 7126 individuals being counted, followed by the Herring Gull, Common Eider, Mourning Dove, and the Black-Capped Chickadee.
Some rarities for this years count include a Spruce Goose, Pied-Billed Grebe, Eastern Bluebird, Orange-Crowned Warbler and Belted Kingfisher.
The following map shows the GBBC participation in the state of Maine this year: