Great Backyard Bird Count

by John Briggs on February 13, 2010

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Wildlife

It’s unbelievable how little time I have these days. Can you say cholecystectomy? I am studying for three exams this week but I still found the time to participate in the 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). With a steaming hot cup of coffee in one hand and binocular in the other, I began tallying birds at 6:30 a.m. this morning. Surprise, surprise… Mr. Butterbutt continues to visit our suet feeders. He looks healthy and has a voracious appetite and defends his feeder from all other avian visitors.

The highlight of this morning’s count was a pair of adult Bald Eagles soaring above our frozen cove looking for for a meal. The Mergansers and Goldeneyes fled for their lives and went to parts unknown. I ended the count when a Red-tailed Hawk flew over our house and dove into the sumac near the edge of the cove. Suffice to say, that was the end of the bird activity for a while.

Here is an aerial view of the area around our home where the count was taken. Red pin denotes home.

2010 GBBC coverage map

Map of area around our home south of Bath, Maine. | Click thumbnail for larger view.

Results from 2.13.2010 for the 2010 GBBC:

Locality: 04530, Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
Observation Date: FEB 13, 2010
Start Time: 6:30 AM
Total Birding Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Party Size: 1
Skill: excellent
Weather: excellent
Snow Depth: 2 – 4 in (5.1 – 10.2 cm)
deciduous woods
coniferous woods
salt water
Number of Species: 23
All Reported: yes
Common Goldeneye – 4
Hooded Merganser – 2
Red-breasted Merganser – 3
Bald Eagle – 2
Red-tailed Hawk – 1
Laughing Gull – 1 Confirmed
Herring Gull – 16
Mourning Dove – 4
Downy Woodpecker – 2
Hairy Woodpecker – 1
Blue Jay – 3
American Crow – 6
Common Raven – 1
Black-capped Chickadee – 5
Tufted Titmouse – 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1
White-breasted Nuthatch – 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) – 1
Song Sparrow – 2
Dark-eyed Junco – 8
Northern Cardinal – 1
Purple Finch – 2
American Goldfinch – 16

Sharon and I will head to Popham Beach early Sunday morning to do a GBBC count. I plan to do a GBBC count Monday morning near Ft. Popham and the Atkins Bay area. The weather looks to be sunny and cold, perfect for counting birds.

Here is another look at Mr. Butterbutt.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler | Click thumbnail for larger view

Happy birding!



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