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Great Backyard Bird Count 2012

Did you take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count last weekend? If you did, don’t forget you have until March 5, 2012 to report your tallies.

Here are my son’s results for the 2012 GBBC:

Mourning Dove – 8
Inca Dove – 1
Anna’s Hummingbird – 3
Curve-billed Thrasher – 1
Abert’s Towhee – 2
House Finch –  3
Lesser Goldfinch – 6
House Sparrow – 3

He then compared his results to earlier years.

2011 GBBC:

Mourning Dove – 8
Inca Dove – 1
Anna’s Hummingbird – 2
Black Phoebe – 1

2010 GBBC:

Mourning Dove – 5
Anna’s Hummingbird – 2
Curve-billed Thrasher – 1
Abert’s Towhee – 2
Great-tailed Grackle – 1
House Finch – 15
House Sparrow – 22

It was interesting to see some trends, and realize that we were learning quite a bit. First of all, he has noticed that the Abert’s Towhees are always present in pairs, a male and female. That’s why there are always two in each count. On the other hand, he usually sees single curve-bill thrashers.

The curve-bill thrasher has a unique curved bill and bright yellow eyes.

The house finches, house sparrows and lesser gold finches travel in larger groups. The numbers of house finches are starting to rebound after a low last year.

Elsewhere, according to this report from the Cornell Lab of ornithology, people have been spotting a lot of snowy owls this year. Now that would be spectacular!

What birds did you see?

Great Backyard Bird Count 2011

Did any of you take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year? What did you see?

My son counted:
Mourning Dove – 8
Inca Dove – 1
Anna’s Hummingbird – 2
Black Phoebe – 1

What was a very noticeable change from his count last year was a lack of house sparrows and house finches. It could have been the time of the day he counted, and the fact it was cold and rainy.

We weren’t worried about house sparrows, because we still see them all the time. Here’s one from the park the other day:

But we had already noticed fewer house finches in our yard, even though we were feeding the same kinds of seeds in the same kind of feeder. Checking the previous count totals for our city in previous years we see 138 house finches were counted in 2009, 102 in 2010 and now only 31 so far this year. House finches are native to the Southwest, so we checked to see if the trend carried throughout the state. Sure enough 7,978 house finches were counted in 2009, 7,132 in 2010 and only 3,821 in 2011 (not all reports made yet).

(Photo from 2009).

The Black Phoebe is an interesting new addition, although I noticed this morning that the male Anna’s hummingbirds are giving it trouble so I don’t know whether it will stay.

What birds did you count this year? Do you have house finches?

Did you search through the counts from previous years?