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Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb. 17, 2006

Great Backyard Bird Count
As avid birders now for almost a year, we were very excited to find out about this wonderful program.

Sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, the information from this annual bird count across the country is gathered by people just like you and me and then used by scientists to further understand bird population, habits, patterns, etc. You don't have to be an experienced birder to participate and it only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day to help out.

Josh and I are birding our neighborhood, our neighborhood park and the desert wash adjacent to the park. We will do this for the four days that the count covers. We are going to vary the time we bird to see the differnce in how many and which types of birds are out during various times of the day.This is something we do almost daily anyway. The difference being we will keep count of how many of each species we are seeing.

Today we birded for just a little over an hour, from 2:30 pm - 3:36 pm. Here is our tally for that time:

1 red-tailed hawk
19 great-tailed grackle
2 killdeer
29 european starling
4 northern mockingbird
13 mourning dove
13 rock dove (pigeon)
12 gamble's quail
5 white-crowned sparrow
1 prarie falcon
4 verdin
2 say's phoebe
1 northern flicker
1 anna's hummingbird
20 american pipits
3 brewer's blackbirds
2 house finch

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