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The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Feb. 14!  RSS feed

 
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Reposted from Cornell Lab's eNews:

Everyone’s favorite midwinter bird count is happening this February 14–17, and for the second year in a row it’s open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a free event now in its 17th year, and by participating you're helping give scientists their biggest, broadest single-moment snapshot of bird populations. Last year nearly 138,000 people participated, counting 33.4 million birds and 4,258 species. A newly redesigned website is full of great features like a gorgeous display for your photo submissions, how-to materials, data exploration tools, and tricky bird ID help (our blog has more on what's new). Come count with us.


Cuban Emerald Hummingbird


Pygmy Nuthatches


Black-capped chickadee

 
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All I see right now are a bunch of chickens crapping all over my driveway! But I'll keep an eye out.
 
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LOL - it must be "crapping chicken" season - I just found a large splat on my back porch! I will document it for Cornell...
 
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I'm going to give this a go. I don't know many birds at all. I know cornell has a good Ornithology department, I would presume they also have a good web resource with something like common birds by region? No, no don't all get up at once I'll track one down.

We have tons of LBBs (little brown birds) here. Anyone have any tips on how not to recount individuals?
 
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Landon Sunrich wrote: Anyone have any tips on how not to recount individuals?



Shoot them! Then you just count them out of a pile on your left to a pile on your right.
But I'm sure there are other ways.

All joking aside I've used this for Bird ID wizard
 
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Landon Sunrich wrote:I'm going to give this a go. I don't know many birds at all. I know cornell has a good Ornithology department, I would presume they also have a good web resource with something like common birds by region? No, no don't all get up at once I'll track one down.

We have tons of LBBs (little brown birds) here. Anyone have any tips on how not to recount individuals?


Landon - click on the link in the original post that says "Come count with us" - that will take you to a whole page of resources. There's even an app for Bird ID if you have a smartphone.
 
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Last week I saw too many wild turkeys on my driveway to count - maybe 50. As I was driving away I thought it would have made a good picture, too bad I didn't have a camera. 10 minutes later I remembered my phone has a camera - doh! 5 hours later they were still there but it was too dark to snap a pic.

The only other wild birds I've seen lately has been ravens feasting at the pig harvest buffet.

I will try to do this. More likely if someone bumps the thread in 7 days!
 
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For those of us embarking on this adventure in a few days - the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) has launched a new website with loads of tools!



The new GBBC website is here! The site features a fresh design that makes it easier for you to find what you need to participate. You'll find tips for identifying tricky birds and new ways to explore GBBC data. Make sure to check out some of these revamped pages:
--Frequently Asked Questions - for all of your questions about the GBBC!
--Local Events - to find GBBC events near you, or advertise your own.
--Birding Apps - Enter GBBC data on your mobile device, get ID help, and learn about birds.
--Photo Gallery - a collection of the winning images submitted to the 2013 GBBC photo contest.
--Newsroom - Help spread the word by sharing the GBBC news release with your local media.

 
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This starts TODAY - Feb 14th through Feb 17th.
 
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FUNNY! my first thought to backyard birds was also: "oh, they want to know how many chickens I have!?"

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