Great Backyard Bird Count - 2011
I haven't gotten too many of you interested in this in the past, but the Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up again, on February 18-21 this year, and I'm gonna keep trying! This "count" helps the folks at Cornell keep track of which and how many birds are where, and track changes in the populations
You don't need to go anywhere or do anything really special to participate in this, all you need to do is to keep a piece of paper handy on the day/days of the Count and mark down whatever you happen to see in your yard, then go to the web site and fill in the numbers of the birds you've seen. If you're not sure what some of them are, you can find ID info on the site, or you can just skip them and count the ones you recognize. Most of what we have in our urban yards are pretty common birds.
If you're at all interested, check out the link below for the details, and ask if you have questions you can't find answered there. Maybe I can help---and maybe I can't!
Hope we have a bunch of counters around here this year,
Here are some direct links to a few of the info pages!
Here's an example of what one of the checklists looks like! [Whoops! Just discovered I can't link directly to a specific checklist, but just put your zip code in and see the list for your area! The list you'll see is the "common" birds you'll see in your area, and if you click on "show with rare species" on top, it'll show pretty much all of the possibilities!]
Here is a link that might be useful: Great Backyard Bird Count!