Report from the 15th Annual Backyard Bird Count

By Jim Frisinger

Our 10 bird counters tallied 35 species and 185 birds during the two-hour Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 19 at the Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve. A Western meadowlark was ID’d for the first time in the 15 years we have been counting.
Record numbers of turkey vultures, white-winged doves and red-winged blackbirds were also counted. Sadly, no yellow-rumped warblers were spotted this year for the first time.
Below is our species list we submitted as part of the worldwide citizen count.

Northern Shoveler5
Ring-necked Duck3
Canada Goose8
Pied-billed Grebe3
White-winged Dove12
Mourning Dove4
Ring-billed Gull2
Double-crested Cormorant3
Great Blue Heron2
Turkey Vulture7
Red-shouldered Hawk1
Red-bellied Woodpecker2
Downy Woodpecker1
Eastern Phoebe1
Blue Jay5
American Crow2
Carolina Chickadee5
Tufted Titmouse2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet2
Golden-crowned Kinglet3
Carolina Wren1
Bewick’s Wren2
Northern Mockingbird1
Eastern Bluebird1
American Robin1
American Goldfinch1
Dark-eyed Junco5
White-throated Sparrow1
Song Sparrow1
Western Meadowlark1
Red-winged Blackbird70
Northern Cardinal10

Photos Top Row: Carolina wren (Annabelle Corboy), turkey vulture (Jim Frisinger), Ruby-crowned kinglet (Annabelle Corboy)Photos Bottom Row: Cyndi Golden points to a bird on Boulder Hill. (photo by Michael Golden), After a job well done: Annabelle Corboy, Amy, Hannah and Greg Snyder and Lynn Healy (Photo by Laura Capik), Tallying up the the bird count at the end of the morning, from left, Kathy Draves, Jim Frisinger and Laura Capik (photo by Michael Golden)

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