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Friday, February 18, 2011

Great Backyard Bird Count: Day 1

Today is the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count, and it was a beautiful day for it. After a gray, windy week today was partly cloudy and calm. The view from our marina over towards Mt. Baker was a beautiful one:


Over the course of the afternoon I saw a respectable 16 species (plus one hybrid). That already tops the 13 species I saw at my parent's house in Portland during last year's GBBC weekend. Here's the results of my count today:
  • Surf scoter - 2
  • Bufflehead - 18
  • Hooded merganser - 1
  • Red-breasted merganser - 4
  • Red-necked grebe - 1
  • Double-crested cormorant - 8
  • Mew gull - 2
  • Western x glaucous-winged gull hybrid - 1
  • Glaucous-winged gull - 10
  • Rock pigeon - 5
  • Belted kingfisher - 1
  • American crow - 30
  • Chestnut-backed chickadee - 6
  • Red-breasted nuthatch - 2
  • Song sparrow - 1
  • Dark-eyed junco - 7
  • House sparrow - 1
So far it looks like I'm the only person to submit any checklists from anywhere in San Juan County! Looking at the past couple of years, only about 5-10 lists get submitted for San Juan Island, during the GBBC, so I want to make sure to contribute. Despite the name, you don't just have to count birds in your literal backyard, so since I got a good count at the marina today I'll probably go out tomorrow and do a good search around the island to see how many species I can turn up. Two years ago when I did a mini big day on GBBC weekend I found 44 species, including a new life bird! We'll see what tomorrow brings....

1 comment:

Warren Baker said...

Well done Monika. 44 to beat then, i'll be tuning in :-)