Well, the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count is finished, and I had a BLAST counting birds for four days straight. I also do two-day counts for Project Feederwatch, but this four-day count period gave me the chance to include some of the birds that seem to elude me during the shorter count periods. Although I still haven’t been able to snap a picture of it, the Brown Creeper showed himself for this count (hurray), as did the Carolina Wren we’ve grown so fond of lately.
The GBBC staff sent me an email asking for more details on my Pine Siskin sighting (I counted 2 of them), so apparently they think it’s unusual that I should see them at this time of year. Good thing I had a photo to send them as proof!
Here’s the list of species I saw during the count:
Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Pine Siskin, America Robin, Cedar Waxwing
Here are a few more of the pictures I managed to get while I was counting — hope you like them! (Click on them to see bigger versions, if you like.)