This year's four-day Great Backyard Bird Count wrapped up on President's Day, February 15, but if you haven't reported your count yet, you can still do it until March 1.
I mentioned here in an earlier post about a bird walk at Brazos Bend State Park that I took on Saturday of the count. I counted 18 species of birds during that jaunt. But I also spent time on the other days observing the birds in my own yard.
My designated observation area includes my one-half acre yard plus my next door neighbors' backyard. Their backyard has several large pine trees that attract many woodland birds, such as woodpeckers, so I like to include it in my observations in order to increase my number of species.
I ended my weekend count with a total of thirty-two species. This includes birds that were present in my designated area or were flying over the area.
|There was no lack of Northern Cardinals in my count. They are regular visitors to my feeders.|
|The female cardinal, with her softer colors, is just as pretty as her gaudier mate.|
|Many of my American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins have already left. Our very mild winter has no doubt convinced them that it is time to head north and start nesting. There were still a few hanging around for the GBBC.|
|There haven't been as many Cedar Waxwings as usual in my neighborhood this winter. Instead of flocks numbering in the hundreds, smaller groups of 30 to 50 have been more common.|
|Red-bellied Woodpeckers dropped in on a regular basis during my count.|
|Some of our winter warblers, too, have already headed north, but there are still plenty of Pine Warblers around.|
Black-bellied Whistling Duck (flying over)
Black Vulture (flying over)
Turkey Vulture (flying over)
Red-shouldered Hawk (flying over)
American Crow (flying over)
It wasn't the biggest total I've ever had in all the years I have participated in the GBBC, but, considering the amount of time I was able to devote to it this year, I was pretty happy with my results. It's good to know that a variety of birds make themselves at home in my yard.