Friday, February 17, 2012

The Great Backyard Bird Count

The 2012 GBBC takes place February 17 through February 20.

I love watching the birds that we have along the river.

Today starts the 4 days of the "Great Backyard Bird Count"
I always know that the same time as this event arrives the Eagles leave.
It will be interesting to see if I get to count any this year.

Here is information from the GBBC Website 

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Plan to count birds for at least 1 minutes on one or more days of the count. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day. You can also submit more than one checklist per day if you count in other locations on that day.

2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time. You may find it helpful to print out your
regional bird checklist to get an idea of the kinds of birds you're likely to see in your area in February. You could take note of the highest number of each species you see on this checklist.

3. When you're finished, enter your results through our web page. You'll see a button marked "Enter Your Checklists!" on the website home page beginning on the first day of the count. It will remain active until the deadline for data submission: March 5, 2012.

  Marbled Godwit, Donald Dvorak, CA,
  2011 GBBC

Special Note: As the Great Backyard Bird Count has grown, more and more bird clubs, nature centers, and local parks are conducting special bird walks or hikes during the GBBC and having participants enter their tallies afterward. How you conduct a traveling count versus a stationary count is slightly different although you will enter your online tallies the same way.
Stationary Count: This is a count made in one area, such as your backyard, where you remain in one place. In this case, simply report the highest number of each species seen together at one time, as usual.
Traveling Count: This is a count made over a distance, such as birding on a trail. In this case you will count new birds of each species as you move along, but only if you can be relatively certain you did not count them previously. You’ll add the numbers for each species at the end of your walk.
Other helpful tools and information:

Great neighborhood gift:
peanut butter
1 cup smooth
1 cup vegetable
(NOT self-rising)
1 cup white flour
meal (NOT selfrising)
Mix ingredients
together well and
place in a suet log
(see back panel) or
simply smear the
paste on the trunk of
a tree, branch, post
or other solid object
where birds can find
and reach it.
Store unused Marvel
Meal in a closed
container in the
refrigerator until
ready to use.

Suet & Suet
Suet is the fatty tissue of
cattle and sheep and is
an important source of
ready energy for many
species of birds,
particularly in the colder
winter months of the
year. Many species of
birds get suet from dead
animals in nature.
The Marvel Meal recipe
on the reverse side of
this card provides an
easy way to make and
provide backyard birds
with this source of food
and will attract a wider
range of birds to your
You can make a simple log
suet feeder into which
you can place your
Marvel Meal.
Use an 8-12 inch
long by 3-6 inch
diameter log. Drill a
couple of 1-inch
diameter holes to a
depth of 1 inch.
Smear suet in each
hole. Hang with
cord, attached to log
with a screw eye.

3 cups yellow corn

Marvel Meal

1 comment:

Mindy H. said...

I have missed your blog soooooooooooooooo much! I always leave it feeling inspired, uplifted, and (as is the case today) educated. You rock!