Great Backyard Bird Count Coming Up
By Patrick Comins on February 4, 2013, 1:50pm Last modified: February 6, 2013, 6:45pm
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The 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count is quickly approaching. Each year over President's Day Weekend, birders all over the US and Canada spread out and count the birds they encounter and see how many species they can find between Friday and Monday. This year, the event has expanded and now birds can be reported from anywhere in the world. This year, the event also is merging with eBird, so if you already submit your sightings through the online bird data portal, they will be included in the count.
Not only is it fun and a great way to learn about birds in your neighborhood or anywhere in the state, but it also gives scientists a snapshot of bird distribution and abundance in mid-winter. This year's count will happen Friday Feb 15th through Monday Feb 18th. It should be an interesting count this year with all of the incursions from the north and a few unusual lingering migrants that would normally be well south of our area. Can we break our record number of species (151 species were recorded last year)? Only time will tell.
Remember, in this case your "backyard" is the whole world. You can submit sightings from anywhere you see birds.
To learn more about the count and how you can participate, please see:
The above Hoary Redpoll, a very rare bird for Connecticut, was recently seen at a backyard feeder and photographed by Liz Frazier-Zygmont.