Sunday, February 15, 2015

Great Backyard Bird Count at Patterson Park

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.  Last year, 144,109 checklists were submitted by 135 countries, 142,051 participants, and 4,296 species were observed!  You can still participate - find out more on the website:  . 

We did our part on the Friday bird walk at Patterson Park.  Although the weather was in the single digits factoring in the wind chill, a few birds showed up.

Mallards were paired up and tucked in.
Canada Geese found some open water due to previous warmer days.
There were interesting ice blocks resting on the top of the thin ice.
A few male Red-winged Blackbirds had enough energy to shout out "conk-la-ree!"
Can you spot the Coot?

Bird list:

Canada Geese
Ring-billed Gulls 
Red-tailed Hawk
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Crow
Red-winged Blackbird
European Startling
The next walk at Patterson Park will be Saturday, February 28 at 8:00AM led by Audubon staff.  Binoculars are provided if you don't have any by emailing

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