Friday, February 12, 2010

GBBC - February 12, 2010

Have you gone to your windows yet?  Are you counting?  You never know what will cross your skies until you look.

Enter your birds at the Great Backyard Bird Count website.  Don't worry if you don't know all the birds, just record the ones you know.  Something is better than nothing. 

We were robin-flocked this morning, a stroke of luck on a counting day. I guesstimated 350 as the birds flew overhead and across the street into the Ashe juniper forest.  Flocks that big, you count by feel.  Trust your eyes to know what 10 birds look like and trust your brain to expand by 10 so you count 100 by the space they take as they fly overhead.  
     The exercise is good-- my brain needs all the expansion I can give it.

This is the first winter in the last four with big flocks of American Robins here.  I think the draw is Ashe Juniper berries.  (See the blue-purple berries in the picture?)  I'm guessing the birds' usual berry-fare didn't make in last year's widespread drought. 

I'll be featuring a bird from our sightings each day during the count, along with the number we saw. Stop by to see who flew in.  And leave a comment about the birds you're seeing; good things are better shared.

Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.


  1. Wow - that is a lot of robins. Ernest must be so excited...

  2. Love your posts about the bird count, Kathleen, and this is such a good clear picture of the robins feeding. I'll be checking in regularly to see what y'all are seeing in your yard. x0 N2

  3. I haven't seen any robins here at all. I love your photo. This is my first bird count. We've got the usual chipping sparrows, mourning doves, goldfinches (at least I think that's what they are, they're not really gold right now), red cardinals and bluejays. I've been taking pics this morning but I'm not sure about my count.

  4. Good old robins. I'd say those and the sparrows are the number 1 birds we see around here on a daily basis. They LOVE the berries from our holly tree!


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