The Great Backyard Bird Count

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Male Pileated Woodpecker

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Male Downy Woodpecker

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Male Northern Cardinal

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Male Downy Woodpecker

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Female Dark-eyed Junco


Female Northern Cardinal

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Female Dark-eyed Junco


Red-bellied Woodpecker


Female Northern Cardinal


Male Northern Cardinal


Carolina Wren (with seed)


Blue Jays and Male Hairy Woodpecker









































Today is the third of four days of the The Great Backyard Bird Count. Yesterday and today I was able to get some photos of some of the birds that I have counted. The bigger the birds, the easier I find it to photograph them. Conversely, I have more difficulty getting focused shots of the little birds.  They flit and dart in and out of the viewfinder. Although the in flight photographs are probably more dynamic,  I am just trying to get clear and descriptive shots of all the birds in our yard. As cold as it is today (somewhere around 5 F) I will need to refill the feeders.  We have a lot of hungry birds today.

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European Starlings and Carolina Wren






American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove


European Starling

European Starling


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6 Responses to The Great Backyard Bird Count

  1. theartmotel says:

    Such great photos. Still wondering how the great backyard counting works, tho.

    • Thanks! I count for the Backyard Count the same way I do for the Feederwatch Count. During a chosen time (as much as you want) you count the greatest number of a species at one time. This prevents counting the same bird twice, if it should leave and return. I use slashes to count…this way as more show up at one time I can just add more slashes…counting up the groups of five. It gets crazy when large numbers of a species show up. Counting over 20 birds quickly is a challenge…especially the little birds that like to move around a lot! It’s really pretty easy and fun once you get the hang of it.

  2. Anna says:

    The Carolina wren is just too cute. I am amazed by how colourful and exotic your birds look compared to ours in England. Lovely shots, thank you for sharing your great wealth!

    • Thanks! I don’t usually think of our backyard birds as exotic (or even colorful) except for the Pileated Woodpeckers and Northern Cardinals that always make me want to get the camera out! I just think they are all beautiful, amazing bits of nature.

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