Nancy Barber (nlbarber) wrote,
Nancy Barber
nlbarber

Great Backyard Bird Count, Sunday and Monday

Yesterday's count, in the morning hours before I left for the JazzerThon. 12 species:
Mourning Dove - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Brown-headed Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 4
Northern Cardinal - 2
House Finch - 6
American Goldfinch - 2


Today I observed most of the day, either from the kitchen eating area looking at the front yard feeders, or from the computer desk where movement at the backyard feeders often catches my eye. 18 species:
Mourning Dove - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Brown-headed Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 2
Hermit Thrush - 1
Pine Warbler - 1
Song Sparrow - 1
White-throated Sparrow - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 5
Northern Cardinal - 2
House Finch - 6
American Goldfinch - 7

Three of these are new-to-me species, and I'm a little tentative on all of them--on anything but a slam-dunk ID, I always wish I had an experienced birder at my shoulder who could confirm my work. The ruby-crowned kinglet I'm fairly sure of, because I don't see another option for a very small gray bird with a red stripe/crown. The next-least-certain is the hermit thrush--the key says the tail is reddish, but I didn't notice it as different from the brown back. Body shape and beak look right for a thrush.

Least certain is the pine warbler. Off and on all day I saw a bright yellow bird, too large for a goldfinch in early mating plumage and with a slender beak instead of the finch's conical one. I got lost in the warbler pages every time I tried to work out what it was--and of course, the bird would also flit away leaving me without a reference. Cruising over the GBBC report for Decatur shows that only 2 warblers have been reported, and only the pine warbler could be my bird (and it was on a number of lists). I decided I was sure enough of it to include it on my report.
Tags: birds, gbbc
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