17 February 2013

Great Backyard Bird Count


I was able to get back home this past weekend and homebase and I took part in the Great Backyard Bird Count.  It is a worldwide effort to get people to get outside, counting and appreciating bird species.  We started out, leaving the house at just past 8 am, explored some areas around the farm, then stopping at a great wooded area by the creek on 184 where we stopped and watched a gang of 24 wild turkeys make their way across a field, then on to the Riverton Wildlife Refuge where we both got to check off a lifer (Northern Shrike) and saw a very large coyote, and finishing up by Farragut where we watched flocks of geese (snow & Canada) in the thousands taking off and circling, moving like a massive black & white cloud.  It was an awesome sight and sound.  And a memorable finish to a great morning of birding.
Counts for the day:
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Farmhouse:  (8:10am)

European Starling
1
House Sparrow
20


Farm Road: (8:20 am)

Crow
3
Northern Cardinal
2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
1


Creek on 184: (8:40 am)

Wild Turkey
24
Northern Cardinal
1
Red-tailed Hawk
1


Riverton WR: (9:30 am)

Northern Cardinal
12
Northern Shrike
1
Black-capped Chickadee
15
Geese
Hundreds
European Starlings
42
Pheasant
1
Bluejay
2
Red-tailed Hawk
1


Nishnabotna River by Farragut:  (10:40 am)

Red-tailed Hawk
1
Mallard Duck
Hundreds
Snow Geese
Hundreds
Canada Geese
Hundreds

1 comment:

  1. I love your picture... I need to look at mine and see what I got ... the sky is so blue in yours. Wasn't that a fun day. ?? 24 turkeys.. I love the way they just walked out of the woods to the open field.. Thanks for a fun outing. We did well on our contribution to the count.

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