The Great Backyard Bird Count 2010 is now one for the books and I'm happy to have been a part of it. While I always love watching the birds and their antics, focused attention on them always brings about new insights to their behavior.
For example, I found that Black-capped Chickadees are flitty little things, difficult to photograph without blurring. They feed by grabbing a seed (sunflower seeds were a favorite) and taking it to a tree, where they peck at it to crack it open so they can eat the meaty insides.
Again and again, they visited the feeder just long enough to get another seed, then quickly retreated to their branch. I wonder if they do this so they won't have to compete with other birds and can enjoy their meal in private.
GBBC wants to know which species of bird you saw the most of at one time, and here, it was the House Finch. Once, I counted seven of their red heads chowing down, oblivious to the other birds around them and to me, watching at the window.
The most fun to watch were the White-breasted Nuthatches, because they insisted on eating upside-down, even when they had a handy perch to rest upon. I think they're an especially beautiful bird and never tire of watching them or hearing their staccato calls. They alternated between the songbird mix and the sunflower seed, wanting little to do with the nyjer seed.
I had three feeders situated just outside the three side-by-side windows overlooking the patio. It's a fairly well protected area on the east side of the house, out of our most common west winds. The birds have learned that this is the place to come for a snack, so I had them filled to the top in preparation for the count.
Most of the usual suspects showed up, with one surprise arriving late yesterday, just as I was finishing my counting for the day...
- A Gardener in Progress - Bird count results and a bird behavior question
- Garden Endeavors - GBBC
- The Transplantable Rose - GBBD, GBBC & Foliage: A Portmanteau Post
- Living With Plants - Counting Cardinals and Other Feathered Friends
- Birding on Broadmeade - My GBBC
- My View - The Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend
- More Family and Flowers - Birds and Foliage Follow-Up (there are actually several posts on this site regarding the weekend's GBBD
- The Queen of Seaford - Four and Twenty...
- Fairegarden - One, Two, Three...
- Kasey's Korner - GBBC results
American Goldfinch 20
Black-Capped Chickadee 10
Dark-Eyed Junco 9
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
House Finch 9
Pine Siskin 5
Northern Cardinal 2
American Robin 1