Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: Backyard Winter Bird Survey this weekend
STACEY COLE | February 07. 2014 10:26PM
Participants should watch and record the number and species of every bird and squirrel seen on or about their property as well as the time spent observing during the two days. At each time period record only the maximum number of each species. Do not add the totals. If so, you probably will have counted the same bird or squirrel one or more times. To avoid this problem, your final report should include only the greatest number of a species seen at one time. Please record only the species that you can identify. It is also important to remember that even if you do not see any birds or squirrels, mark the survey card accordingly.
"The winter of 2012-2013 was another warm one with above average temperatures in all three months. Several significant snow storms came through in February, and while most of the precipitation fell to the south of N.H., it was snowing somewhere in N.H. on 17 of the month's 28 days, including the weekend of the Backyard Winter Survey (BWBS).
Now for a summary of individual bird counts from the 2013 BWBS: black-capped chickadee 7,398; common redpoll 6,263; mourning dove 5,842; dark-eyed junco 5,690; American blue jay 3,821; American goldfinch 3,272; tufted titmouse 2,963; northern cardinal 2,176; American crow 2,136; red-breasted nuthatch 2,026; white-breasted nuthatch 2,012; house sparrow 1,943; European starling 1,927; downy woodpecker 1,900; hairy woodpecker 1297; American tree sparrow 1,267; house finch 927; wild turkey 900; American robin 861; eastern bluebird 785; rock pigeon 596; red-bellied woodpecker 404; pine siskin 393; white-throated sparrow 310; herring gull 310; purple finch 305; mallard duck 199; evening grosbeak 155; Carolina wren 147; Canada goose 137; brown creeper 119; common raven 92; cedar waxwing 74; northern mockingbird 66; pine grosbeak 61; pileated woodpecker 58; song sparrow 50; sharp-shinned hawk 47; brown-headed cowbird 42; black duck 39; northern flicker 39; red-tailed hawk 36; snow bunting 29; common merganser 28; great black-backed gull 23; bald eagle 19; Bohemian waxwing 17; red-winged blackbird 12; barred owl 12; red crossbill 12; ruffed grouse 12; chipping sparrow 9; red-headed woodpecker 7; common grackle 6; yellow-bellied sapsucker 6; remainder of the 76 species, 5 or less.
For further information contact N.H. Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 03301-8200. Contributions welcome. Thanks to our readers who participate in this important survey.