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Sunday, February 19, 2012

GBBC - Day 3

The yard was filled with sunshine and with birds on this third day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. I spent much of the day outside, working in my garden and counting birds, and I ended the day with twenty-seven species on my list!

The birds that turned up for the first time today were:

  1. Red-tailed Hawk  
  2. Eurasian Collared-dove
  3. Mourning Dove
  4. Downy Woodpecker
  5. European Starling
  6. Cedar Waxwing
  7. Chipping Sparrow
  8. Brown-headed Cowbird
  9. House Finch
This brings my total for the weekend to twenty-nine species, but there are several that are still among the missing: Brown-headed Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Purple Martin, and Northern Mockingbird just to name five. One more day - maybe some of them will show up tomorrow.

One of the two Rufous Hummingbirds wintering in my yard enjoyed the sun today.

The male Red-winged Blackbird from yesterday showed up again today and brought along his mate and several of his friends. 

The Red-bellied Woodpecker didn't make an appearance yesterday but he was back today.

Best of all, the dapper little Cedar Waxwings came to visit.

I love watching these beautiful birds. They never fail to entertain me.

I wonder who will turn up to be counted tomorrow?


  1. Wonderful pictures! The weather was beautiful in SA yesterday. Today, not so much:) I thought I heard our resident broad winged hawk this morning. I really hope they come back and nest in our yard again this year.

    1. Today, I'm hoping to be able to count some of the birds I've missed so far, Steph. Especially the mockingbird. I can't believe I've gone a whole weekend without seeing a single mockingbird!