Monday, February 18, 2008

Great Backyard Bird Counting in Michigan

I was looking forward to the opportunity of doing the GBBC in my new backyard in southwestern Michigan this year, but circumstances demanded that I return to West Virginia to attend to some personal affairs. Fortunately, best birding-buddy Marj was kind enough to do two counts for me. Here are her results:
Locality: 49107, Buchanan, Berrien County, MI
Observation Date: FEB 15, 2008
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Total Birding Time: 1 hour
Party Size: 1
Skill: fair
Weather: excellent
Snow Depth: 8 - 10 in (20.3 - 25.4 cm)
Habitat(s):
- deciduous woods
- suburban
- freshwater
Number of Species: 15
All Reported: yes
Checklist:
- Canada Goose - 5
- Downy Woodpecker - 2
- Blue Jay - 2
- Black-capped Chickadee - 6
- Tufted Titmouse - 2
- Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
- White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
- American Tree Sparrow - 12
- Song Sparrow - 2
- Dark-eyed Junco - 30
- Northern Cardinal - 5
- Purple Finch - 2
- Common Redpoll - 30
- American Goldfinch - 4
- House Sparrow – 2

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Locality: 49107, Buchanan, Berrien County, MI
Observation Date: FEB 16, 2008
Start Time: 8:30 AM
Total Birding Time: 1 hour
Party Size: 1
Skill: fair
Weather: excellent
Snow Depth: 8 - 10 in (20.3 - 25.4 cm)
Habitat(s):
- deciduous woods
- suburban
- freshwater
Number of Species: 14
All Reported: yes
Checklist:
- Cooper's Hawk - 1
- Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
- Downy Woodpecker - 2
- Blue Jay - 2
- American Crow - 1
- Black-capped Chickadee - 5
- Tufted Titmouse - 2
- Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
- American Tree Sparrow - 4
- Dark-eyed Junco - 8
- Northern Cardinal - 2
- Purple Finch - 2
- Common Redpoll - 5
- American Goldfinch – 1
All together, a total of 144 individual of 18 species were recorded in our yard over the course of the two days, most of them visiting the feeders.

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