Saturday, February 16, 2008

Surrounded By Aliens

I did a quick Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) this morning in my very "weedy" (i.e., alien-infested) urban backyard in downtown Martinsburg, West Virginia. Here are the results:
Locality: 25401, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV
Observation Date: FEB 16, 2008
Start Time: 8:30 AM
Total Birding Time: 15 minutes
Party Size: 1
Skill: excellent
Weather: excellent
Snow Depth: No snow was present
Habitat(s):
- urban
Number of Species: 8
All Reported: yes
Checklist:
- Rock Pigeon - 25
- Mourning Dove - 2
- Blue Jay - 3
- Fish Crow - 1
- European Starling - 30
- Dark-eyed Junco - 1
- Northern Cardinal - 3
- House Sparrow - 20
I take solace in the fact that my lone Fish Crow is the first to be reported from West Virginia by GBBC participants as of 5:45 PM (EST). The Fish Crow has become a fairly common year-round resident in the Eastern Panhandle.

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