- Top 5 Most Reported Species (reported on highest number of checklists): Northern Cardinal; Dark-eyed Junco; Mourning Dove; Downy Woodpecker; House Finch.
- Top 5 Most Common Birds (most individuals reported): Snow Goose; Canada Goose; Red-winged Blackbird; European Starling; American Coot.
- Finch Invasion: A massive number of northern finch species moved into the U.S. including the Common Redpoll, reported in a record 36 states. Scientists believe these periodic movements are related to natural fluctuations in crops of conifer cones and other seeds in Canada.
- Hurricane Sandy: The weather system that caused Sandy's landfall also blew
some European birds to North America and evidence of this is still showing up in
GBBC results. The colorful, crested Northern Lapwing was reported in Georgia,
New Jersey, and Massachusetts during the GBBC.
You can read a write-up on Science Daily here.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Great Backyard Bird Count Shatters Records
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 15-18, 2013. In the largest worldwide bird count ever, bird watchers set new records, counting more than 25.5 million birds on 120,000+ checklists in four days -- and recording 3,144 species, nearly one-third of the world's total bird species.
Posted by The Raptor Center at 8:00 AM