Backyard Birders Take Note: Winter Bird Count Next Weekend
Help track bird species and their numbers by noting what you see at your bird feeder on Feb. 2 and 3.
Last year's warm and largely snow-less winter resulted in far fewer birds being seen at feeders during Mass Audubon's winter bird count.
This year's count is Feb. 2-3.
Anyone is welcome to take part.
Record one count for each species seen then submit your results to Mass Audubon. Participants’ names will be entered in a drawing to win several prizes.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 28.
Information on how to participate and submit reports can be found at www.massaudubon.org/focus.
Last year, nearly 100 species were reported in 292 communities statewide, thanks to more than 850 observers, according to Mass Audubon.
Here are some highlights from the 2012 Count
- Nearly 100 species were reported. These included 39 of the 40 species we have been tracking since 1997 (no ruby-crowned kinglets this year). Several raptors, waterfowl, wading birds, and rare species were also reported, including the lazuli bunting at our Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, and a Townsend's warbler in Ipswich.
- Species which were observed in the greatest numbers:
4,353 Dark-eyed Juncos
3,820 House Sparrows
3,642 Mourning Doves
3,332 American Goldfinches
2,791 Black-capped Chickadees