It’s been a bit over a week since the Great Backyard Bird Count came to an end. This was my first ever participation in the nationwide (continent-wide) event. I have to wonder though…Who told the birds to spend four days hiding.
It was almost like they heard a rumor that the census takers were in the neighborhood. Who would have thought that they would be just as reticent as all migratory visitors are to being counted.
In the weeks leading up to the four days of counting, my backyard would be visited by hundreds of birds each day. Sometimes there would be hundreds of robins, sometimes it would be a larger flock of grackles, even the female red-wings would be massive clouds of black wings in the air. It sometimes looked just like the underwater fish schools as they would change directions in mass. Even the warblers would be out in the dozens. There would be a handful of cardinals visible at one time, the same with bluejays.
But, on the arrival of THE weekend, what did I see outside…Not much at all. All day…every day…For the entire event…There were very few birds to count. I’m sure it was just a freak of the weather, but after looking forward to adding my numbers to the national total…I could have stayed home. Oh, that’s right I did…And so did the birds.
I’m already making plans for next year.
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- The Great Backyard Bird Count – 2012 (saintsgomarching.com)
- Join the Great Backyard Bird Count: February 17-22 (ecology.com)