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Earlier this evening, BirderWitch posted part 1 of this series. Please check out her diary for some information and history about the Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

The purpose of Part 2 is to give folks in the western part of the continent (and Hawaii) to post their count results from this past weekend.

Here's one of the highlights from my day at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge - a roost of Black-crowned Night Herons. There were 94 hanging out together.

Heron Roost

Join us in the comments to let us know your results.

Originally posted to tgypsy on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 07:29 PM PST.

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  •  And here are my results from the weekend (16+ / 0-)

    On Saturday, we did a count at the Colusa unit of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, our third year in a row.

    Number of Species: 57
    All Reported: yes
    Checklist:
       Greater White-fronted Goose - 500
       Snow Goose - 25
       Canada Goose - 15
       Gadwall - 30
       American Wigeon - 25
       Mallard - 7
       Cinnamon Teal - 12
       Northern Shoveler - 20
       Northern Pintail - 16
       Green-winged Teal - 30
       Ring-necked Duck - 9
       Bufflehead - 3
       Ruddy Duck - 3
       Ring-necked Pheasant - 1
       Wild Turkey - 2
       Pied-billed Grebe - 2
       Double-crested Cormorant - 13
       Great Blue Heron - 1
       Great Egret - 1
       Snowy Egret - 3
       Black-crowned Night-Heron - 94
       White-faced Ibis - 1
       Turkey Vulture - 3
       Northern Harrier - 2
       Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
       Red-tailed Hawk - 2
       American Kestrel - 1
       Common Moorhen - 2
       American Coot - 35
       Killdeer - 2
       Black-necked Stilt - 14
       Long-billed Curlew - 1
       Long-billed Dowitcher - 120
       Ring-billed Gull - 1
       Mourning Dove - 1
       Great Horned Owl - 1
       Belted Kingfisher - 1
       Nuttall's Woodpecker - 1
       Northern Flicker - 1
       Black Phoebe - 2
       Western Scrub-Jay - 1
       American Crow - 3
       Tree Swallow - 30
       Marsh Wren - 3
       Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1
       American Pipit - 1
       Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2
       California Towhee - 2
       Savannah Sparrow - 3
       Song Sparrow - 1
       White-crowned Sparrow - 9
       Golden-crowned Sparrow - 6
       Dark-eyed Junco - 1
       Red-winged Blackbird - 100
       Western Meadowlark - 12
       Brewer's Blackbird - 12
       House Sparrow - 2

    Sunday, I did a backyard count at home:

    Number of Species: 12
    All Reported: yes
    Checklist:
       Mourning Dove - 3
       Anna's Hummingbird - 1
       Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
       Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
       White-crowned Sparrow - 15
       Golden-crowned Sparrow - 20
       Dark-eyed Junco - 1
       House Finch - 22
       Pine Siskin - 1
       Lesser Goldfinch - 7
       American Goldfinch - 15
       House Sparrow - 4

    In the open space of democracy, beauty is not optional, but essential to our survival as a species. - Terry Tempest Williams

    by tgypsy on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 07:31:11 PM PST

  •  Great Photo tgypsy! (5+ / 0-)

    I fell in love with Black-Crowned Night Herons last year when I saw my first one :)

    And Special thanks for co-hosting with me tonight!  It has been a great experience to work with you via cyberspace..

    "It's a magical world Hobbes, ol' buddy... ...Let's go exploring!" Calvin (Bill Watterson)

    by BirderWitch on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 07:50:46 PM PST

    •  This has been fun (1+ / 0-)
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      BirderWitch

      I'll look forward to doing it again next year.

      In the open space of democracy, beauty is not optional, but essential to our survival as a species. - Terry Tempest Williams

      by tgypsy on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 07:56:50 PM PST

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      •  LOL.. (0+ / 0-)

        I look forward to it too :)  

        "It's a magical world Hobbes, ol' buddy... ...Let's go exploring!" Calvin (Bill Watterson)

        by BirderWitch on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:00:45 PM PST

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      •  You can do it everyday at eBird - (5+ / 0-)

        www.ebird.com

        "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

        by enhydra lutris on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:03:40 PM PST

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        •  I need to figure out how to use eBird (3+ / 0-)
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          Bob Love, KenBee, BirderWitch

          I know that it's a great tool but it seems daunting when I've gone in to look around. I think lineatus is looking for someone to do a Dawn Chorus tutoring lesson about how to use it - but I should just hunker down and make myself do it...

          In the open space of democracy, beauty is not optional, but essential to our survival as a species. - Terry Tempest Williams

          by tgypsy on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:06:31 PM PST

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          •  hanging my head in shame... (2+ / 0-)
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            you are not alone tgypsy.

            I have had an eBird account for 2 years now, but I've only used it twice (and I upload NestWatch and Urban Birds data all the time).

            I think I just need to designate 10 minutes of my day to post data... I just have to get into the routine of doing it.  It's not difficult, it's just getting into the mindset and committment :)  We can do this for 2009 - Right?

            "It's a magical world Hobbes, ol' buddy... ...Let's go exploring!" Calvin (Bill Watterson)

            by BirderWitch on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:12:13 PM PST

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            •  BirderWitch allow extra time to input any and all (3+ / 0-)
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              KenBee, tgypsy, BirderWitch

              old historic checklists yu still have.  I started inputting all my old stuff, then jumped to current, and now try to do current, plus, once a week or so, a few days of oldies.

              "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

              by enhydra lutris on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:27:02 PM PST

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              •  yep... (3+ / 0-)
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                I usually hold NestWatch data until end of the season.  I'll have to see how far I can go back with eBird.

                I've been on Cornell's BB-L list since 2000 and I have to say, it's great that they listened and were able to come up with a way to centralize the NestWatch Data (so much better than having data scattered throughout states or BB orgs)  In fact many  people don't realize it, but you can even input your GBBC data after the event.

                "It's a magical world Hobbes, ol' buddy... ...Let's go exploring!" Calvin (Bill Watterson)

                by BirderWitch on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 09:06:03 PM PST

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          •  That would be me, but (3+ / 0-)
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            it's going pretty slowly right now.

            A good start is to create a login, if you have a feederwatch account that simplifies it, but it is fairly easy anyway.

            You can create IDs for your regular birding spots if they don't already exist as hotspots or important bird areas.  You can create them using Find it on a map with a googlemaps like map tool, Use Lattitude/Longitude, and maybe Select entire city, county, state.

            You can then input any existing lists you have, much like inputting data for GBBC.  There are FAQs on what they like and don't like.

            To explore data, pick someplace you like to go from the list of hotspots or important bird areas for the appropriate state and see what various reports generate.  Once you input some of your own data, you can play with that too.

            So far, I've mostly just input data, trying to be useful, so massaging it, and other people's too is a bit new to me too, but fun.

            "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

            by enhydra lutris on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:24:30 PM PST

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            •  OK (2+ / 0-)
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              BirderWitch, enhydra lutris

              I just went over there and they are down due to technical issues today - but I promise to get over there very soon to figure it out. I'll use your note as a starting point. Thanks.

              In the open space of democracy, beauty is not optional, but essential to our survival as a species. - Terry Tempest Williams

              by tgypsy on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:28:58 PM PST

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              •  I should have mentioned that they (2+ / 0-)
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                tgypsy, BirderWitch

                were down, I tried to input my GBBC data there last night and again tonight with no luck.

                "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

                by enhydra lutris on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:55:41 PM PST

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                •  I know that their servers can hiccup (3+ / 0-)
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                  KenBee, tgypsy, enhydra lutris

                  We work with them via a Chimney Swift webcam that we host, and they provide live feed on their site.  When traffic gets heavy (especially with everyone holding off and inputing all four days worth of data) they can choke on the server end.

                  Do a refresh and try again... if you still have problems let me know... I'll send and email to my tech contact at Cornell and let her know that there are issues with the server.

                  "It's a magical world Hobbes, ol' buddy... ...Let's go exploring!" Calvin (Bill Watterson)

                  by BirderWitch on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 09:12:16 PM PST

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  •  I didn't do the count but . . . (11+ / 0-)

    I got a nice shot of a sharp shinned hawk feeding in my backyard yesterday. I'm going to try and post the picture in this comment because it's nice and I'm trying to learn how to do the hotlink.

    If I were doing the count would I count the pigeon too?

  •  Wow! (4+ / 0-)
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    Ice Blue, KenBee, tgypsy, BirderWitch

    That's a great shot. I might guess it was a baby muskrat from the long tail.

  •  I'm no good on the LBJs (2+ / 0-)
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    tgypsy, BirderWitch

    So I'm hesitant to join the count since I doubt my skills.

    :-(

    •  That shouldn't deter you (3+ / 0-)
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      Ice Blue, KenBee, BirderWitch

      One of the fields you enter with your count is your skill level in bird ID, so that gets taken into consideration (and I bet that you are better than you think you are). Your counts could be very helpful to the analysts if you are in an area where there are species in decline or for irruptive patterns.

      In the open space of democracy, beauty is not optional, but essential to our survival as a species. - Terry Tempest Williams

      by tgypsy on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:21:45 PM PST

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  •  Had to post this! (3+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, tgypsy, matching mole

    Over 6.5 million individual birds have been counted based on the latest stats!

    Total Checklists Submitted: 58,198
    Total Species Observed: 576
    Total Individual Birds Counted: 6,533,241
    Updated: February 17, 2009 12:25:11 AM EST

    "It's a magical world Hobbes, ol' buddy... ...Let's go exploring!" Calvin (Bill Watterson)

    by BirderWitch on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 09:39:15 PM PST

  •  Good morning! (2+ / 0-)
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    tgypsy, BirderWitch

    Thanks to both tgypsy and BirderWitch for organizing this.  I'm a bit bleary this AM because my wife called up just as I was going to bed with tales of Royal Albatrosses and Fur Seals and Oystercatchers.

    •  ooh - you are making me very jealous! (1+ / 0-)
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      BirderWitch

      Not about being bleary-eyed - but about the cool birds your wife is seeing.

      In the open space of democracy, beauty is not optional, but essential to our survival as a species. - Terry Tempest Williams

      by tgypsy on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 06:51:43 AM PST

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