The Great Backyard Bird Count
February 14, 2020 @ 12:00 am - February 17, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
Each February, more than 160,000 people of all ages from around the world join the four-day count to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
Winter days provide excellent opportunities for viewing migrating birds in the Garden where a variety of species, some in large flocks of 30 to 200 birds, are drawn to the diverse ecosystem.
See a list of birds you can keep an eye out for during your Garden visit below!
Here’s how you can participate in the GBBC at the Garden and in your own backyard:
1. Create a free GBBC account. If you already created an account for the GBBC in the past, or if you’re already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing user name and password.
2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places (including the Huntsville Botanical Garden!) and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.
3. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking the “Submit Observations” tab on the homepage. You may also download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device. If you already participate in the eBird citizen-science project, please use eBird to submit your sightings during the GBBC. Your checklists will count toward the GBBC.
During the count, you can explore what others are seeing in your area or around the world. Share your bird photos by entering the photo contest, or enjoy images pouring in from across the globe. You can even add photos and sounds to your checklist. Read more.
Here are some species to keep an eye out for at the Garden:
- Cedar waxwings
- American robins
- House finches
- European starlings
- Red-winged blackbirds
- American goldfinches,
- Pine siskins
- Mourning doves
- Common grackles.
Other avian visitors in smaller groups include:
- Eastern bluebirds
- Ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglets
- Dark-eyed juncos
- White-throated sparrows
- Yellow-rumped warblers
- Carolina chickadees
- Belted kingfisher
- Ring-necked ducks.