Great Backyard Bird Count 2015

Well, it’s that time of year again…. time for me to become a citizen scientist and count birds for a minimum of 15 minutes a day during this 4-day weekend, February 13 – 16. Then report my findings at It’s easy, it’s free, and it helps avian researchers have a real-time picture of how birds are doing.

There are two days are left in the count… today and tomorrow. Just Do It!

Ice-encrusted mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) in Portsmouth NH

Near the feeder, it’s an easy task but in other locations, it can take a bit of concentration. Can you spot the lone chickadee among American goldfinches and a junco in the crab apple tree? Click to enlarge.

American finches and chickadee


8 thoughts on “Great Backyard Bird Count 2015

    • I do love birds. We’ve had so much snow that the squirrels can reach the hanging feeders on their tiptoes. I’m filling muffin tins, reaching out and balancing them on ‘mountains’ of snow. We really can’t go out the back door. The drifts are shoulder high out there.


    • We have had up to 2 dozen finches, the same number of pine siskins and juncos. Locals tell me this snow isn’t the norm and I do want to believe them… but just in case, I’m dreaming of my old zone 7b right about now.


  1. Poor you and the cold birds! It is not easy to count them outside when there is 4 feet (and more in the drifts) of snow on the ground. There is nowhere for them to naturally find food these days. Glad to hear so many are helping them out. You need to do a follow-up blog on just how your count worked out!


    • We can’t get out to the feeders in the yard these days. When I open the garage door to feed the birds in the morning, it’s a rush to the muffin tins. They are hungry!


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