Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Great Backyard Bird Count 2011

 Last Saturday, a large crowd gathered in the Carolina Children's Garden for the second-annual Sandhill Rally of the Great Backyard Bird Count!  The weather was perfect and the birds were very active.  In approximately one hour of birding, our three groups of birders saw 28 different species of birds, and every group saw at least two bird species that no other group saw.

The Children's Garden would like to send a special "thank you" to all the volunteers who helped make the event a success--the Richland County Master Gardener Association, South Carolina Midlands Master Gardener Association, Columbia Audubon Society, Kiwanis Club, Woodley's Garden Center, and Wild Birds Unlimited--and, in particular, to the bird guides--Patricia Voelker, Judy Hurley, and Arlene Marturano (above, pictured with Brian Welte of Wild Birds Unlimited).  

For more information about the GBBC, visit http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/. 

Species Counted at the 2011 GBBC:
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Blue Jay
Canada Geese
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Common Grackle
Dark-eyed Junco
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Phoebe
Great Blue Heron
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Mockingbird
Pied Bill Grebe
Pine Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
White-throated Sparrow
Wood Duck
Yellow-rumped Warbler

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