Paula's Patch: A Minnesota Garden

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Results of the Great Backyard Bird Count March 2, 2012

My husband and I had a great time counting birds during the recent Great Backyard Bird Count. Unlike Project FeederWatch where you count only the birds at your feeders, the GBBC allows you to count any birds you see in your area during the 4-day event.

The weather was mild and we got out both days to area parks to see what birds we’d find outside our yard.

After 3 attempts in the past to capture a good picture of a brown creeper (only in our area during winter), I was able to snap a couple that were worth sharing! Look hard — he blends right into the bark of the tree.

brown creeper | paulasgardenpatch.com | paula bonellibrown creeper (2) | paulasgardenpatch.com | paula bonelli

Minnesota reported a total of 96 species. Here’s what we saw:

  • American Crow
  • Bald Eagle
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Brown Creeper
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker

Find out what kinds of birds other people saw in your part of the world. Did you participate?

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2 Responses to “Results of the Great Backyard Bird Count”

  1. Oh, I see a red-bellied woodpecker every day, as he leaves the hole he drilled in our house! I love him, but . . . Actually, we see a lot of the same birds as you do and I always feel enormously privileged. You have inspired me, to do a “real” count next year 🙂

    • Paula B Says:

      We have a pair that’s been pretty busy in our yard and at the feeders. Thankfully, they haven’t bothered the house even tho’ it’s 90 years old. What do you do to deter them from making holes in your house?


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