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Great Backyard Bird Count: Preliminary results

The call was made, and you answered.

The annual request for casual and expert birders alike to head outdoors and document birds yielded fantastic results this year.

As I posted about a few weeks ago, the Great Backyard Bird Count was slated to take place between February 18 and February 23, with all submissions due by March 1.

The results, which will be used as data by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, are so far remarkable. There are nearly 100,000 checklists submitted and sightings of 11,362,767 individual birds, which is more than last year.

There are also 595 total species observed, down from 602 in 2010.

Although the overview of the results will not be posted until later, there are preliminary results and top 10 lists to analyze. The most frequently reported bird was the beautiful Northern Cardinal. This songbird was reported on more than 45,000 checklists. If you’re interested in attracting the cardinal to your backyard, check out this article.

The most numerous bird counted so far is the noisy European Starling, also known as the Common Starling. Second to the starling is the American Robin, which is a popular backyard bird. Read my article for some tips on how to attract the American Robin to your backyard.

The results are still being analyzed, so we will continue to bring you new information as it’s posted. In the meantime, feel free to look through the Great Backyard Bird Count site for additional results.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.

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