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Updates: Our Lists for Great Backyard Bird Count February 13, 2009

To see Great Backyard Bird Count results so far for all of Illinois, go to this page.

There is even a page just for Oak Park, found here.


On Monday, February 16, we submitted one more list:

We filed a GBBC report of birds seen near Morris, Illinois, including 5 very skittish Long-eared Owls. (They were so skittish that we won’t tell exactly where we found them.)

We also entered our GBBC data on eBird, so it’s now incorporated into the bird lists we keep for our neighborhood:


We submitted six more lists on Sunday, February 15:

Five lists were from Sunday. Three were for Oak Park, which included a Cooper’s Hark and a Sharp-shinned Hawk (from my walks to and from Columbus Park). One was for Columbus Park in Chicago, where I saw 250 Canada Geese, but not much else of interest (6 species total). One was for Douglas Park in Chicago, where I saw a Red-tailed Hawk and 3 Robins (13 species total). And the final list was for Waukegan Harbor, Illinois, from Saturday. I reported birds we saw that had not yet been reported by other birders, including White-winged Scoter, Harlequin Ducks, and Red-throated Loon.


Here’s the list we submitted for our backyard for Saturday morning, February 14:

Number of Species: 8
Rock Pigeon – 1
Mourning Dove – 1
Black-capped Chickadee – 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) – 4
Northern Cardinal – 1
House Finch – 20
American Goldfinch – 6
House Sparrow – 20

I counted in our yard on Saturday morning before leaving on a birding trip to Lake County, IL, with the boys. A Cardinal was singing a few backyards to the north before sunrise. House Finches were also singing a bit later. The Chickadee visited the feeders at 8 a.m., right before we left. (This is our first record of this species for Oak Park for this GBBC.)


Here’s the list we submitted for our backyard on Friday, February 13:

Number of Species: 9
gull sp. – 1
Rock Pigeon – 8
Mourning Dove – 1
Downy Woodpecker – 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) – 14
Northern Cardinal – 2
House Finch – 2
American Goldfinch – 4
House Sparrow – 30

You can read more about our backyard eBird counts on this page.


Here’s our original post from about noon on February 13:

We just submitted our first list for this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count! I counted birds in other people’s backyards during my morning walk through south Oak Park. (That’s the same area where we count for eBird).

The most exciting bird for me was a White-breasted Nuthatch. They’re pretty common a few miles west in the Des Plaines River floodplain forests. However, it’s only the third of its kind I’ve seen in south Oak Park. (I can also add it to my Bigby list.)

Here’s the full list:

Number of species: 10
Mourning Dove – 19
Downy Woodpecker – 1
American Crow – 1
White-breasted Nuthatch – 1
European Starling – 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) – 16
Northern Cardinal – 6
House Finch – 3
American Goldfinch – 1
House Sparrow – 50

I expected to see Pigeons and Chickadees as well, but somehow missed them. I’ll probably run this route at least one more time during the four day count period — maybe I’ll record those species then.

Entering bird lists in Great Backyard Bird Count was pretty easy. You should give it a try!



2 Responses to “Updates: Our Lists for Great Backyard Bird Count”

  1. Dave Says:

    Nice list! For the GBBC I did a walk through Thatcher Woods today and it was pretty quiet. There were a pair of chickadees that were pretty lively, and a red-bellied woodpecker (I think) was singing up a storm!

  2. Dave Says:

    I saw that you-all were listed on IBET today! I did a quick survey this AM at Concordia Cemetary. Saw a red-tail hawk and not much more. I’m gonna hit the nearby parks after lunch today : )

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