The Great Backyard Bird Count 2021

Eastern Bluebird

This weekend is the 2021 version of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Although due to temperatures below freezing Friday, yesterday, and today, I have mostly observed and counted from the window of my living room. My hillside birds gather at the feeders and bird bath in the front yard and I have a perfect indoor vantage point.

Nuthatcher, Chipping Sparrows, Dark-eyed Junco

I bundled up and went outside for 20 minutes yesterday with my zoom lens to try to capture a few photographs. It helps me be able to see detail and color better when I can enlarge the photograph on the computer and compare with the Cornell Labs Merlin Bird ID–an amazing tool to readily identify a bird.

The Dark-eyed Junco and American Robin are typically found on the ground, although they can and do alight on a tree limb or get in the platform feeders.

This is the first Eastern Bluebird I have seen this year, and the Chipping Sparrows just showed up a few days ago. The cardinals are here year-round in large numbers.

Chipping sparrow and White-breasted Nuthatch

This is the first time that I have identified a White-breasted Nuthatch, even though I might have seen one previously. I could see him from the window, but only by going outside and taking the photograph and enlarging, and then using MerlinID, could I identify it.

The count continues today and early this morning (in the sleet), the ground below the feeders was filled with juncos, robins, a couple of mourning doves and the ever present cardinals. The smaller species use the feeders. I fill the feeders each morning and again mid-afternoon. And now, it is time for me to put out some fresh un-frozen water for the cats and the birds. It reminded me yesterday as I broke ice on the water bowls 3 times of all the years I would break ice on Rio’s water trough in my Texas treks during the winter. Sis and I had a big sledge hammer that we would lift over the fence and bust ice. It was a lot easier yesterday using the back end of the fire poker.

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25 Responses to The Great Backyard Bird Count 2021

  1. peggy says:

    Great pictures of numerous birds. I enjoy pictures from inside through my kitchen window. Only 17 degrees out there on this Valentine’s Day. Snow is headed our way – I see it on the radar.

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  2. LindaRe says:

    I’ve seen the sparrows and cardinals, no bluebirds. Stay warm and enjoy the beauty of the season.

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  3. Katie says:

    Great pictures!

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  4. socialbridge says:

    Simply love the photos, Suz.

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  5. Betty says:

    Great pictures! I have just seen sparrows. I was hoping to at least report some male and female Cardinals I’ve seen recently. I have a bird feeder right by our window. I did start using some new “waste-less ” seed, but I think the birds are leery. I will try again tomorrow!

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  6. I enjoyed your writing about the bird count. It would be fun to do some day.

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  7. janebye says:

    Wow, I love all the bird photos! I wish we had more of a variety in our yard. My Grandpop in NJ had a bunch of bird feeders in his yard and would always tell us stories about the various birds that came to feed. I think he instilled a love of birds in all of us grandkids. Fun that you got to identify some new ones, too!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Believe it or not, when I looked out just now, there are birds at the feeders in that heavy sleeting! I have not refilled–there is at least an inch of ice on steps and sidewalk and I am not looking for a fall. They are just pecking out the remnants from yesterday. I also read they will melt snow with their beaks to get a drink–how cool is that?

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  8. Beth says:

    Beautiful winter bird pictures. While I enjoy watching the birds, I am terrified if one gets too close – one of those weird phobias. I had a bird feeder hanging from a tree limb for a few years before the tree trimmers lobbed off the branch and the other branches are too high to attach a line. I kept the birds well fed and the silly squirrels! Sadly, most of the birds in my area have disappeared, probably because of the presence of the hawks that frequent this area. My bird bath is topped with snow right now, but until the temperatures dropped into single digits I had kept the ice broken. Each time I did so I thought about the farmers and ranchers and coping with water troughs, among other things, in this weather.

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