Question: What was the most commonly listed species in last weekend’s Great Backyard Bird Count (answer below)?
Although not all the data are in, the annual count set all sorts of records this year, according to sponsors Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada.
As of today, more than 120,000 checklists had been submitted, with a total of 3,144 species listed. That’s one-third of the bird species known to exist. The total number of birds seen: 25.5 million.
The bird-count people say those are bigger numbers than in the previous 15 years of the count. One factor is that the count went global this year after previously being confined to North America.
The original version of this post had a link at this point to an article that didn’t show up when readers tried to click on it. My apologies.
Here’s another try, a link to the Great Backyard Bird Count home page with information and oodles of additional links you can follow, here (I hope):
And the most listed species?
Northern cardinal, followed by dark-eyed junco, mourning dove, downy woodpecker and house finch.
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