Great Backyard Bird Count – Feb 14,2016

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The most thrilling moment of the day took place when my little 18-month-old granddaughter was with me… a flock of 60 or so Canada Geese flew low and right over us. Her delight, amazement, and excitement were contagious! When I close my eyes, in my mind’s eye, I can see that wondrous look on her face…

These are the species I spotted today over the course of several observation times as noted in captions. Photos from my achieves illustrate the species that were spotted. I can concentrate on looking with more diligence when I set my camera aside. However, tomorrow is the last day of the GBBC, so weather permitting, my camera will go along.

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Mallard Ducks: (10)    (1:50pm) (2) on pond; male and female (4:30-5:30) (8) flew overhead
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American Robin: (1) (4:30-5:30) perched in Oregon Ash
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Black-capped Chickadees: (4) (11:30-11:45) perched, and feeding at bird feeders

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Anna’s Hummingbird (2) (11:30-11:45) female at feeder; (4:30-5:30) male at feeder
Canada Geese (about 100 total) (4:30-5:30) (36-40) First flock flew in V-formation over east side of wetland. Second flock (60+) flew in V-formation from east to southwest. This is the flock my granddaughter experienced with me!
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House Finches (11:30-11:45) at feeders. (1-male, 3-female)
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Mourning Dove (11:30-11:45) (1) ground under feeders
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Dark-eyed Junco (11:30-11:45) (1) at feeders
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Spotted Towhee: (2 total) (11:30-11:45) 1- ground under feeders (4:30-5:30) 1- in brush at edge of riparian zone.
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Song Sparrow: (3 total) (11:30-11:45) 2- ground near feeders; (4:30-5:30) 1- underbrush at riparian zone edge.
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Black-capped Chickadee: (4) (11:30-11:45) at feeders
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Red-winged Blackbird: (7) (4:30-5:30) male, wetland trees and shrubs. A lot of territory staking; calls throughout the wetland.
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Red-winged Blackbird: (2) (4:30-5:30) female, willow-row.
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Virginia Rail: (2) (4:30-5:30) identified by call from low vegetation at edge of wetland. Two birds were calling back and forth across the wetland to each other.
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American Robin (3) early morning, evening. By call only.
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American Crow: (2) (4:30-5:30) in flight over wetland

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