Great Backyard Bird Count results


This video from the USA is called 17th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

From the Great Backyard Bird Count site in the USA:

Top 10 Lists

GBBC By the Numbers

March 2014

It’s time to put the exclamation point at the end of another exciting, record-breaking Great Backyard Bird Count with a look at how this GBBC stacked up by the numbers. As of March 4, here are the numbers recorded for the count, February 14-17, 2014:

Number of checklists: 144,109
Species observed: 4,296
Countries participating: 135
Estimated number of participants: 142,051
Photos entered in contest: 4,491
Photos posted to gallery: 1,242

As we note some of our Top 10 lists, bear in mind that although global participation is growing, most checklists still came in from North America, explaining why the top 10 birds are from this region.

Top 10 species appearing on the most checklists:

Rank Species # Checklists

1

Northern Cardinal

61,045

2

Dark-eyed Junco

58,077

3

Mourning Dove

50,596

4

Blue Jay

45,027

5

Downy Woodpecker

42,015

6

American Goldfinch

38,348

7

American Crow

37,121

8

House Finch

36,917

9

Tufted Titmouse

36,418

10

House Sparrow

34,910

Top 10 most numerous birds reported:

Rank Species # Counted

1

Red-winged Blackbird

1,609,037

2

Snow Goose

1,280,829

3

Canada Goose

1,163,527

4

European Starling

596,450

5

Mallard

542,516

6

Ring-billed Gull

466,536

7

Dark-eyed Junco

456,627

8

American Coot

454,169

9

American Crow

371,813

10

American Goldfinch

371,039

Worldwide, India reported the highest number of bird species at 819. Indian states make up 60% of our Top 10 list of the states/provinces reporting the most species.

Top 10 states/provinces with the most species reported:

Rank Location, Country # Species

1

California, United States

448

2

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

443

3

Texas, United States

412

4

Assam, India

404

5

West Bengal, India

398

6

Tamil Nadu, India

398

7

Karnataka, India

379

8

Queensland, Australia

373

9

Uttaranchal, India

367

10

Maharashtra, India

359

Top 10 countries by number of checklists:

Rank Country # Checklists

1

United States

124,310

2

Canada

13,458

3

India

3,358

4

Australia

908

5

Mexico

546

6

Chile

356

7

Costa Rica

256

8

Puerto Rico

196

9

United Kingdom

162

10

Portugal

149

Click here to see the entire list of 135 participating countries.

Top 10 states/provinces in the U.S. and Canada by checklist totals (all totals are all-time highs for the GBBC):

Rank State/Province # Checklists

1

California

9,452

2

New York

8,450

3

Pennsylvania

7,617

4

Ontario

6,851

5

Florida

6,273

6

Texas

6,141

7

Ohio

5,798

8

Virginia

5,481

9

North Carolina

5,453

10

Michigan

4,334

Click here to see all the states and provinces of the U.S. and Canada and number of checklists submitted.

In Canada, the Great Lakes states, and the Northeast down the Atlantic Coast, the big bird story for the past few months has been a massive influx of Snowy Owls. GBBC participants logged more than 1,600 Snowy Owl reports from 34 states and provinces, even as far south and west as Kansas. The province of Ontario had the highest number of reports with 366.

Snowy Owl Reports during the GBBC: 

Rank State/Province #Checklists #Snowy Owl Reports

1

Ontario

234

366

2

Minnesota

88

150

3

New York

111

141

4

Michigan

100

139

5

Wisconsin

95

117

6

Quebec

71

116

7

Massachusetts

60

92

8

Vermont

68

85

9

Illinois

37

67

10

North Dakota

15

38

Thank you to everyone who tallied the birds to help make this the most successful Great Backyard Bird count ever.

Click here to explore more results on your own.

View the GBBC photo gallery.

Please keep counting year-round with eBird and mark your calendars for the next Great Backyard Bird Count, February 13-16, 2015.

Birds in Virginia: here.

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5 thoughts on “Great Backyard Bird Count results

  1. Wow, I see all 10 on the top 10 list in my Texas backyard habitat. More of some than others but all 10 nevertheless. Blessings, Natalie :)

  2. hey
    it was so fun and easy to report the birds! the next morning there were many many more, but the internet wasn’t working….

    next year let’s try to get more people active; i was surprised that mindo ecuador did not show a larger count.

    z

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