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20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

How many birds will you find?
20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count
February 17-20, 2017

The 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is taking place in Marion County on February 17 through February 20, in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, — anywhere you find birds. This is a great activity for families, school children, and residents of all ages. Bird watchers from Marion County will be counting their birds and may enter the GBBC photo contest. Bird watchers count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, then enter their checklists at www.gbbc.birdcount.org.

All the data contribute to a snapshot of bird distribution and help scientists see changes over the past 20 years. Learn more about how to take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count at www.gbbc.birdcount.org where downloadable instructions and an explanatory PowerPoint are available.
Click here for a poster announcing this exciting event Great Backyard Bird Count poster

In Marion County on Friday, February 17th, there will be a guided bird walk at Tuscawilla Park, 829 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala 34470. Meet at 9am in front of the Discovery Science Center. Binoculars are helpful but not essential. Carolyn Retey, Director of Field Trips for Marion Audubon Society will be the Guide. Marion Audubon Society is dedicated to provide bird watching opportunities for county residents.


TABULATION OF GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT FEBRUARY 17
AT TUSCAWILLA PARK, OCALA, FLORIDA

As a follow up to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 17 through 20, published in the media this week, below is the bird count for the Marion Audubon Society bird walk held at Tuscawilla Park, Ocala, Florida February 17th from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. The bird walk was led by Carolyn Retey, Director of Field Trips for Marion Audubon Society. Tabulation for the bird walk was compiled and posted to ebird by Josie Muncy, Board Member, Marion Audubon Society.

Tuscawilla Park, Marion, Florida, US, Feb 17, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Protocol: Traveling, 1.5 mile(s) 30 species:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 26, Muscovy Duck (Established Feral) 45, Wood Duck 12, Mallard 3, Hooded Merganser 2, Wood Stork 2, Double-crested Cormorant 20, Anhinga 13, Great Blue Heron 2, Great Egret 22, Snowy Egret 3, White Ibis 131, Black Vulture 4, Turkey Vulture 5, Ring-billed Gull 11, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, American Kestrel 2, Blue Jay 7, American Crow 4, Carolina Chickadee 1, Tufted Titmouse 1, Carolina Wren 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3, Eastern Bluebird 2, Northern Mockingbird 2, Palm Warbler 20, Yellow-rumped Warbler 63, Northern Cardinal 3, Common Grackle 17, Boat-tailed Grackle 30

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34425134

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT : JOHN SCHAEFER PHONE: 352.237.5603 EMAIL: SCHAEFERJO@COX.NET


On Monday, February 20th, Marion Audubon Society will be spending the day at Silver Springs State Park. The first bird walk will take place at the Camping/Museum entrance to the Park on Baseline Road. Please meet at the pavilion near the museum in the park at 9am. Good walking shoes, hats, sunglasses and bug spray will be helpful. Binoculars if you have them. This birdwalk is led by Barb Gay, a member of The Village Birders Club and experienced field trip leader. Please join us. Stop, Look and Listen!
Click here for a poster announcing this exciting event: Silver Springs Bird Count poster


TABULATION OF GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT AT SILVER SPRINGS STATE PARK,
MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA HELD ON FEBRUARY 20, 2017

As a follow up to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 17 through 20, published in the media last week, below is the bird count for the Marion Audubon Society bird walk held at Silver Springs State Park, Marion County, Florida on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. The bird walks were led by Carolyn Retey, Director of Field Trips for Marion Audubon Society. Tabulation for the bird walk was compiled and posted to ebird by Josie Muncy, Board Member, Marion Audubon Society.

Bird walk scheduled at 10:00 a.m. from the head springs along the Silver River to the boat landing, Silver Springs State Park, Marion County, Florida, US, Feb 20, 2017 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM. Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Marion Audubon hosting great backyard bird count 23 species.

Wood Duck 2, Pied-billed Grebe 5, Double-crested Cormorant 11, Anhinga 25, Little Blue Heron 1, White Ibis 9, Turkey Vulture 8, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Common Gallinule 2, Sandhill Crane 15, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Downy Woodpecker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Eastern Phoebe 3, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 5, House Wren 1, Carolina Wren 4, American Robin 8, Gray Catbird 1, Northern Mockingbird 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Northern Cardinal 2.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34580510

This report was generated automatically by the Great Backyard Bird Count www.gbbc.birdcount.org.

Bird walk scheduled at 1:00 p.m. along the creek trail, Silver Springs State Park, Marion County, Florida, US, Feb 20, 2017 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, Protocol: Traveling, 2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Marion Audubon Society hosted 2nd great backyard bird count safari trail, 24 species.

Double-crested Cormorant 12, Anhinga 2, Turkey Vulture 11, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Eastern Phoebe 8, American Crow 5, Tufted Titmouse 2, House Wren 4, Carolina Wren 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, American Robin 1, Gray Catbird 1, Northern Parula 3, Palm Warbler 6, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Yellow-throated Warbler 1, Chipping Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 6, American Goldfinch 1.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34581168

This report was generated automatically by the Great Backyard Bird Count www.gbbc.birdcount.org.


Marion Audubon Society in cooperation with Silver Springs State Park personnel presented educational information on local birds in front of the education center at the park. The picture at left includes Marion Audubon Society volunteers and Silver Springs park personnel.

The combined results from Marion County residents posting their backyard bird counts from February 17 through February 20, should be available by the third week in March.

WHY IT MATTERS : This great backyard bird count is part of a global event which began twenty years ago. This activity is educational and helps scientists and Marion County residents study changes over time in regarding to bird migration. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada and is made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT : JOHN SCHAEFER PHONE: 352.237.5603 EMAIL: SCHAEFERJO@COX.NET

Join in! Count birds in your backyard, local park, or wherever you spot a bird, and submit your observations online at www.gbbc.birdcount.org

The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada and is made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

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