Thank you to those families who joined us for Bird Week and posted their tallies to enter the giveaway! Our winner, selected via random number generator, was Kelly, who homeschools her kids (in the UK, I believe), and blogs at We Are Here and Wildhood. Kelly, I'll be contacting you via the e-mail you provided to us to get your mailing address.
Here is Kelly's family's bird count, with her notes:
Great Tit sightings :: 24 no idea who is who, as they all bundle into the garden in a noisy heap!
Blackbird - two juveniles and a male adult
Male Magpies x3 - Often sighted annoying the pidgeons, quite possibly just for sport as I can't see any other reason to fly straight at a roosting pidgeon!
Great Gulls - 6 in the air, have never seen them on the ground.
house sparrows - approx 8 although they never stay still long enough to be accurately counted!
Blue tit - 2 visiting each day.
Congrats to Kelly and thanks again to all the families who joined us--we will continue to have giveaways throughout the year so we hope you come back and participate in those.
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For anyone who participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count who didn't enter the giveaway, but would like to post their tallies, feel free to do so in the comments to this post! We would love to hear them.
I'll share our family's count from our "best" day. Sadly, when the home behind us was sold recently, they chopped our very dense evergreens back, and the birds haven't returned in the numbers we're used to:
2 mourning doves
3 black crows
2 blue jays
And, just for fun, I thought I'd share my father-in-law's count--he loves bird-watching and lives in a very rural part of Virginia, near the water. I took this photo of his bird-feeders--you can see that the goldfinches stay on all winter and even sit at the feeders during a raging snowstorm with the wind whipping the feeders around!
All of these were spotted from his porch during the bird count weekend and reported as part of the official Great Backyard Bird Count tally.
a "gazzillion"--but officially--18 goldfinches (naturally!)
2 house finches
3 mourning doves
5 black crows
1 mature bald eagle
1 immature bald eagle
1 turkey vulture
6 mute swans
14 Canadian geese
4 bufflehead ducks
3 herring gulls
and 1 eastern bluebird--just after they put up their new bluebird house--so he was very excited.
Again, whether you saw 1 bird or 50, please feel free to share your tallies in the comments to this post. The Bird Week giveaway is closed, of course, but we're still curious to hear about your bird counts.