As of Feb. 24, nearly 91,000 checklists have been submitted and they’re still coming in.
So far, the Northern Cardinal is the most-reported bird across the U.S. and Canada, as it has been for the previous five years. In Canada alone, the Black-capped Chickadee tops the list.
The American Crow is higher on the list of most-reported birds (number 3 right now) than it has been since the West Nile virus appeared in North America and took such a toll on this species.
Another American Robin roost topping one million birds has taken up residence near Saint Petersburg, Florida, pushing the city (and the state) to number one for reporting the most birds so far.
The bird-watching bug bit hard in Tennessee this year and for the first time ever in the GBBC the state has broken into the top ten for most checklists submitted (as of today) and has already set a new state record! California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Manitoba, Missouri, Nova Scotia, Ontario, South Carolina, and West Virginia have also surpassed previous state checklist records. Nice going!
Data Entry Deadline: March 1
Birders have until Monday, March 1, to enter the checklists you gathered over the four days of the 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count! We’re still on pace to break a record for the most checklists ever recorded in the GBBC but we need your help. If you haven’t entered your data yet, please do so and while you’re on the website, swing by the Photo Gallery to see a sampling of the images submitted for the 2010 contest, and explore reports from your state or province.
Once all the reports are in, experts from Audubon, Bird Studies Canada, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will write up a summary of this year’s noticeable trends and it will be posted on the GBBC website, most likely toward the end of March.
Janis Dickinson, Citizen Science Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Tom Bancroft, VP and Chief Scientist, National Audubon Society
Jon McCracken, Director of National Programs, Bird Studies Canada