Answer Our “Favorite Bird” Poll Then Get Ready To Count Birds

Can you identify any birds? Would you like to be able to? Then you have what it takes!

The Communications Committee hopes you will take part as North America counts its birds. The 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place February 17 – 20.

Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You do not have to be able to know or report every bird you see. Just report the ones you can identify. Accuracy is more important than reporting large numbers. Even seeing zero birds is of interest to scientists who will use the data collected. Learn what birds you could see.

Last year North Carolina submitted 4,641 checklists during the count. Our state reported seeing 322,414 individual birds. See the 2011 results for North Carolina.

Do you have a favorite bird?

GBBC Resources

Great Backyard Bird Count at Governors Village is sponsored by the Communication Committee.  For more information about how to participate, contact Susie Moffat, susie_moffat at

Update 2/14/2012 3:18pm: Other answers so far include Eatern Towhee, Summer Tanager, Mockingbird, Goldfinch.

Photos are from the 2011 GBBC photo contest.

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