Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 17, 2018

My Great Backyard Bird Count Results

Today we watched our yard birds for about 90 minutes as part of the Great backyard Bird Count. We live in the North Berkeley, CA flatlands. We have mostly native plants in our garden and a fair number of trees in our yard and the neighborhood. We came up with 18 species identified and possibly three more .  Listed below are the 18 we clearly identified by sight and sound. The three possibles which were basically quick partly blocked looks  may have been Cedar Waxwing, Bushtit and Hermit Thrush. Surprising missing was we had no Anna’s Hummingbirds today. They are usually a regular visitor to our garden.

Yesterday our garden lost two spruce trees that were dying and were taken out. Unfortunately, our yard birds liked to perch on them.  Today we planted a native Western Redbud/Cercis occidentalis, which is supposed to be a good bird tree, is drought tolerant after being established,  and also tolerates our clay soil.

Nuttall’s Woodpecker  1
American Crow  3
Common Raven  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  2
Oak Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
Townsend’s Warbler  1
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  5
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
California Towhee  1
House Finch  2
Lesser Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  3


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