Great Backyard Bird Count Highlights
| Bird watcher by Brenda Chmiel, New Jersey,
The 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was one of stark
contrasts. Arctic-dwelling Snowy Owls and redpolls irrupted into the
Great Plains and the West in the largest numbers ever recorded in the
15-year history of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Participants reported
Eurasian Collared-Doves and Great-tailed Grackles in northerly
locations, a sign of the species' continuing range expansion. And
spring migration was already underway for several species including
Red-winged Blackbirds, Sandhill Cranes, and Snow Geese. Even the Blue
Jay, a species often thought to be resident, showed unusual patterns
with low numbers recorded in much of the East.
By the Numbers
First, let’s look at the raw numbers. GBBC participants submitted a
record-smashing 104,151 checklists with 17.4 million individual bird
observations! Participants set new checklist records in 22 states
and in 6 Canadian provinces. Across the continent and in Hawaii,
participants identified 623 species. Read more...
You can see the results from the United States and Canada here. South Carolina ranked seventh in species reported for all the states, provinces and the District of Columbia. You can check here to see how your community ranked within South Carolina. Note that the coastal communities had the advantage with regard to number of species, but Spartanburg had far and away the greatest number of checklists submitted!