From GBBC e-newsletter:
“For the third year in a row, checklists submitted to the Great Backyard Bird Count topped 92,000. Your participation in the 14th annual count, February 18-21, helped set new bird checklist records in 11 states and in 7 out of 13 Canadian provinces and territories, resulting in a new overall checklist record for Canada. Altogether, an estimated 60,000 people took part, identifying 596 species and making 11.4 million bird observations.
This year’s GBBC featured movements of irruptive species such as finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches as well as a surprising increase in numbers of Evening Grosbeaks reported. For the first time in eight years, the American Crow has moved up on the GBBC’s Top 10 List of Most Numerous Birds. The Eurasian Collared-Dove continues its march across the continent with GBBC reports of the species from Alaska for the first time.
There were two brand new species reported to the GBBC for the first time and other rarities to give participants a thrill. Read the full GBBC summary online to learn more about these and other stories from the 2011 count.”