16 Million Birds Counted in the Great Backyard Bird Count - February 14 through February 17, 2014

Dec. 31, 2013

The Great Backyard Bird Count is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada and sponsorship from Wild Birds Unlimited

Thanks for Participating - Over 16 Million Birds Counted
More information at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/
Statistics from 2014
  • Checklists Submitted:
  • 131175
  • Total Species Observed:
  • 3989
  • Total Individual Birds Counted:
  • 16226772
Top 10 most frequently reported species (number of checklists reporting this species):

Northern Cardinal, Ella Clem
Species Number of Checklists
Northern Cardinal 53,540
Dark-eyed Junco 51,186
Mourning Dove 44,278
Blue Jay 39,363
Downy Woodpecker 36,766
American Goldfinch 33,396
American Crow 32,381
House Finch 32,271
Tufted Titmouse 31,950
Black-capped Chickadee 30,822

 Top 10 most numerous species (sum of the number of individuals observed across all checklists):
Snow Geese, Larry Jordan
Species Number of Individuals
Red-winged Blackbird 1,570,808
Snow Goose 1,223,082
Canada Goose 1,031,278
European Starling 542,477
Mallard 493,774
Ring-billed Gull 433,823
American Coot 417,504
Dark-eyed Junco 404,057
American Crow 328,601
American Goldfinch 323,672

Checklists have come from Australia, China, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Iceland, India, Kenya, and even Antarctica! In Canada, participants in British Columbia have racked up the highest provincial species total (192). Participation in the Maritime Provinces is also up with reports from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador already outstripping last year’s totals even before all the data has been entered.
India is the clear superstar outside of North America with more than 3,000 checklists and the greatest number of species reported, a whopping 806!
Country Number of Species Number of Checklists
United States 643 112,281
Canada 234 12,340
India 806 3,195
Australia 492 854
Mexico 658 451
Costa Rica 554 165
United Kingdom 155 150
Puerto Rico 113 150
Portugal 177 134
Honduras 335 104
In North America, California sits atop the leader board with the most checklists and the greatest number of species so far, but New York is nipping at its heels for the checklist record. Ontario, Canada, has jumped into the top 10 for checklists, outdistancing even big birdy states such as Texas, Florida, and North Carolina.
State/Province Number of Species Number of Checklists
California 358 8,472
New York 165 7,663
Pennsylvania 136 6,945
Ontario 146 6,329
Texas 350 5,526
Florida 307 5,376
Ohio 137 5,214
Virginia 179 4,883
North Carolina 194 4,876
Michigan 127 4,000

These checklist and species numbers will continue to rise as GBBC participants enter their data for the four days of the count through the end of the month.  Although much more data have yet to be recorded, here are some of the trends noted so far.

More Information from the GBBC Newsletter Feb. 20, 2014


The 2014 GBBC took take place Friday, February 14, through Monday, February 17. 

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.

GBBC checklists can be accepted from anywhere in the world!

Everyone is welcome--from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds. 

Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC website.

New participants must set up a free GBBC account to submit their checklists or use login information from an existing account for any other Cornell Lab citizen-science project. You’ll only need to do this once to participate in all future GBBC events. Click "Submit Your Bird Checklist" at the top of this page or see How to Participate for more details.


Read More:  http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/whycount.html

How to Participate in the GBBC - http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/howto.html

Short video of How to Participate - http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/press/news-stories/2014Video

Printable Bird Species Tally Sheets for your area - http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/checklist

GBBC Yearly Summaries - http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/science-stories

GBBC 2014 How to Participate video        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxb809nbVQE