No one needs incentive to venture out in the fine sunny weather we’ve been having here in PA.

So, while out, why not spot some local birds, or even tally some for the Great Backyard Bird Count (running through Monday)? 

Here are the birds we’ve been seeing this winter on a small stretch of Little Crum Creek:

    • blue jay
    • common grackle
    • American crow
    • dark-eyed junco
    • white-throated sparrow
    • house finch
    • hairy woodpecker
    • downy woodpecker
    • red-bellied woodpecker
    • tufted titmouse
    • chickadee
    • wren
    • nuthatch
    • cardinal
    • mourning dove
    • brown-headed cowbird
    • robin
    • house sparrow
    • starling
    • goldfinch
    • turkey vulture
    • red-tailed hawk
    • sharp-shinned hawk
    • Cooper’s hawk

Some are easier to count than others.  Some are easier to photo 


From top: robin, house sparrow, goldfinch, downy woodpecker, starling.


2 Blue Jays

Try counting birds …

in the Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 18-21.

It’s simple: 

Take 15 mins, count the birds you can identify, and submit the numbers online. 

If new to this, you might be surprised at how easily you can learn to identify the most common birds where you live.

The GBBC website has everything you’ll need.

Especially helpful are some identification tools like the “Tricky IDs” page and the option to enter your location to see a regional checklist of birds.

Use that checklist to see pictures, read behaviors, and hear songs at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a popular place to research birds.

Even if not participating, the GBBC has a lot of great information for getting to know our neighbors.

In town or city, nature is always on the wing out our windows.

And at least a small part of it will be counted along Little Crum Creek.


6 Mourning Doves, Little Crum Creek