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 across the continent. Anyone can participate, 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."

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Top 10 Birds

Below are the birds most frequently reported on 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count checklists and the birds reported in the highest individual numbers. All of these images were submitted by GBBC participants. Click on the name of a bird to learn more about the species in our online bird guide.

Birds Reported on the Most Checklists

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 Northern Cardinal
 John Boettger, IL


Mourning Dove
Mark Eden, FL


  Dark-eyed Junco
  Jane Melhorn Mruk, DE

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 Downy Woodpecker
 Maria Corcacas, NY


American Goldfinch
Pam Wertz, LA


 Blue Jay
 Marie Lehmann, NY

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 American Crow
 Gary Botello, AZ


  Black-capped Chickadee
  Jerry Acton, NY


  House Finch
  Marion Hall, PA


  Tufted Titmouse
  JoaAnne Renee, NY


Birds Reported in the Highest Numbers

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   European Starling
  Carol Foley, NY


American Robin
Lynne Marsho, IL


Common Grackle
Mark Eden, FL

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Canada Goose
Jacki Byers, OH


Red-winged Blackbird
Christine Haines, WA


Snow Goose
Mary Nemecek, MO

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American Crow
Judy Howle, MS


American Goldfinch
Maureen Lynn, NJ


Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
Tom Fenske, OR


Dawn Woodland, BC