Posted on February 17, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Great Backyard Bird count starts today
Mountain Chickadee. PHOTO COURTESY MIA MCPHERSON. Click on the image for more.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Since the Great Backyard Bird Count starts today and continues through the weekend, we’re posting a few photos of our fine-feathered friends. Birds are under pressure from habitat loss and climate change, with scores of species listed as threatened or endangered on the IUCN Red List. The annual backyard count helps provide a picture of species distribution and abundance in late winter, just before the big migrations begin for many species. More information on the count is online here.
And special thanks to Mia McPherson for providing some of the images for this post. Follow her On the Wing blog for frequent updates or visit her website and online gallery of birds and other nature shots.
A red-rail hawk perches along the Dillon Dam road, in Frisco, Colorado. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
A golden eagle swoops low over the sagebrush ocean of Utah. PHOTO BY MIA MCPHERSON.
On the boardwalk. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
An American kestrel dismembering a vole. PHOTO COURTESY MIA MCPHERSON. Click on the image to for more of McPherson's photography.
A heron skimming the surf above the Gulf of Mexico. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
A preening adult American oystercatcher at Fort De Soto County Park, Florida. PHOTO COURTESY MIA MCPHERSON. Click for more.
A backyard cardinal in Englewood, Florida. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
A western meadowlark greets the morning with a song on Antelope Island, Utah. PHOTO BY MIA MCPHERSON. Click for more.
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