Monday seminar and Backyard Bird Count results

Upcoming seminar

Freelance author and travel writer Rachel Dickinson will share highlights of her travels in search of stories at the Lab of Ornithology’s Monday Night Seminar, March 3, 7:30 p.m., at 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, in a talk, “Have Notebook and Camera Will Travel: Confessions of a Travel Writer Who Birds to Travel and Travels to Bird.”

Armed with a notebook and a little camera, she's written about far-flung places such as Siberia and the Falklands, and places closer to home including the Erie Canal and her hometown of Freeville.

A book signing of “Falconer on the Edge: a man, his bird, and the vanishing landscape of the American West” will follow.

More information: 800-843-2473, A complete listing of Monday Night Seminars is at

Backyard bird count preliminary results

By Feb. 18, participants from a record 127 countries had submitted bird checklists for the annual four-day Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), eclipsing last year’s 110 countries.

The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.

Data continues to roll in, but so far the top most frequently reported species are the Northern Cardinal, with a top listing of 50,603 checklists, followed by the Dark-eyed Junco, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, American Crow, Tufted titmouse, House Finch and House Sparrow.

The most numerous species sited is the Snow Goose (1,195,722), followed by the Canada Goose, European Starling, Mallard, Red-winged Blackbird, Ring-billed Gull, American Coot, Dark-eyed Junco, American Crow and American Goldfinch.

Checklists have come from all parts of the globe, including Australia, China, Canada, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Iceland, India, Kenya and Antarctica, with India reporting the greatest number of species reported at 765.

For more results, see