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More than 40 bird species spotted in Tennessee’s oldest town during Great Backyard Bird Count

Jonesborough appears to be going to the birds, right along with the rest of North America.
Results from the recent Great Backyard Bird Count reportedly produced a gold mine of information as the annual event collected massive amounts of data about birds.
This year, an estimated 60,000 people of all ages watched birds and reported what they saw as a part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, held February 18-21.
Participants identified 596 species and filed 11.4 million individual bird observations.
In Jonesborough, the most common bird being seen during the four-day bird count event was the Northern Cardinal. More than 100 birds of that species were spotted on a total of 17 different reports.
Sixteen bird watchers reported seeing a total of 90 mourning doves in Tennessee’s oldest town while 87 American robins were spotted on 14 different watchers’ checklists.
Rarer finds in Jonesborough included one sighting each of a sharp-shinned hawk, eastern screech-owl, brown creeper, yellow-rumped warbler and American tree sparrow.
In all 918 birds of 42 different species were observed in Jonesborough during this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count.
Reports filed through the event provide useful information to scientists tracking changes in the numbers and movements of birds from year to year.
Two new species never reported to the count before were a Brown Shrike in California and a Common Chaffinch in Newfoundland and Labrador, both species well out of their normal ranges.
In Alaska, a participant observed a Brambling visiting her feeder — the only one reported for all of North America.
Watchers also reported a surprising increase in the number of Evening Grosbeaks this year — the highest number of observations ever for the species during the count.
Participants in the event set new bird checklist records in 11 states and 7 Canadian provinces and territories.
To find out more about the results of the Great Backyard Bird Count, visit

Birds spotted in Jonesborough
during the 2011 GBBC:
Northern Cardinal, 107 birds
Mourning Dove, 90 birds
American Robin, 87 birds
Blue Jay, 60 birds
American Goldfinch, 57 birds
Tufted Titmouse, 56 birds
Carolina Chickadee, 55 birds
American Crow, 50 birds
Purple Finch, 48 birds
Dark-eyed Junco, 45 birds
European Starling, 43 birds
Song Sparrow, 22 birds
Eastern Bluebird, 16 birds
White-breasted Nuthatch, 16 birds
White-throated Sparrow, 15 birds
Carolina Wren, 15 birds
Red-bellied Woodpecker, 14 birds
Downy Woodpecker, 14 birds
White-crowned Sparrow, 12 birds
House Sparrow, 12 birds
House Finch, 11 birds
Northern Mockingbird, 10 birds
Field Sparrow, 8 birds
Chipping Sparrow, 7 birds
Eastern Towhee, 7 birds
Black Vulture, 6 birds
Red-tailed Hawk, 6 birds
Turkey Vulture, 5 birds
Common Grackle, 3 birds
Canada Goose, 2 birds
American Kestrel, 2 birds
Hairy Woodpecker, 2 birds
Northern Flicker, 2 birds
Pileated Woodpecker, 2 birds
Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2 birds
Fox Sparrow, 2 birds
Red-winged Blackbird, 2 birds
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 bird
Eastern Screech-owl, 1 bird
Brown Creeper, 1 bird
Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 bird
American Tree Sparrow, 1 bird