Need any help with your doves? The most widespread in North America is the Mourning Dove—but in case you need it, here are our tips on telling apart our six most common species: Hope you're having fun on the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Identifying Doves | GBBC
We're on to Day 3 of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Take some time to check out entries in the photo contest—or enter some of your own shots. It's a great way to share in the birds people are seeing all over the world. [ Link ]

2017 Contest Submissions | GBBC
Have you been seeing any sparrows today? With more than 4,000 total species reported to the Great Backyard Bird Count so far, chances are probably pretty good. If you have lingering questions about ID, we can help with some pointers for some of the common North American species. Check out our tips:

Identifying Some Common Sparrows | GBBC
With 4,000 checklists and almost 3 million birds counted already, this weekend's Great Backyard Bird Count unites bird watchers all over the world. So for our new Bird of the Week we've chosen a beautiful little songster that much of North America has in common. This committed vegetarian has dazzling summer plumage, but even in its more subdued winter colors it delights with busy acrobatic...
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American Goldfinch - All About Birds
As Day 1 of the Great Backyard Bird Count heads toward sunset, we're resharing this video for anyone who's wondering what the fuss is all about. Short answer: Over the next three days, count birds anywhere in the world for 15 minutes or more, then submit your counts and help scientists get a handle on the planet's bird life. Details in the video and at [ Link ]
It's day 1 of the Great Backyard Bird Count! The first checklist was submitted from Taiwan, and more than 5,000 have come in since then. Have you counted yet? Click through for info on how to participate, and check out the cool map that shows live checklist submissions as they come in!

The Great Backyard Bird Count Is Happening Right Now
You don't need much to get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count. It can be as easy as sitting in a comfy chair and counting the birds outside your window. But what's the best way to count birds? After all, you don't want to report 10 chickadees if you really only have one chickadee that visits your feeder 10 times. Find out how to count in our Question of the Week. Thanks to John Pizniur...
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How to Count Birds at Feeders
Will you be counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count starting tomorrow? Join us from anywhere in the world—and it doesn't matter if you are a beginning birder or advanced, every observation counts! Find out more: [ Link ]
Waterfowl are fun to watch, but can be tough to tell apart. This month eBird and Bird Academy are partnering up and offering 10 lucky eBirders the chance to win free access to the online course Be a Better Birder: Duck and Waterfowl Identification. Every eligible checklist submitted to eBird in February enters you for a chance to win—just in time for March, one of the peak months for waterfowl...
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Bird Academy eBird giveaway: Waterfowl ID
We're two days away from the start of the 20th Great Backyard Bird Count. Will you be counting? Participation is free and you can enter birds from anywhere in the world. Here's a last-minute run-down of what to expect:

Great Backyard Bird Count Is This Weekend: Are You Ready?
Can students be scientists? YES! Join BirdSleuth's Supporting Student Investigations hour-long webinars today at 6pm ET and tomorrow at 8pm ET to learn about science experiments, data interpretation and visualization, and to explore opportunities for students to share their projects with their classmates, communities, and the educational community by becoming published scientists!

Supporting Student Investigations
QUIZ ANSWER. Separating Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers is mostly about size, but size can be hard to judge. When you find a lone bird, you can judge the size of its body parts against itself. One key difference between Hairy and Downy woodpeckers is bill size. The bill on this bird is about the same length as the head which makes it a HAIRY WOODPECKER. The bill on Downy Woodpeckers is only half...
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Have you seen our February eNews? Featuring a special Valentine's Day slideshow, the 20th Great Backyard Bird Count, a video game exploring the evolution of flight, advances in our Merlin Bird ID app, and more:

Cornell Lab eNews: A Valentine Slideshow, Evolution in a Video Game, and the Best Merlin Bird ID Yet
BIRD QUIZ. In preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend, we have a common backyard visitor that looks very similar to another species. Post your answers in the comments box and we’ll post ours at the end of the day. Thanks to Scott Martin of Bristol, Massachusetts, for sharing his photo with the new eBird/Macaulay Library archive.
A selection of some of the great photos submitted by our Facebook fans in the last week. Thanks and keep those photos coming!
Flap to the Future is the new web game from the Cornell Lab, designed for kids ages 8 and up and the young at heart. Skip through time and try out the adaptations that helped birds master the skies—starting as an earthbound dinosaur and leveling up to experience the power of feathered wings and flapping flight. Play to the end to unlock the deep future where you can unleash new evolutionary...
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In honor of the Great Backyard Bird Count next weekend, we chose a Bird of the Week that brings a dash of cuteness, a pinch of determination, and a lot of smiles to backyards across North America. This little acrobatic woodpecker is found in flocks with other small songbirds during the winter. Its small size allows it to get to food that other woodpeckers can't access, like insects in and...
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Downy Woodpecker - All About Birds
Grab a cup of coffee and join Amanda Rodewald, the Lab’s Director of Conservation Science, in this short video about her conservation work on shade coffee farms in Colombia. Your donations help make this important work possible. Please consider making a gift to support our work here: [ Link ] Thank you! Video by Chris Foito/Cornell Lab Multimedia.
We've put up a few posts about The Great Backyard Bird Count, or "GBBC," that takes place all over the world from February 17-20, and a few of you might be wondering what it's all about. What is it? Find out here, and join us next week! Counting can take as little as 15 minutes, is fun, AND helps the birds:

What is the GBBC?
The Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative Small Grant Program provides funding up to $5,000 aimed at bird-focused conservation projects; the application deadline in March 1st. Apply today!

Small Grants Program