Bird Watching

The Great Backyard Bird Count fever hit City Farm last week. Rich invited friends of SCLT and staff to help report, for a second year now, on what bird species were hanging around Somerset in 2010. While there were four less species identified this year than last, the turn out was still impressive for our urban habitat, as more birds were sighted than last year (a whopping 42 more).

The Bird Count gave us an opportunity to connect with what other life is nurtured in our community, as well as acknowledge the critical role birds play in City Farm’s ecosystem: spreading seeds, eating insects, inhibiting weed growth and not only as conduits for the effective functioning of natural ecosystems, but also as good indicators of the general state of our biodiversity.

Here’s 2010’s census:

Species* Number of Birds 
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Herring Gull 20
Rock Pigeon 12
Mourning Dove 4
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 24
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 40
Song Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 4
House Sparrow 7
Total 117
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