Great Backyard Bird Count

The 26th annual GBBC will take place 17–20 February, 2023!


Step 1: Decide where you will watch birds.

Step 2: Watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 17-20, 2023.

Step 3: Identify all the birds you see or hear within your planned time/location and use the best tool for sharing your bird sightings:

  • If you are a beginning bird admirer and new to bird identification, try using the Merlin Bird ID app to tell us what birds you are seeing or hearing.
  • If you have participated in the count before and want to record numbers of birds, try the eBird Mobile app or enter your bird list on the eBird website (desktop/laptop).

Archived Results

March 16, 2018
By Marshall Iliff, Pat Leonard, and Kerrie Wilcox

Another edition of the Great Backyard Bird Count is in the books, with a great showing for the birds and the bird watchers who joined in from around the world. As always, participants tell us they really enjoy this opportunity to do their favorite thing and contribute to science at the same time.

Checklist and species totals for the 2018 GBBC have set two new records:

            Species: 6,310  (2017 species total: 5,940)

            Complete Checklists: 176,905  (2017 checklists: 173,826)

            Estimated Participants: 192,456 (2017 participant estimate: 214,018)

Full results of the 21st annual GBBC here.

2017 Great Backyard Bird Count

The 20th was another record-setting year for the Great Backyard Bird Count.  Explore the results here!

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2016 Great Backyard Bird Count

Of course the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count – the 19th – set records again for checklists submitted and species observed. Read the summary here!



2015 Great Backyard Bird Count

The results are in, and the 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count again set new records for number of species observed and number of checklists submitted!

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Check out the 2015 Photo Contest submissions.

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