Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Bird Count

Each year the National Audubon Society conducts a bird census, they call it the Christmas Bird Count. 

Members of the Mississippi Chapter will be counting birds around The Rez on Saturday, December 31rst.

About the Christmas Count:

From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.  Read more at the Audubon Society Site.

The Jackson Chapter of the Audubon Society coordinates the local Christmas Count - this year they have 39 volunteers lined up to count our feathered friends.   More info about the Jackson chapter is available here or by contacting Mary Stevens at: 601-956-7444.

The Mississippi Audubon Society contains a wealth of info about local birds and birding activities around the state, info is available at their website here.   They also publish a great newsletter, the Winter 2011 edition is available here.

The Rez is a popular bird watching area so expect to see people with binoculars cruising around the community on Saturday - they will be out from dawn to dusk.

Wondering about the bird demographics for our area?  Check out the totals from the 2010 Christmas Count. 

Canada Goose 275
Wood Duck 60
Gadwall 6
Mallard 106
Northern Shoveler 4
Canvasback 90
Ring-necked Duck 87
Lesser Scaup 27
Bufflehead 173
Hooded Merganser 54
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Ruddy Duck 14
Wild Turkey 5
Common Loon 21
Pied-billed Grebe 61
Horned Grebe 82
American White Pelican 390
Double-crested Cormorant 646
Anhinga 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 107
Great Egret 169
Black Vulture 86
Turkey Vulture 90
Bald Eagle 5
Northern Harrier 5
Cooper's Hawk 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 5
Red-tailed Hawk 30
American Kestrel 1
Common Moorhen 1
American Coot 69
Killdeer 75
Franklin's Gull 1
Bonaparte's Gull 62
Ring-billed Gull 233
Herring Gull 7
Forster's Tern 49
Rock Pigeon 10
Eurasian Collared-Dove 5
Mourning Dove 182
Great Horned Owl 6
Barred Owl 3
Belted Kingfisher 12
Red-headed Woodpecker 73
Red-bellied Woodpecker 80
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 27
Downy Woodpecker 28
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 40
Pileated Woodpecker 11
Eastern Phoebe 58
Loggerhead Shrike 14
Blue-headed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 194
American Crow 258
Fish Crow 12
Carolina Chickadee 95
Tufted Titmouse 55
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown-headed Nuthatch 17
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 93
House Wren 3
Winter Wren 3
Sedge Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 67
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 173
Hermit Thrush 5
American Robin 478
Northern Mockingbird 117
Brown Thrasher 25
European Starling 392
American Pipit 3
Cedar Waxwing 222
Orange-crowned Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 355
Pine Warbler 35
Palm Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Eastern Towhee 58
Chipping Sparrow 184
Field Sparrow 1
Vesper Sparrow 33
Savannah Sparrow 89
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 75
Lincoln's Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 35
White-throated Sparrow 485
White-crowned Sparrow 25
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 123
Northern Cardinal 183
Red-winged Blackbird 519
Eastern Meadowlark 103
Rusty Blackbird 25
Common Grackle 898
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
House Finch 13
American Goldfinch 85
House Sparrow 27

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Anonymous said...

O.K., I know this post is stupid, but not as stupid as counting birds during Christmas. How do you know, with 39 people counting, they are not counting the same bird mulitple times?

Billy Mitchell said...

The count is conducted to develop a comparative estimate of bird populations in this area. Those doing the counting are experienced birders led often by wildlife professionals. Seveal groups count in prescribed areas to avoid overlapping. After the count, discussion of rare bird sightings prevents duplication. Otherwise, a dozen blackbirds more or less will not skew the count.

To Anonymous 12:53: Your calling the count "stupid" reveals much toward identifying you.

Anonymous said...

Oh no, was that meant to be hurtful or sarcasm, because I certainly hope it did identify who I am. Without an accurate bird count performed by "birders", I just don't know if I can go on.....
But being insulted by a "birder" is kinda like being insulted by Pee Wee Herman. It's hard to take it serious.

Anonymous said...

Meh...anon is a troll. Iggy please. The birds being counted have more intelligence than he/she does.

Anonymous said...

And now, anon makes fun of anon for being an anon by calling him a troll. What a doofus. I just don't understand, with so many birds and such little time, when do you find the opportunity to show your ignorance in public?
It's hard to believe what some folks find so important in life. And bird counting sort of reminds me of government funded projects like how many ants does it take to fill an anthill. Or how long can a man watch grass grow/ paint dry before he walks away.