52nd Annual Fall Bird Count Results

Saturday, September 24, 2016
by Greg Harber, Compiler

The temperature was a scorching hot 97 degrees on count day, with only a slight breeze stirring the clear blue skies. The weeks leading up to and following the count were historically dry, as Birmingham and north Alabama endured it’s worst drought ever, leaving little standing water or mudflat habitat available for shorebirds. 18 observers in 11 parties (+ 1 feeder watcher) spent 74.25 hours in the field (43.5 on foot, 30 in car) with 0.25 hours/0.8 miles devoted to owling; covered 487.5 miles by car and 21.85 miles on foot, tallying a respectable 115 species on count day, with 2 count week species. Many thanks to our feeder watcher, Dan Voketz, for his report of an astonishing 34+ Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at his feeders! Special thanks to Elberta Reid, our compilation host, and to all who spent time afield.

Observers by party, leaders in boldface: Scot Duncan, Jessie Griswold, Dee Gertler, Lydia Johnson, Stan Hamilton, Greg Harber, Jessica Germany, Cheryl Horncastle, Sallie Brice, Sharon Hudgins, John Imhof, Jeremy Bearden, Greg D. Jackson, Anne G. Miller, Jean Folsom, Ansel Payne, Pelham Rowan. Feeder Watchers: Dan Voketz.

Canada Goose 284
Wood Duck 14
Mallard 12
Blue-winged Teal 12
Wild Turkey 3
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 305
Anhinga 3
American White Pelican 1
Great Blue Heron 55
Great Egret 109
Little Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 5
Wood Stork 6
Black Vulture 5
Turkey Vulture 27
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 3
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper’s Hawk 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 17
Broad-winged Hawk 37
Red-tailed Hawk 15
Sora 6
Killdeer 62
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 2
Stilt Sandpiper 1
Rock Pigeon 138
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 190
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Barred Owl 4
Common Nighthawk 1
Chimney Swift 792
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 58
Belted Kingfisher 9
Red-headed Woodpecker 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 57
Downy Woodpecker 41
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 10
Pileated Woodpecker 12
American Kestrel 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 41
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Acadian Flycatcher 5
Least Flycatcher 1
Empidonax Species 1
Eastern Phoebe 83
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
White-eyed Vireo 98
Bell’s Vireo 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 10
Philadelphia Vireo 11
Red-eyed Vireo 16
Blue Jay 134
American Crow 175
Fish Crow 8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 11
Carolina Chickadee 108
Tufted Titmouse 119
White-breasted Nuthatch 19
Brown-headed Nuthatch 43
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 123
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Eastern Bluebird 110
Veery 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 4
Swainson’s Thrush 12
Hermit Thrush 3
Wood Thrush 16
American Robin 133
Gray Catbird 36
Brown Thrasher 62
Northern Mockingbird 113
European Starling 2534
Ovenbird 1
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Golden-winged Warbler 1
Blue-winged Warbler 3
Black-and-white Warbler 6
Tennessee Warbler 6
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Kentucky Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 13
Hooded Warbler 5
American Redstart 15
Northern Parula 3
Magnolia Warbler 25
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 6
Palm Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 44
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 2
Wilson’s Warbler 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Eastern Towhee 47
Chipping Sparrow 24
Field Sparrow 1
Summer Tanager 17
Scarlet Tanager 11
Northern Cardinal 186
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 14
Blue Grosbeak 5
Indigo Bunting 40
Red-winged Blackbird 22
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Common Grackle 7
Brown-headed Cowbird 74
House Finch 37
American Goldfinch 27
House Sparrow 45