The 81st Annual Birmingham Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Friday, December 23, 2016
The count day temperature ranged from 41 to 65 degrees in a Christmas week with near record high temperatures for the time period. The morning sky was fair giving way to overcast by afternoon with breezes 8-10 mph throughout the day. We had 29 participants in 8 parties plus 1 feeder watcher. The group effort was 68.75 hours and 372 miles. We had a respectable species total of 81 which is a great rebound from a low species total of 69 for last year’s count. Notable species were Horned Grebe, Spotted Sandpiper, Rufous Hummingbird, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Blue-headed Vireo, Black & White Warbler, Orange Crowned Warbler, Brewer’s Blackbird and a count week Rose-breasted Grosbeak. “Missed birds” included American Kestrel, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Palm Warbler and Pine Siskin. Special thanks to our wonderful compilation hostess, Elberta Reid.
John Imhof, Jeremy Bearden, Greg Harber, Hans Paul, Ansel Payne, Mairin Odle, Ken Sansom, Jake Sansom, Doug Baulos, Matt Hunter, Jesse Griswold, Sam Griswold, John Morgan, Jim Shepherd, Pelham Rowan, Rick Kittinger, Ron Kittinger, Ranny Kittinger, Miriam Rueger, Frank Sanford, Anne Miller, Dick Mills, Todd Devore, Dee Gentler, Linda Neighbors, Lauren Howell, Zac Corbett, Sharon Hudgins, David George (compiler), Patricia Hefner at the feeder.
|Great Blue Heron||35|
|Black-crowned N Heron||8|
|Red Shouldered Hawk||17|
|Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco||30|