81st Annual Birmingham Audubon CBC

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.

Canada Goose
300
Wood Duck 12
Gadwall 3
Mallard 46
Ring-necked Duck 75
Bufflehead CW
Hooded Merganser 13
Ruddy Duck 10
Pied-billed Grebe 26
Horned Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 35
Black-crowned N Heron 8
Turkey Vulture 44
Bald Eagle 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Cooper’s Hawk 8
Red Shouldered Hawk 17
Red-tailed Hawk 31
Killdeer 56
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 17
Wilson’s Snipe 7
Rock Pigeon 453
Mourning Dove 141
Barred Owl 1
Rufous Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 16
Red-headed Woodpecker 21
Red-bellied Woodpecker 55
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 18
Downy Woodpecker 45
Northern Flicker 32
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Phoebe 60
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 78
American Crow 199
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 117
Tufted Titmouse 93
White-breasted Nuthatch 37
Brown-headed Nuthatch 49
Brown Creeper 3
Carolina Wren 68
House Wren 1
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 14
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 59
Eastern Bluebird 76
Hermit Thrush 19
American Robin 229
Brown Thrasher 24
Mockingbird 93
European Starling 419
American Pipit 30
Cedar Waxwing
263
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 39
Myrtle Warbler 147
Black-and-White Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 57
Chipping Sparrow 103
Field Sparrow 11
Savannah Sparrow 37
Fox Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 48
Swamp Sparrow 20
White-throated Sparrow 74
Sparrow specie 10
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 30
Rose-breasted Grosbeak CW
Cardinal 106
Red-winged Blackbird 393
Eastern Meadowlark 40
Rusty Blackbird 83
Brewer’s Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1391
Brown-headed Cowbird 73
Purple Finch 4
House Finch 50
American Goldfinch 87
House Sparrow 44