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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
(The 121th CBC: Citizen Science in Action)

Tyler CBC Results:

The Tyler CBC had a spectacular day (Saturday, January 5, 2012), tieing last year's record high of 113 species. The bird of the count was a female Common Merganser, new for the count, found by Doug Ghrist, Mike Bloodsworth and Danny Pickens at the Lake Tyler boat ramp near Camp Tyler. Photos were taken that allow a definitive ID. The other many highlights were 1 Neotropic Cormorant, 4 Canada Geese, 1 Common Goldeneye, 2 Northern Harriers, 2 Soras, 2 Virginia Rails, 1 American Woodcock, 3 Greater Roadrunners, 12 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 6 Marsh Wrens, 1 Bewick's Wren, 1 Spotted Towhee, 4 Purple Finches, 39 Pine Siskins and 6 Western Meadowlarks. Duck numbers were on the low side, woodpecker numbers were high, and sparrow numbers were on the low side, with the exception of Lincoln's Sparrow (22), Harris's Sparrow (27) and White-crowned Sparrow (75). Thanks to all the 33 people on 10 field teams and 2 feeder watchers who took part in the count.

View results of the 2012 Tyler CBC click here to view 113 species

History of the Christmas Bird Count

Prior to the turn of the century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt": They would choose sides and go afield with their guns; whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.

Conservation was in its beginning stages around the turn of the 20th century, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early officer in the then budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition-a "Christmas Bird Census"-that would count birds in the holidays rather than hunt them.

So began the Christmas Bird Count. Thanks to the inspiration of Frank M. Chapman and the enthusiasm of twenty-seven dedicated birders, twenty-five Christmas Bird Counts were held that day. The locations ranged from Toronto, Ontario to Pacific Grove, California with most counts in or near the population centers of northeastern North America. Those original 27 Christmas Bird Counters tallied a total of 90 species on all the counts combined.

First CBC: December 25, 1900
About 18,500 individual birds and 27 total participants

Cumulative bird species list:

90 species total

* Common Loon
* Horned Grebe
* American Black Duck
* Mallard
* Common Goldeneye
* Turkey Vulture
* Red-shouldered Hawk
* Red-tailed Hawk
* Ferruginous Hawk
* Northern Goshawk
* American Kestrel
* Northern Bobwhite
* California Quail
* Greater Prairie-Chicken
* Ruffed Grouse
* Killdeer
* Herring Gull
* Great Black-backed Gull
* Band-tailed Pigeon
* Mourning Dove
* Barred Owl
* Burrowing Owl
* Common Poor-will
* Anna's Hummingbird
* White-headed Woodpecker
* Red-bellied Woodpecker
* Lewis' Woodpecker
* Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
* Hairy Woodpecker
* Downy Woodpecker

* Northern Flicker
* Say's Phoebe
* Black Phoebe
* Blue Jay
* Scrub Jay
* American Crow
* Fish Crow
* Black-billed Magpie
* European Starling
* Horned Lark
* American Pipit
* Winter Wren
* Carolina Wren
* Brown Creeper
* White-breasted Nuthatch
* White-throated Sparrow
* White-crowned Sparrow
* Golden-crowned Sparrow
* Fox Sparrow
* Dark-eyed Junco
* Eastern Meadowlark
* Western Meadowlark
* Red-winged Blackbird
* Brewer's Blackbird
* Common Grackle
* Pine Grosbeak
* House Finch
* Purple Finch
* American Goldfinch
* Red Crossbill

* Red-breasted Nuthatch
* Pygmy Nuthatch
* Black-capped Chickadee
* Mountain Chickadee
* Carolina Chickadee
* Tufted Titmouse
* Plain Titmouse
* Bushtit
* Wrentit
* Ruby-crowned Kinglet
* Golden-crowned Kinglet
* Brown Creeper
* Northern Shrike
* Loggerhead Shrike
* Eastern Bluebird
* Western Bluebird
* Hermit Thrush
* Varied Thrush
* American Robin
* Northern Mockingbird
* Hutton's Vireo
* Townsend's Warbler
* Yellow-rumped Warbler
* Spotted Towhee
* Canyon Towhee
* Northern Cardinal
* American Tree Sparrow
* Field Sparrow
* Song Sparrow
* Swamp Sparrow

 

Counts conducted in first CBC:
25 total counts

* Scotch Lake, York County, New Brunswick
* Toronto, Ontario
* Keene, New Hampshire
* Belmont and Cambridge, Massachusetts
* Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts
* Winchester, Massachusetts
* Bristol, Connecticut
* Norwalk, Connecticut
* Auburn to Owasco Lake, New York
* Central Park, New York City, New York
* Englewood, New Jersey
* Moorestown, New Jersey
* Newfield, New Jersey

* Baldwin, Louisiana
* Pueblo, Colorado
* Germantown, Pennsylvania
* Wyncote, Pennsylvania
* Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* Oberlin, Ohio
* Glen Elyn, Illinois
* North Freedom, Sauk County, Wisconsin
* La Grange, Missouri
* Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California
* Neshaminy Creek & Upper Delaware River, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* Delaware River Meadows, Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

TYLER CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2012 RESULTS

Top
Species

2012 Count (113 species)

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck
14
Gadwall
186
American Wigeon
5
Mallard
107
American Green-winged Teal
22
Ring-necked Duck
153
Greater Scaup
1
Lesser Scaup
89
scaup sp.
0
Bufflehead 23
Common Goldeneye 1
Common Merganser 1
Hooded Merganser 0
Red-breasted Merganser 0
Ruddy Duck 83
Duck sp. 8
Common Loon 5
Pied-billed Grebe
97
Neotropic Cormorant
1
Double-crested Cormorant
257
cormorant sp.
0
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
68
Great Egret
11
Black Vulture
114
Turkey Vulture
209
Osprey
0
Bald Eagle
3
Northern Harrier
2
Sharp-shinned Hawk
3
Cooper's Hawk
1
Accipiter sp.
0
Red-shouldered Hawk
41
Red-tailed Hawk
55
hawk sp.
0
American Kestrel
33
Virginia Rail 2
Sora
2
American Coot
176
Killdeer
149
Spotted Sandpiper
2
Greater Yellowlegs cw
Least Sandpiper
45
Wilson Snipe 14
American Woodcock 1
Ring-billed Gull
720
gull sp.
0
Forster's Tern
25
Rock Pigeon
157
Eurasian Collared-Dove
9
White-winged Dove cw
Mourning Dove
303
Inca Dove
0
Greater Roadrunner
3
Eastern Screech-Owl
14
Great Horned Owl
11
Barred Owl
7
Belted Kingfisher
17
Red-headed Woodpecker
31
Red-bellied Woodpecker
165
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
26
Downy Woodpecker
90
Hairy Woodpecker
4
Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker
87
Pileated Woodpecker
35
Eastern Phoebe
60
Loggerhead Shrike
7
White-eyed Vireo
0
Blue-headed Vireo
0
Blue Jay
415
American Crow 293
Carolina Chickadee 310
Tufted Titmouse
136
Red-breasted Nuthatch 12
White-breasted Nuthatch
41
Brown-headed Nuthatch
6
Brown Creeper
16
Carolina Wren
310
Bewick's Wren 1
House Wren
6
Winter Wren
6
Sedge Wren
4
Marsh Wren
6
Golden-crowned Kinglet
36
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
92
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
0
Eastern Bluebird
357
Hermit Thrush
22
American Robin
696
Northern Mockingbird
162
Brown Thrasher
29
European Starling
398
American Pipit
114
Cedar Waxwing
395
Orange-crowned Warbler
15
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler
465
Pine Warbler
160
Spotted Towhee 1
Eastern Towhee 20
American Redstart
0
Chipping Sparrow
474
Field Sparrow
160
Vesper Sparrow
49
Lark Sparrow 9
Savannah Sparrow
162
Le Conte's Sparrow 3
Fox Sparrow
7
Song Sparrow
132
Lincoln's Sparrow
22
Swamp Sparrow
46
White-throated Sparrow
542
Harris's Sparrow
27
White-crowned Sparrow
75
sparrow sp.
50
Dark-eyed Junco
0
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco
398
Northern Cardinal
536
Red-winged Blackbird
11360
Eastern Meadowlark
98
Western Meadowlark 6
meadowlark sp.
91
Rusty Blackbird
8
Brewer's Blackbird
2
Common Grackle
6922
Great-tailed Grackle
55
Brown-headed Cowbird
39
blackbird sp.
477
House Finch
97
Pine Siskin
38
American Goldfinch
314
House Sparrow
157

 

 
TEXAS EVENTS
 
Birding and nature festivals of Texas

Great Texas Birding Classic

The 17th Annual GTBC will be April 15 May 15, 2013

The world’s biggest, longest and wildest birdwatching tournament is going statewide!

What  is The Great Texas Birding Classic? There are many different tournament categories to choose from depending on your age, your ability and how much time you have. Just find some friends and family to form your team, select the tournament that fits your lifestyle, register your team, and start counting birds.

Have questions? Visit the contact section to talk directly to Birding Classic staff.

Mission Statement

To increase appreciation, understanding, and conservation of birds through education, recreation, nature tourism, and conservation fundraising.

For additional information please go to the Texas Parks & Wildlife website.

OUT OF STATE

In late May of 2011 the historic Audubon Camp in Maine, on spruce-covered Hog Island, will reopen for its 75 th summer of residential adult and teen natural history programs.  Kenn Kauffman, Pete Dunne, Scott Weidensaul and many other expert ornithologists and naturalist-educators will be in residence during various sessions.  There will be four adult ornithology sessions, one educator's session, one session for Audubon Chapter leaders, and one teen birding camp. Details at www.projectpuffin.org or contact Erica Van Etten at (607) 257-7308.