Bird Counts

What birds live in the watershed?  Audubon hosts two bird counts in the winter - the Christmas Bird Count in mid December through early January and the Great Backyard Bird Count in February.  For several years now, local volunteers have been counting in the watershed.  Over 27 species have been spotted including American Crows, Fish Crows, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-tailed Hawks , Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Turkey Vultures as well as the more common sparrows, cardinals, morning doves and finches

The Christmas Bird Count:

Now in its 118th year, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the nations's longest-running community science bird project.   The data collected by CBC participants over the past century and more have become one of only two large pools of information informing ornithologists and conservation biologists how the birds of the Americas are faring over time.  Participants register on-line for a section and recieve training on the protocol to use for their 24 hour census. 

Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, and is organized by a count compiler. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally—all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day. Thousands of volunteers across the US and Canada participate.    

The Little Falls Watershed participants survey Sector 7 -  MD Neighborhood Parks - which includes the area of Sangamore, Glen Echo Heights, Wood Acres, Westland Middle School/Little Falls Library grounds, Capello, Vinton, Willard Av., Westbrook Elementary School grounds, and the trails between Capello, Vinton, and Willard Avenue Parks 
Click below to download a copy of the bird count list:
Christmas Bird Count 2018 is HERE. -  The bird counting team wants people to know that the Bird Count  was on December 15, and it rained all day.  Despite our despite their best efforts, they only found 12 species and 60 individuals - not really representative of what is there on a more normal day.  
Christmas Bird Count 2017 is HERE
Christmas Bird Count 2016 is HERE
Christmas Bird Count 2015 is HERE
Christmas Bird Count 2009 is HERE
We are so grateful to citizen scientists for this data.  

More information about the CBC is HERE as well as analysis of the data by Audubon and the Cornell lab or Ornithology.


The Great Backyard Bird Count:

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place over President's day weekend every year with a less rigorous protocol.  Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Participants are asked to spend at least 15 minutes on one or more days over the three-day weekend and tally the numbers and kinds of birds they see.  The results are entered into the GBBC data base.  In 2017, over 180,000 participated in more that 100 countries.  They counted more than 6,200 speicies of birds.  More information about how you can participate in the count is HERE.

Click HERE for reports from Little Falls Watershed Alliance members from the 2016 GBBC.