The next Christmas Bird Count will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019.
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2018 Count Results
Colorado Springs Christmas Bird Counters,
Thank you to all of you for participating in this year’s Colorado Springs CBC. I appreciate the time and effort that each of you dedicated to make this count a success. A total of 153 people participated as field observers and/or feeder watchers in 30 areas within our count circle. We covered 141 miles on foot, 391 miles by car, and a total of 234 party hours for this year’s count, which is 2nd-most ever in 69 years of the Colorado Springs CBC. Through such effort, we found 96 species on count day and four additional count week species. The 69-year average species count is 80.2 species, though the average since 1990 is 91 species. We tallied 18,697 individual birds, considerably higher than the 69-year average of 11,249 individuals (average since 1990 = 16,383 individuals).
I have attached the annual count records, which include historical data for the Colorado Springs CBC back to 1950. The results for the 2018 Colorado Springs CBC are also attached, and are presented by individual count areas.
We set several record high counts of species this year, which can largely be attributed to the effort that area leaders and participants made to cover our count circle thoroughly and carefully. The following species set or tied record highs for number of individuals counted, and the parenthetical year indicates the year the previous record was set: Double-crested Cormorant (2 individuals, 2014), Belted Kingfisher (13, tied 2000), Blue Jay (196, 2000), Marsh Wren (2, tied 1997), and Yellow-headed Blackbird (1, tied with four other years). Numerous field counters commented on the apparent high numbers of Blue Jays, and the results confirm their observations.
Lesser Black-backed Gull, found during count week at Prospect Lake, has only been found during count week one other time (2003) and has not yet been found on count day. Lewis’s Woodpeckers (2) were observed on count day for the first time since 2007. A Field Sparrow, which had been visiting a specific feeder for nearly three weeks before the count, was observed on count day for the first time since 1994. A Varied Thrush was documented on this CBC for the first time since 1988. If you are interested, please take some time to look through the attached historical records.
This event is truly a group effort. Each year, Colorado Springs has one of the highest participant turnouts of any Christmas Bird Count in Colorado. CBCs are a great way to contribute to the effort to sustain our bird populations. I would like each of you to consider how important birds are in your life. Monitoring bird populations, maintaining native plant gardens, joining habitat restoration efforts, and encouraging bird-friendly legislation are all means to maintain and improve our community and world for birds. In addition to the CBC, I encourage you to explore other ways to make a difference for bird populations.
If you have any suggestions for changes or improvements for the Colorado Springs CBC, please share them with me. I look forward to seeing everyone again for next year’s CBC.
Colorado Springs CBC Compiler
Aiken Audubon Society
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Aiken’s results from previous years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. Complete data is available by signing up for Audubon’s free e-magazine, American Birds, at www.audubon.org/citizenscience.