2013 Little Rock and Lonoke Christmas Bird Count Results

Little Rock and Lonoke Christmas Bird Count Results

For the Little Rock CBC held Saturday Dec 14, 2013, 34 birders plus 8 feeder-watchers tallied 179,824 birds of 96 species during a collective 86.25 hours and 342 miles. The list includes two feral exotics, Mute Swan and Muscovy Duck, that are not countable for regular listing, but can be included in the CBC to help track their populations. High counts were set for Red-shouldered Hawk (14) and American Pipit (251). A male Spotted Towhee provided the 5th count record; it was in the same spot as the 2012 count, and most likely the same bird. But the bird that stole the show was the immature Snowy Owl that made the news. It was in the count circle on the 14th, but not seen by birders until the 17th, making it a count week bird, and of course a first for the count.

Due to severe thunderstorms and the threat of flash floods, the Lonoke CBC was postponed a day to Sunday December 22, 2013. Sixteen birders tallied 1143,866 birds of a laudable 105 species during a collective 51 hours and 338 miles. While there were no high counts, and a few on the low side, the list of rare birds is impressive: 1 Red-breasted Merganser (4th instance on this CBC), 2 Eared Grebes (5th), 5 Cattle Egrets (7th), 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron (3rd), 1 American Golden-Plover (1st for the count, 2nd state December record), 1 Say’s Phoebe (1st, possibly the same bird in the area last winter); 3 Tree Swallows (4th), 1 Bewick’s Wren (44th, used to be common, now rare), and 1 Gray Catbird (2nd).

Thanks to all volunteers for your help in this season’s counts! Join us again next season.

Dan Scheiman

Little Rock and Lonoke Christmas Bird Counts, December 14 and 21

The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, but that doesn’t mean the birding has to slow down! It is Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season again. Audubon’s CBC is a citizen science program and the nation’s longest running bird survey – this is the 114th year!

On count day participants count all birds they encounter within their assigned section of a 15-mile diameter circle. Birders of any skill level are welcome. It’s a great opportunity to learn from experienced birders. You can bird for as long as you like.

I organize two counts: Little Rock is Saturday, December 14, and Lonoke is Saturday, December 21. Contact me at birddan@comcast.net or 501-366-0840, and specify the count. There are many other counts across the state. Contact State Compiler Leif Anderson at Leanderson@fs.fed.us or 479-284-3150 ext. 3151 for more information. Participation is free. Make your birding count for the birds!

Dan Scheiman

Vice-President ASCA