Future Bird Counts

2022 Fall Big Day for Birding

 

Saturday, October 29, 2002

Just a reminder that this Saturday is our Fall Big Day of Birding.  It's another opportunity to get out and enjoy some of the wonderful birds in the Hampton Roads area or wherever you find yourself in VA this Saturday.  Let's see how many summer birds are still around, and which winter birds have already arrived. For all those wanting to participate, simply make a list of all the different species you see throughout the day and send your list to me.

 

I'll be starting my day at Newport News Park around 0730 for anyone wanting to do a little early morning birding.  Then, I'll be sneaking in some birding while watching my granddaughter's softball game!

 

Best,

Dave Youker

 

 

2022 Christmas Bird Count

 

Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Dear fellow Hampton Roads Bird Club member,

I’m emailing you to announce an opportunity to be part of an important bird conservation effort that anyone can participate in--even those who have mobility issues.  That opportunity is the Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

For those who are not familiar, per Audubon’s CBC “top questions” website, the CBC “is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds."

As it has since 1952, the Hampton Roads Bird Club will be sponsoring the 2022 CBC.  The date of the count this year is Saturday, Dec 17, 2022.  The count will take place in the lower peninsula, within the Newport News count “circle” (depicted below).  The circle is divided into 13 sectors, each headed by a sector leader who coordinates the count in their sector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are two ways you can participate—by observing in the field or by feeder-watching.  Field observers count birds in the field as part of a sector team (this can include “owling” as well as observing during daytime hours).  Feeder watchers record observations at a feeder and its immediate vicinity (e.g., entire backyard).

By participating, you can act as a “citizen-scientist” by collecting data that is vital for bird conservation. According to the Audubon CBC website, the data collected by observers over the past century has allowed Audubon researchers, conservation biologists, wildlife agencies and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other surveys, such as the Virginia Breeding Bird Survey, it provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years. This long term perspective is vital for conservationists. It informs strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with implications for people as well.

Why is this important?  Birds are not doing well.  According to Cornell’s All About Birds website, wild bird populations in the continental U.S. and Canada have dropped by almost 30% between 1970 and 2020 — a 2.9 billion decline in bird populations in the continental U.S. and Canada.

Please be part of this great tradition and support this important citizen science effort in bird conservation.  It’s great fun and a great way to help bird conservation efforts--and for those new to Hampton Roads, a great way to be introduced to some of the best birding sites in our region.

So,  please reply to this email and volunteer to participate, either in the field or by feeder-watching, in this important citizen science effort!

Thanks,

Bill Boeh
Newport News Circle Christmas Bird Count Compiler

dolphrog1@yahoo.com

757-951-7959

2023 Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Previous Bird Counts

HRBC 2022 Spring Bird Count

 

Click Here for results summary

 

2021 Audubon Christmas Bird Count

 

Click Here for Audubon’s comprehensive Count Summary Report

Click Here for the Bill Boeh’s summary and comments

 

Hampton Roads Bird Club Big Day of Birding

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Leader: Dave Youker

Set aside Saturday, October 9th for the Hampton Roads Bird Club Big Day of Birding.  This year it’s on the same day as Cornell’s Big Day, so you can participate in both at the same time.

Remember, the goal of our Big Day is to see how many different species we as a Club can find in Virginia on this particular day.  That means every species from House Sparrow to migrating warbler is important.  So bird your backyard, local park, favorite coffee shop or wherever you are in Virginia that day.  When you’re done birding for the day, simply send me a list of the different species you saw.

Last year as a Club we identified 138 different species on our fall Big Day.  This year we’re holding it a month earlier, so we’ll see if there is a difference in the number and variety of birds.  After consolidating the lists, I’ll provide an analysis to the Club

If you bird with others, please ensure you comply with current COVID precautions.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at youkerd@aol.com.

 

2021 Spring Big Day for Virginia Results

I believe I have all the checklists for those that participated in the May 15th Spring Big Day of birding.  It was a gorgeous day for being out birding.  We had 11 participants, and our total species count was 132.  No surprise, the most common birds found were Northern Mockingbird and Northern Cardinal...found by virtually everyone.  However, 40 species were found by only one person/team, and these species represented the full range of nocturnal birds, shorebirds, gulls, and passerines.

 

Hope all participants had fun, and look forward to our next birding adventure.

 

Dave Youker

 

2021 HRBC Spring Bird Count Results - Click Here

 2021 Winter Bird Count in Newport News Park Results  - Click Here

 

2020 Audubon Christmas Bird Count

 

Click here for Summary results

Click Here for the Tally

Fall 2020 "Virtual" Virginia Big Day Results

Leader: Dave Youker

The results are in for our first, virtual Big Day held on 7 Nov.  If you haven't submitted your list, you can still forward it to me.  I was impressed with the number of checklists, the diversity of species, and the resolve of some members to put in some long days birding.  Birds from backyards to seagoing to every habitat in between were identified.  Here are the results:

The weather for the Big Day was very pleasant, except many members had to contend with a heavy fog.  Still, we had an impressive total of 36 club members participate!  A total of 24 checklists were submitted, and the consolidated species list stands at 136!  If anyone is interested in the overall list, I'd be happy to forward it.

 

Thanks to all the members that participated in this club activity.  The feedback has been very positive, so maybe we can do it again next year.

 

Best,

Dave Youker

youkerd@aol.com.

 

2020 HRBC Spring Bird Count Cancelled for COVID-19

Results of 2019 Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Click Here

Results of 2019 HRBC Spring Bird Count - Click Here

Results of 2018 Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Click Here

Results of 2018 HRBC Spring Count  - Click Here

Results of the 2016 Christmas Bird Count - Click Here

The efforts of 48 observers (the vast majority of which were HRBC members) resulted in the observation of 18,568 birds comprised of 123 species.