2022 Winter Bird Count in Newport News Park
Saturday, January 29, 2022 7 AM--10AM
The Hampton Roads Bird Club is going to continue the Newport News Park Winter Bird Count. This count is like the Audubon Christmas Count where numbers of individual species are counted. Since Newport News Park does not fall into any CBC circles and the regular bi-monthly walks only tract species, not numbers of individuals, this activity can provide information about the health of populations. This year's count will be held on SATURDAY, January 29, 2022. The Saturday date is being chosen to encourage participation by those club members who are unable to attend the regular Sunday walks.
As in previous years, there will be 5 sectors, each with a leader who is responsible for keeping the count on their eBird account and then sharing it with the club eBird account. Bill Boeh, our club compiler, can then access the information from all 5 sectors. The sectors are:
Section 1: Campground
Section 2: West of Constitution Ave. (Ranger Station Lakeside)
Section 3: East of Constitution Ave. (Arboretum/Discovery Center)
Section 4: White Oak Trail (Swamp Bridge to Spawning Pawn)
Section %: Golf Course/Bluebird Trail
Contact6 me by phone or email (home 757-873-0721, NEW CELL 757-776-7925, firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested and indicate the section you would prefer and if you would be willing to keep the eBird list. Participants will meet at the large shelter by the Ranger Station at 7 AM to review assignments. The groups will return to the shelter by 10:00 AM to share the morning's sightings. I will provide coffee, donuts and bagels. This is an easy, fun activity that can be conducted safely under the COVID restrictions.
Previous Bird Counts
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 email@example.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.
2021 HRBC Spring Bird Count Results - Click Here
2021 Winter Bird Count in Newport News Park Results - Click Here
2020 Audubon Christmas Bird Count
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.
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
Photography by Dianne Snyder
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.