2021 Winter Bird Count in Newport News Park
Winter Count of Newport News Park
Saturday, 7-10 AM, January 30, 2021
The past year, 2020, has been a challenging one. Let's hope we are able to return to some sort of normalcy in the new year. The Hampton Roads Bird Club is going to continue the Newport News Park Winter Bird Count. This year's count will be held on January 30, a Saturday. The Saturday date is being chosen to encourage participation by those club members who are unable to attend the regular Sunday walks. This count is like the Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), where the numbers
of individuals are recorded for each of the separate species observed. Since Newport News Park does not fall into any of the Audubon CBC circles and HRBC regular bi-monthly walks only record the names of species observed (not counts of individuals), this activity can provide information about the health of populations.
As in previous years. there will be 5 sectors, each with a leader who is responsible for keeping the count on ebird software. The sectors are:
Section 1: Campground
Section 2: West of Constitution Way
(Ranger Station Lakeside)
Section 3: East of Constitution Way
Section 4: White Oak Trail
(Swamp Bridge to Spawning Pond)
Section 5: Golf Course/ Bluebird Trail
2020 Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Date: Saturday, Dec 19, 2020
Leader: Bill Boeh
Fall 2020 "Virtual" Virginia Big Day
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.