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2014-01-30

Christmas bird count

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The first ever Love Creek Christmas Bird Count (CBC) finished up on Dec. 19, 2013.
Christmas Bird Counts have been held all across the United States and Canada since they were started in 1900 by Frank Chapman with the then budding Audubon Society. Over the years they have grown from the 27 counts held that year, to now over 2,300 counts held every year across the world. The 112-year tradition is now the longest biological study ever held.
Each CBC circle is 15 miles across. The circle is broken up into sections and team leaders go in the field with as many counters as possible. Each count is held for 24 hours, from midnight to midnight. Every bird seen or heard is identified and counted.
The new count at Love Creek was divided into 21 sections, and includes the The Love Creek Nature Conservancy preserve, the TPWD's Lost Maples park, close to 20 private ranches, and all public roads. Many landowners came out and took part alongside birders to count on their ranches.
This inaugural year's count netted 102 bird species. The bird totals are shown in the graph. As might be expected, the wild turkey and the ubiquitous chipping sparrow were among the most frequently spotted birds. Only one gorgeously colored Audubon's oriole was sighted.


Species Common Name Total
Wood Duck 28
Gadwall 24
American Wigeon 582
Mallard 4
Northern Shoveler 1
Northern Pintail 21
Green-winged Teal 9
Canvasback 12
Redhead 16
Ring-necked Duck 103
Lesser Scaup 41
duck sp 11
Wild Turkey 295
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
Black Vulture 46
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 15
Crested Caracara 3
American Kestrel 14
American Coot 20
Killdeer 13
Wilson's Snipe 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
White-winged Dove 28
Mourning Dove 198
Inca Dove 3
Common Ground-Dove 1
Greater Roadrunner 2
Eastern Screech-Owl 2
Great Horned Owl 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 7
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 24
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 57
Northern Flicker 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 110
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
White-eyed Vireo 4
Hutton's Vireo 15
Western Scrub-Jay 59
Chihuahuan Raven 4
Common Raven 41
Carolina Chickadee 122
Black-crested Titmouse 179
Bushtit 20
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Rock Wren 1
Canyon Wren 20
Carolina Wren 77
Species Common Name Total
Bewick's Wren 38
House Wren 3
Marsh Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 100
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 126
Townsend Solitaire 10
Hermit Thrush 44
American Robin 124
Northern Mockingbird 38
Sage Thrasher 1
European Starling 25
Cedar Waxwing 410
Orange-crowned Warbler 17
Common Yellowthroat 2
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warb 38
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Olive Sparrow 2
Spotted Towhee 64
Canyon Towhee 2
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 142
Chipping Sparrow 809
Field Sparrow 58
Vesper Sparrow 14
Lark Sparrow 7
Savannah Sparrow 40
LeConte's Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 8
Lincoln's Sparrow 35
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 6
White-crowned Sparrow 4
sparrow sp. 58
Dark-eyed Junco 38
Northern Cardinal 152
Red-winged Blackbird 64
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Western Meadowlark 13
meadowlark sp. 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Audubon's Oriole 1
House Finch 115
Pine Siskin 2
Lesser Goldfinch 38
American Goldfinch 81
Total Birds 5013
Total Species102

Red Highlight = Rare Bird Report require
CW = Count Week bird
Green Highlight = Not counting towards species total
Orange Highlight = Total # birds seen for count
Blue Highlight = Total # species seen