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2019 Count Results
Colorado Springs Christmas Bird Counters,
Thank you to all of you for participating in this year’s Colorado Springs CBC. I appreciate the time and effort that each of you dedicated to make this count a success. A total of 156 people participated as field observers and/or feeder watchers in 30 areas within our count circle. We covered 152 miles on foot, 460 miles by car, and a total of 212 party hours for this year’s count. Through such effort, we found 93 species on count day and one additional count week species. The 70-year average species count is 80.4 species, though the average since 1990 is 91 species. We tallied 16,953 individual birds, considerably higher than the 70-year average of 11,331 individuals (average since 1990 = 16,402 individuals).
I have attached the annual count records, which include historical data for the Colorado Springs CBC back to 1950. The results for the 2019 Colorado Springs CBC are also attached, and are presented by individual count areas.
We set several record high counts of species this year, which can largely be attributed to the effort that area leaders and participants made to cover our count circle thoroughly and carefully. The following species set or tied record highs for number of individuals counted, and the parenthetical year indicates the year the previous record was set: Cackling Goose (2,165 individuals, 2017), Belted Kingfisher (13, tied 2000 and 2018), Bald Eagle (8, 1956!), Downy Woodpecker (90, 2015), and White-breasted Nuthatch (177, 2014). Several field counters noted good conifer cone crops, and large numbers of Pine Siskins, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and other irruptive species that respond to the quality of the cone crops were documented.
A Pacific Wren, a first for the count and only the second record for El Paso County, was found in Bear Creek Canyon. Also, a gull in the genus Leucophaeus (either a Franklin’s Gull or Laughing Gull) was observed in flight over Fort Carson. Oddly, not only do these species not spend the winter in Colorado, but the observed bird also had a fully black head, which implies the bird was in breeding plumage. A Barrow’s Goldeneye was observed at Prospect Lake during count week. This species has been documented on this CBC only three times, most recently in 2005.
This event is truly a group effort. Each year, Colorado Springs has one of the highest participant turnouts of any CBC in Colorado. CBCs are a great way to contribute to the effort to sustain our bird populations. Cornell Lab recently began a campaign to highlight Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds, among which is contributing to citizen science. Follow the link to see how else you can easily help birds.
If you have any suggestions for changes or improvements for the Colorado Springs CBC, please share them with me. I look forward to seeing everyone again for next year’s CBC.
Colorado Springs CBC Compiler
Aiken Audubon Society
Download PDFs or Excel spreadsheets:
- 2019 CS CBC Final Tally PDF
- 2019 CS CBC Final Tally Excel
- CS CBC Year Summaries 1950-2019 PDF
- CS CBC Year Summaries 1950-2019 Excel
Those who participated in the day’s count gathered together over a potluck dinner at Bear Creek Nature Center for the 2019 Tally Rally.
Aiken’s results from previous years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. Complete data is available by signing up for Audubon’s free e-magazine, American Birds, at www.audubon.org/citizenscience.