A GREAT COUNT ON JANUARY 4, 2014, THANKS TO ALL!
As usual we need to be grateful in so many ways for our fabulous birding community, both residents and out-of-towners, who spend so much time and effort in making our count such a success. Our final number of species is 222, as we have completed our compilation work and have submitted our official report. We are pleased to have detected the highest total of species in California, and the second-highest count this year in the ABA area made up of the United States and Canada. The total announced at the dinner on count day, 219, just illustrates how volatile this number is until we get all of your paperwork and, increasingly, electronic submissions tallied and verified.
It’s all of you that took part that makes this count what it is. It’s important to remember that the heart of this endeavor is an ongoing population census of our local birds. In brief, kudos to those birders out of the limelight that, for example, counted our large coot and crow flocks, for it is in these kinds of data that the true importance of our effort lies.
Check out the “Recent Results” page for the official numbers, and for a summary of unusual birds encountered.
Our count compilers are Rebecca Coulter, Joan Murdoch, and Jared Dawson, assisted by the wonderful CBC Committee. We thank everyone who participates and makes our count such a great community event!
THE NEXT COUNT WILL BE ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2015
(photo above of a Lewis’s Woodpecker taken by Adam Lewis at Lake Los Carneros on January 2, 2010, on the 110th Christmas Bird Count day in Santa Barbara)