Seasonal bird counts have been a central part of Birmingham Audubon’s work ever since its founding in 1946. This year, we’re continuing that tradition with four great counts, beginning with our fifty-third annual Fall Bird Count, scheduled for Saturday, September 30th.
Together, we’ll spend the day in small groups surveying bird populations at a wide variety of sites located in Jefferson, Shelby, and St. Clair counties. Fall migrants, resident hawks, large waders, even common birds like Northern Mockingbirds and American Robins, are all fair game—each sighting contributes to a half-century-long dataset with important information on shifting ranges, the effects of urbanization, and climate-related population changes.
Because this is a coordinated scientific survey, we require all participants to RSVP at least a day or two before the count: to do so, log in to our member portal here, or email the Outreach Director, subject line: “Fall Bird Count,” with your contact information (cell, email) and what times you’d like to participate. You should also let us know if you’re new to bird counts, as we’ll need to send further instructions on how to participate, what to expect, &c. (Don’t be intimidated, though! We strongly encourage participation by new and inexperienced birders—nothing quite builds expertise like a day-long count in the company of a seasoned birder.)
As always with our counts, we’ll meet up at the end of the day for refreshments, good conversation, and the evening “compilation,” the sometimes raucous process by which the day’s final bird list is assembled. (This is also your best opportunity to brag about all those unusual sightings you managed to get—so long as you bring proof of the really rare ones!)
Can’t join us in the field? Email the Outreach Director for information and protocols on how to participate at your home feeder!
Compilation location: Anne Miller will host the compilation at her home in Bluff Park (980 Shades Crest Road).
More information: To learn more about how bird counts work, and to read the history of the one that started it all, check out National Audubon’s “History of the Christmas Bird Count” page.