Thirty two (plus six at feeders) participants, in 13 parties, found 94 species on 18 December 2004 on the oc-casion of the 105th National Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the 61st Lawrence Christmas Bird Count. Thisyear's species total broke the 90 species threshold, which we have only done six times before on the Lawrence CBC!It was a very good effort by all involved. We recorded 23 species (plus one more during count week) of waterfowland other water birds. Although the total number of water birds was on the low side, the number of species recordedwas very good for this year’s count. Sparrow, blackbird, and finch numbers were rather low (with the exception of White-throated Sparrow!) this year and in some cases down right hard to find. We did, however, record 3 LeConte’sSparrows and 2 Marsh Wrens at Baker Wetlands and a Golden-crowned Sparrow at the town of Clinton.The complete list (in the latest AOU order!) that follows (see page 3) has the unusual species and/or unusu-ally high individual numbers noted. There was one new species recorded this year (Cackling Goose) to add to our cumulative all-time species total of 157 + 1 = 158. This small form of Canada Goose has always been present in theLawrence area in the winter, but has only recently been split from the other Canada forms and elevated to the statusof a full species by the AOU. We tied or set all-time record high counts for nine species: Ring-billed Gull (6210),Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (23), Pileated Woodpecker (6), Marsh Wren (2), Hermit Thrush (8), American Robin(31,200), Northern Mockingbird (24), Yellow-rumped Warbler (76), and White-throated Sparrow (47). Other un-usual species were American Black Duck (2), Red-breasted Merganser (2), American White Pelican (2), Eared Grebe(1), Prairie Falcon (1), Merlin (count week), Long-eared Owl (2), and Great-tailed Grackle (80). Notable misses thisyear include American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Rough-legged Hawked, and Lapland Longspur. Thanksto all of this year's participants, Jayhawk Audubon for covering the participation fee, and to the Prairie Park NatureCenter for providing us with a place to hold the compilation dinner. Hope to see you all again next year for the 106th National Audubon Christmas Bird Count! — Galen Pittman, Lawrence CBC compiler
JAYHAWK AUDUBON SOCIETY
Results of the 2004 Lawrence CBC
The Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Soci-ety, takes place February 18-21, 2005. We need every bird enthusiast in North America to count for the birds!All you need is basic knowledge of bird identification and access to the Internet at home, a friend's house, local li- brary, school, or anywhere you can get access to the Web. See our web site for more information on how to partici- pate: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/Here's what you do:• Count the birds in your backyard, local park, or other natural area on one or all four count days. You cancount in as many different locations as you wish, just make sure to keep separate records and fill out a checklist for each area.• Watch the birds for at least 15 minutes on each day that you participate. We recommend watching for a half-hour or more, so that you'll have a good sense of what birds are in your area.• How to count: Your data will be used by scientists to analyze bird populations, so it is very important thateveryone count their birds in exactly the same way. On the day(s) that you count, watch your bird feeders or take ashort walk (less than 1 mile) in your neighborhood or park.For each kind (species) of bird that you see, keep track of the highest number of individuals that you observe at anyone time. Use a "tally sheet" to help keep track of your counts. Your tally sheet should look something like the fol-lowing:House Finch - 3, 5, 3, 1High Count = 5Blue Jay - 1, 3, 6, 2High Count = 6Be careful not to count the same bird over and over! Don't add another Blue Jay to your tally every time you see aBlue Jay at the feeder. You could be seeing the same individual again and again. If you record only the highest num- ber of individual birds that you see in view at one time,
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