Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Mon Dec 23 22:40:49 EST 2013


A CBC - Christmas Bird Count - is a very organized event with very specific rules that have to be followed.  The advantage to that is that it accumulates data over years, data that can show meaningful patterns of change.  On the other hand it does limit spontaneity!

CBC counts occur in circles, as others have said, and each occurs on a specific day.  If your personal feeders fall in one of the circles, you count on the day that circle is counted, and follow the counting rules, you can send those numbers to that circle's leader and they can include it in the circle's numbers.  If you fall within a circle but miss the specific day the only thing that may be included from your observation is any species you report within three days either side of the official count day that wasn't seen on the count day - a "count week" species.

However if you do not fall within a circle there are still options for counting and reporting your observations.  One is Project Feederwatch (http://feederwatch.org/), where you observe on a regular basis over the season.  Another is the Great Backyard Birdcount, which runs over a long weekend every February (http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc).  A third is toreport sightings made any day (or place) to eBird (http://ebird.org/content/ebird/).  As with the CBC, all of the above get your observations recorded as part of a long-term process with many other birders.  You could even report your birds here on CTBirds, though most only report activity at their feeders that is unusual such as an uncommon bird, or an abrupt change in what is showing up.

I hope that helps clarify things a bit.

Good birding!

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

From: Nick Ferrauolo <naferrauolo1999 at gmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org 
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2013 8:31 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] CBC HELP

Thanks alot for the help on the walks but say I wanted to post something
about my personal feeder?


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