Christmas Bird Count 2015 Summary
We were lucky to have a nice day for the 2015 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) in Hot
Springs Village on December 14th. Five teams went out to count birds in the field, and one team counted at home feeders.
Our numbers were down this year from 2014. Prior to the count, many birders had
mentioned that bird sightings seemed to be down. Our numbers showed that to be true. Total CBC count this year was 3341. The count for 2014 was 9224. Species were up
by two this year for a total of 76.
These numbers are somewhat misleading. Last year was very unusual for an
extremely high count of American Robins at 2823 and Red-winged Blackbirds at 1978. Those two species alone counted for 4801 birds last year - almost half the birds counted. Yes, our numbers for 2015
were still down overall, but not as drastically as it looks at first. We will have to wait and see if HSV was an anomaly, or if the 2015 bird count was down nationally.
The only somewhat rare bird sighted was a Loggerhead Shrike by the East Team.
Though this is not a rare bird in Arkansas, it is rare in our area.
High species count went to the American crow at 379. Dark-eyed Junco came in a
distant second at 255.
Thanks to all the HSV Audubon members who particpated. Special thanks go to our
team leaders and to our computer compiler, Keith Salisbury. Without all your help, this citizen science project would never fly!
For details of the 2015 CBC, click on the