Cache Valley (Logan) Christmas Bird Count

Join us Saturday, December 16th, for the Cache Valley (Logan) Christmas Bird Count. It will be an adventure… We are looking forward to your participation this month. Please check out our reports for updates. Keep your feeders full and get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count and Feederwatch. Record your sightings on ebird.

Logan, UT Christmas Bird Count Map per Bryan Dixon 2015

Logan, UT
Christmas Bird Count Map
per Bryan Dixon 2015

National Audubon Interactive ArcGIS map (No sector lines, opens in new window)
Cache Valley (Logan) Christmas Bird Count Circle with Sector Lines(A pdf that opens in a new window and can be zoomed)



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Sign up for the 2023 Christmas Bird Count
Common Cache Valley Feeder Birds(with Images)
Home Sector participants, please verify you reside within the count circle:
Circle Map Image (loads faster)
New Circle Map .pdf (more detail)

After you count December 16, 2023: Scan and return your count bird names and numbers, with your name, telephone, hours and miles walked and driven to cbc@bridgerlandaudubon.org

Contents:

  • Overview
  • Christmas Bird Count Video (23 minutes)
  • Sector Counter Guidance
  • Home Sector Guidance
  • Sector Counters
  • For CBC Compilers
  • Logan Christmas Bird Count History
  • How to Count Birds, eBird Help Center, Modified on: Thu, 23 Mar, 2023, https://support.ebird.org/en/support/solutions/articles/48000838845-how-to-count-birds (Opens in new tab/window)
  • Birding Tools, Bridgerland Audubon Society, https://bridgerlandaudubon.org/birding-tools/
  • Bird Search, Identification Tools, National Audubon, https://www.audubon.org/search_results
  • Saha, Purbita Christmas Bird Count, A Photo ID Quiz That’s Perfect for Beginner Birders, National Audubon, December 14, 2016, https://www.audubon.org/news/a-photo-id-quiz-thats-perfect-beginner-birders
  • Bird Surveys (How is bird data used?)
  • We can use beginners as well as experienced birders to find owls, falcons, and odd ducks, even feathered ones. Contact Hilary Shughart hilary.shughart@gmail.com, for more information or to join the Count. We count within sectors of the circle and we rely upon local back-yard and neighborhood Home Sector reports too. Above all, we encourage counting in family groups and communicating via electronic means to prevent the spread of the virus.
    With your assistance and a wink from Mother Nature, we could break 100 species – again!

    Due to COVID-19 and other health guidance, we need to add social distancing to the challenges presented in counting our flying friends. Count areas will be assigned. You may request one, but please help us cover the entire circle. Please sign up ahead of time using our email form. (Please email hilary.shughart@gmail.com, subject: Logan Christmas Bird Count and include your name, address, telephone and email.) Count submissions will be using a downloadable form. You may return the form by scanning and emailing it, mailing to our PO Box or by dropping off. To keep our event from being a superspreader, we will not meet for a count party.

    CBC General Presentation v4 with voice over from Audubon Science on Vimeo.

    23’13” Minute Christmas Bird Count Overview

    Home Sector Guidance

    Home Sector
    Sign Up

    Please signup Please sign up for the 2023 Christmas Bird Count to let me know if you plan to participate in the Christmas Bird Count Home Sector. you can participate by counting from home and/or by joining sector leaders from the Amalga Barrens and Benson wetlands to the Smithfield mountains and Logan Canyon. Short and long versions of the instructions can be found below, along with the Watch Circle map, and a new photo-illustrated checklist of common winter feeder birds for Cache Valley, by Chris Wilson. As long as you live inside the Watch Circle you can participate in the Home Sector.  The 15-mile diameter Watch Circle is centered on a vending machine on Main Street & Hyde Park Lane (US 91 & 3600 N).

    Cache Valley (Logan) Christmas Bird Count Circle Map
    per Bryan Dixon 2015

    National Audubon Interactive ArcGIS map (No sector lines, opens in new window)
    Cache Valley (Logan) Christmas Bird Count Circle with Sector Lines(A pdf that opens in a new window and can be zoomed)

    This is the 123rd National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, and the 67th year for the Bridgerland Audubon Society, and your participation is important to scientists all around the world.
    If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
    Thanks!
    Hilary Shughart
    President, Bridgerland Audubon Society
    Protecting the nature of Utah for people and wildlife.

    Short version: Please email your information in this format by 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2023:

    Bird Count Data

    Logan CBC Saturday, December 16, 2023 – Feeder Watch Datasheet

    Observer Names:

    Feeder Location:

    Street:

    Zip:

    Email:

    Phone:

    Start Time:

    End Time:

    Species, Maximum Number Species:

     

    You can report anything seen or heard after within the 24-hour day, December 16. Please return Home Sector datasheets to Bridgerland Audubon by email, preferably by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 16.  The information is the important part. We can still accept reports a few days late, as long as they cover birds counted on December 16.

    Completed datasheets can be emailed to cbc@bridgerlandaudubon.org Any delay in return may exclude your data from the overall Logan CBC dataset.

    Long Version:

    Feeder Watch Survey Protocol How to Observe:

    You can conduct the Feeder Watch survey using a couple of different techniques – Continuous or Sporadic:

    Continuous

    You can conduct your survey in one continuous block of time eg. 60-90 minutes or more. This method will enable you to schedule your day around your survey. You can conduct your survey at any time on count day. You could survey first thing in the morning and then continue about your business for the rest of the day, or leave it to last thing in the afternoon. This way the count need not interrupt your day too much.

    Sporadic

    If you are unable to devote a continuous chunk of time to the survey, you can conduct your count in multiple smaller blocks of time eg. 5-10 minutes. The benefit of this is that you may be able to better fit this type of survey into your busy Holiday schedule. For example, you could make multiple discreet observation periods by dividing up the Logan CBC day. You could spend 5-10 minutes watching the feeder(s) first thing in the morning; then you could conduct replicate 5-10 min observations every 2-3 hours throughout the rest of the day. At the end of the day, you will have multiple completed datasheets from which you can glean the highest numbers of birds observed for each species.

    What to Record

    For your convenience, a datasheet can be found at the end of this document for you to keep track of your observations and record your feeder count totals. Please email your results in this format and ensure to complete all parts of the ‘About the Survey’ section at the top of the datasheet.***

    I have attached the Logan CBC Sightings Worksheet.

    Here’s the BAS checklist by season, but it includes all birds in Cache Valley, it is not narrowed down to the likely backyard birds:

    https://bridgerlandaudubon.org/birding-tools/checklist-of-birds-of-cache-valley/

    These are some of the most likely birds you will see in your own backyard:

    House Finch
    American Goldfinch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    Pine Siskin
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Black-capped chickadee
    Mountain chickadee
    Robin
    Black-billed Magpie
    American Crow
    Mourning Dove (rare in winter)
    Collared Dove
    European Starling
    House sparrow
    Northern Flicker
    American Kestrel
    Cedar Waxwing
    Ring-necked Pheasant
     
    Feeder Location

    The bird feeder(s) that are being surveyed must be located within the Logan CBC boundary. Therefore, we require you to record the physical address of the feeder(s) being surveyed on the datasheet. We will double check the location of the feeder(s) before adding the data into the full count database. The 15-mile diameter Watch Circle is centered on a vending machine on Main Street & Hyde Park Lane (US 91 & 3600 N).

    Observers

    We need to know how many observers are taking part in your Feeder Watch count. This helps us give credit to those who helped gather the data and aids us in calculating part of the “effort” (in this case, numbers of eyes) used in collecting the data. We cannot accept your data unless we know how many people took part in your feeder count.

    Time

    It is vitally important to record the start and end time of your survey period(s) because we need to know the “effort” (in this case, time spent watching) used to count the number of individuals and species. Similar to the number of observers, we cannot accept your data unless we know how much time you spent conducting your feeder count.

    Species

    For the data to be accurate, it is important to correctly identify the different species of bird that use your bird feeder(s) and backyard. Fortunately, there are a limited number of species that occur in Cache Valley’s urban yards in winter and so with a good bird identification website, book or mobile App, learning the different species should be relatively easy.

    Bird Identification Websites: (click to open in new tab or window)
  • All About Birds by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • eBird by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Audubon Bird Guide
  • Bird Library by American Bird Conservancy
  • UtahBirds: Birds of the United States & Canada
  • Common Cache Valley Feeder Birds(with Images)
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    Bird Apps to Download from Your App Store:
  • Birdnet Sound ID by Cornell Lab
  • Audubon Bird Guide
  • eBird
  • Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab
  • Merlin Bird Song Identifier
  • Song Sleuth
  • Smart Bird ID

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    Number

    Feeder Watchers should record the maximum number of each species visible (or within earshot) at any one time as the maximum count. You should not simply tally individuals each time you see them as you do not know for sure that they are different individuals. You may only have 2 or 3 individuals that depart and return repeatedly to the feeder(s). Therefore, only record the maximum number of individuals you see/hear at any one time. For example, if a single Black- capped Chickadee visits your feeder, then later two visit, and later still three show up at your feeder or are visible in a nearby shrub, your count for Black-capped Chickadee will be three – the highest number you see at one time, not 6, the total number of individuals seen. Remember, even if you don’t count any birds during your survey we want your data; zero is a useful data point.

    Bird Location

    You are not constrained to only recording the birds that come to your bird feeder, you can count any birds that come to your yard, including those that fly through or over your yard too. The majority of Feeder Watchers will position themselves next to a window in their home or apartment where they can get a good view of their bird feeder. From that vantage you may include any other birds that you can accurately identify from the window.

    Gender

    It’s possible to distinguish the sex of some bird species by color. We encourage you to do this if you are confident in your abilities. When looking at House Finches, instead of counting 25 House Finches, we’d prefer it if you counted 16 red (i.e., adult males) and 9 brown (not adult males). That way, if you count again later and have 12 red and 20 brown, you’ll be able to say you had 36 House Finches because the greatest count of “reds” you had was 16 and the greatest count of “browns” you had was 20: 16 + 20 = 36. This of course does not work for all birds, only those that are sexually dimorphic.

    Finalizing the Datasheet

    Once your survey(s) are complete, please ensure all of the data you have entered on your datasheet is legible. The most important items are the ‘About the Survey’ section, the number of individuals of each species, and the effort taken to record those birds. If you did a single survey of eg. 60 minutes, simply ensure the maximum number of each species is detailed on the datasheet along with the start and end time, and the number of observers. If you did multiple short surveys, tally all of the minutes spent surveying (eg. 10 + 8 + 6 + 10 = 34) at the top of the datasheet and determine which of the surveys recorded the highest maximum number of individuals for each species and report only those. At the end you will have a list with each species listed only once with one number next to each that represents the highest number of individuals for each species observed throughout the time spent surveying.

    Sign up for the 2023 Christmas Bird Count
    Common Cache Valley Feeder Birds(with Images)
    Download and print the count circle map
    Scan and return the count worksheet after you count December 16, 2023

    Sector Counters

    Sign Up
    Sign up for the 2023 Christmas Bird Count
    Count worksheet for sector counters
    National Audubon-Participants Guide on What Data to Collect During Your Christmas Bird Count
    Download and print the count worksheet

    For CBC Compilers:

    CBC Compilers Manual, National Audubon Society, https://bridgerlandaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/NAS-CBC-Compilers-Manual.pdf
    Bridgerland Audubon Society participation waiver and sign-up sheethttps://bridgerlandaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Bridgerland-Audubon-Society-waiver-and-sign-up-sheet.pdf

    Christmas Bird Count History


    Bird Surveys

    Examples of where databases are found and how bird data is used:
  • Christmas Bird Count, Annual Summaries of the Christmas Bird Count, 1901-Present, National Audubon, https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count/american-birds-annual-summary-christmas-bird-count
  • North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), USGS, https://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/
    Paul, D.S., and A.E. Manning. Great Salt Lake Waterbird Survey Five-Year Report (1997-2001). 1 Oct. 2008. Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Accessed March 12, 2023, https://wildlife.utah.gov/waterbirdsurvey/
  • Migratory Shorebird Survey: Utah, Sageland Collaborative, https://sagelandcollaborative.org/shorebirds/