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Christmas Bird Count Update!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
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The 116th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) began on December 15 and the results are starting to come in. With all the warm weather we’ve been experiencing, there was an expectation of high counts boosted by lingering migrants. Unfortunately, the weather has been less than cooperative on count days leading to low counts, cold birders, but enjoyable outings nonetheless.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

In case you missed it, here is a great article from Deirdre Fleming of the Portland Press Herald, who followed me and a group of young birders around during the York County CBC.

Results from around the state are beginning to be posted. Here are a few results so far:

And there is still time to join a count near you! Here is a complete list of CBC’s around the state.


Doug Hitchcox Head Shot - please credit  M. Kathleen Kelly (1)Meet Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist

A Maine native, Doug grew up in Hollis and graduated from the University of Maine in 2011. Throughout college Doug worked at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and was hired as Maine Audubon’s staff naturalist in the summer of 2013, a long time “dream job.” In his free time, Doug volunteers as one of Maine’s eBird reviewers, is the owner and moderator of the ‘Maine-birds’ listserv and serves as York County Audubon board member and Secretary of the Maine Bird Records Committee.


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