the Great Backyard Bird Count

Subject: the Great Backyard Bird Count
From: "" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:15:04 +0200
In South Africa we do the Coordinated Waterbird Counts (CWAC) twice a year to keep tabs on the numbers for each species for each reserve where the counts happen. These only count waterbirds though and take place in specific reserves. There are separate counts for bush birds as well...

Gordon King
Simply Birding
LBJ's made simple; Sounds of the African Bush; Mammals made simple
Simply Birding <> Southern African LBJ's made simple <> Sounds of the African Bush <> Southern African Mammals made simple <>
On 16/02/2014 13:21, Philip Veerman wrote:
There appears to be a tradition both in Europe and USA of doing annual
Northern Hemisphere bird counts in (the middle of) winter or as a christmas
day count. And publishing these results. It perplexes me too as to why they
do that then. Maybe because it is easier without all the (more difficult to
identify) migrants such as the warblers, that would be present in their
summer. Maybe they are interested in tracking the population changes of
resident species.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Laurie Knight
Sent: Sunday, 16 February 2014 3:22 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] No submissions from Darwin,Broome or the bulk of the
outback for the Great Backyard Bird Count

So far about 31,000 checklists have been submitted today.  (I put in
two for my neighbourhood).  If you look at the map
   ), you can see the checklists being submitted in real time -
obviously a lot coming in from the USA.  There is fairly good coverage
of NZ and southern India, but outback Aus observations are few and far

The number of species reported is currently 2713, so they are a fair
bit behind last year's total of 4258 species.  I suspect there are
over 200 Australian species that could easily be added to the list by
people who have been out this weekend (any pelagics?)

The one question I have is why did the Audubon society choose February
(the depths of winter in the northern hemisphere) for its annual
birdcount?  Perhaps they were hoping for strong participation rates
from southern observers?

Regards, Laurie.

On 13/02/2014, at 6:19 PM, Laurie Knight wrote:

The Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb. 14-17.  According to the
following article, birders in 100 countries will be participating ...

The deal is that participants do 15+ min bird list for a geographic
location and load their sightings on

Regards, Laurie.

Birding-Aus mailing list

To change settings or unsubscribe visit:

Birding-Aus mailing list

To change settings or unsubscribe visit:

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU