2016 Christmas Bird Count Results
We finally have the results for the 2016 Anchorage Christmas Bird Count which was held on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
We’re sorry for the delay in reporting. It took us awhile to undo the damage done to the Anchorage Audubon CBC database by Russian hackers.
Our Anchorage teams of Christmas Counters located 37 species of birds on count day with one additional “count week” species (a Short-eared Owl!) being reported bringing the total number of species seen during count week to 38 species . The total number of individual birds spotted was 20,739.
This graph shows that the 2016 CBC was perhaps a little bit below our previous fifteen year average which appears to be “about” 40-42 species (give or take), but what we lacked in quantity, we MORE than made up for in the “quality” department….with two 1st ever Anchorage CBC records including a Song Sparrow (1st ever Anchorage CBC record), the American Kestrel (again 1st ever Anchorage CBC record), and a Pacific Wren (2nd ever Anchorage CBC record) following the 1st ever Anchorage CBC record in 2015.
Of the 38 species observed during count week, 7 species were represented by only ONE individual being sighted. Bohemian Waxwings were once again the most numerous birds found with 7,857 seen (compared to the 54 year average of 3,851). Common Redpolls made an impressive showing this year with 3,227 seen (compared to the 56 year average of 1,425), which landed them in second place for numbers sighted as well as Black-capped Chickadees with 2,085 seen (compared to a 57 year average of 893), which landed them in third place.
Data from the Anchorage Count follows below, and is sorted according to the number of each species seen. The Tally Party and Chili Feed was a fabulous get-together, and we’d like to thank the First Congregational Church, Lynn Barber, and Louann Feldmann for making the evening possible.
Also worthy of our highest praise are Area Leaders Thede Tobish, Andrew Fisher, Daria Carle, Tom Evans, Dick Prentki, and Pat Pourchot; Chief Coordinator Louann Feldmann; and all of the many, many counters and feeder watchers who provided the data for this year’s count.
Anchorage continues to be a Rock Star of Christmas Bird Counts. For the 2014 CBC, of the 2,408 count circles reporting, Anchorage had the 24th highest participation in the USA!! This is not a per-capita number, it’s based on total participants. We rock, and here’s what we saw for the 2016 CBC:
|Great Horned Owl||5|
|Am. Three-toed Woodpecker||3|
|Short-eared Owl (count week)||1|
As seen during the Tally Party, graphs have been made of each species on a per year basis since the count began. These graphs are available for viewing via the following link:
The graphs total about 1 megabyte (1 MB), so they aren’t small, but nor are they large, representing about 1/700 of a typical movie available for streaming on the various movie streaming services on the web. So you choose the fun – the number of species recorded during the last 50 or so years of the Anchorage CBC, or 10-1/2 seconds of the movie “Dumb and Dumber”.
We’ve actually spotted what looks to be a data error in the historical data based upon these graphs. If you can spot it, please let us know, as we’ll definitely put YOU on the short list for our anti-Russian hacking team we are assembling!