provided to The Santiva Chronicle
The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society conducted its annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, Dec. 18 with 108 participants counting a total of 10,869 birds comprised of 96 different species. The results of the San-Cap count will be reported to the National Audubon Society and will become part of the 122nd Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
The overall count was below average. Warm temperatures up north which may have delayed migrations could have played a part in very low count totals for Warblers and Tree Swallows. Laughing Gull and Brown Pelican counts were also lower than normal possibly for the same reason.
Audubon Christmas Bird Counts are conducted throughout much of the Western Hemisphere from mid-December through early January. The CBC is a fertile source of historical information on the status and distribution of early winter bird populations and is studied by scientists and interested individuals the world over.
San-Cap Audubon sincerely thanks all those who took part in this year’s successful Christmas Bird Count. Many thanks also to SCCF for their count support and J.N. “Ding” Darling NWR for their count contributions and continued support.