Contests & Special Counts
Christmas Bird Count 2020
Posted 5/5/21       
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Sullivan County Audubon Society has participated in National Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count every year since 1950!  We have not missed a single count in over 60 years!

The data for all of the Christmas Counts conducted all over North America are now available online through the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Our local count has code NYMT and is called the “Monticello, NY” count.  If you want to see the information we have contributed over the years, including the kinds of birds and the numbers found go to the Audubon CBC "Results" page and start by clicking Current Year or Historical at the top of the screen. If you'd like to learn more about the Christmas Bird Count, check out National Audubon's CBC website.

An intrepid group of our members participated in the Christmas Bird Count this past December 30th, keeping a tradition alive even in this very untraditional year. Our count circle was divided into more sections than usual to accommodate smaller groups and to avoid carpooling while 21 volunteers counted every bird they could see and hear. It was a seasonally cold day with no snow and calm winds. The trend of empty feeders seems to be continuing in many places, but 3,227 birds representing 56 species were found on the count day and week. 

Arlene Borko's feeder watch was the only one submitted for the count and included an impressive 16 Wild Turkeys. John Haas had 33 Bald Eagles in his section along with a great showing of winter birds. Red-breasted Nuthatches were joined by Red Crossbills and Common Redpolls. 

The team of Kathy Scullion, Scott Graber, and Bill Cutler spent a lot of their day on foot and resulted in high numbers of four different woodpecker species along with a great diversity of songbirds including a Hermit Thrush. Kate and Charles Hyden worked a new section and found the only Turkey Vulture of the count along with two Black Scoters!

Scott Baldinger, Marlena Lange, Mary Buskey, and Mark Diedrich covered the Bashakill and surrounding area which resulted in 44 of the 56 total species seen by all teams! In addition to Common Redpolls they also found Pine Siskins. Renee Davis and Marge Gorton also found many woodpeckers of four species along with our high count of Dark-eyed Juncos. 

Maura and Truth Muller covered their area with highlights including an accommodating Pileated Woodpecker and a pair of Common Ravens. Patrick and Riley Dechon found the only American Robins for the count and shared their section with Mary Collier, Joe Arter, Emily Arter, and Isabel Arter who found a particularly productive area swarming with Mourning Doves. 

It was another great year for our Christmas Bird Count and we are always on the lookout for new volunteers and feeder watchers. If interested, please contact Patrick Dechon at to sign up.

Patrick Dechon