The James B Harrison Foundation hosted its first Spring Bird Count last weekend, on Saturday, April 13th. We had 9 birders in attendance with 3 Christmas Bird Count returners, and 5 new birding friends joining in on the birding action.
The weather held up for our 9 birders who observed a total of 62 species throughout the 4-hour morning count.
Adding to our birding checklist from our Christmas Bird Counts was a total of 15-species. Most of these 15 species of birds were migratory or spring species not usually recorded during our December counts. These species included Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Franklin’s Gulls, Broad-winged Hawk, Mississippi Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Purple Gallinule, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and the Carolina Wren.
We would like to extend a big thank you to those birders who braved the unpredictable weather to join us for our first Spring Count and make it such a big success. You all are always welcome to join us for future events and we look forward to adding more birding opportunities to our calendar in the future.