Christmas Bird Count season - South of the border

Group leaders at El Jaguar compiling their data from the 112th annual Christmas Bird Count and the third year from this count in Nicaragua. Audubon NC partners Lily and Georges Duriaux and Salvadora Morales are some of the folks pictured here.

Our partners in Nicaragua at El Jaguar recently completed their third annual Christmas Bird Count.  Audubon North Carolina helped establish this count and the counts in Nicaragua have increased from one count in 2008 to four this year, with the newest being at our friend Salvadora Morales' project site at Ometepe (see our previous post on Ometepe).  Since the El Jaguar count began, they have found 255 species of birds!  This year they totaled 197 species including 36 new species for the circle.  Many of the new birds were neotropical migrants including Bay-breasted Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler and Scarlet Tanager.  Congrats to the participants for their efforts!!

And of course hundreds of volunteers also counted birds at about 50 count circles here in North Carolina.  Results are available on the CBC website.

-- Curtis Smalling

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