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Christmas 2000 Bird Count

Species Counts for Pittsburgh South Hills, Pennsylvania, United States (PAPS)
Count 101
Saturday, December 23, 2000

About the Count” gives a brief description of the Pittsburgh South Hills Christmas 2000 Bird Count.

Species Number Flags
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 12
Canada Goose 538
Mute Swan 1
Muscovy Duck cw
Wood Duck 1
American Black Duck 15
Mallard 993
Northern Shoveler cw
American Green-winged Teal cw
Ring-necked Duck 1
Common Goldeneye 1
Common Merganser 2
Northern Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5
Cooper's Hawk 9
Red-tailed Hawk 50
American Kestrel 5
Merlin 1
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Ruffed Grouse 1
Wild Turkey 94
American Coot 8
Ring-billed Gull 81
Herring Gull 5
Rock Dove 187
Mourning Dove 331
Eastern Screech-Owl 9
Great Horned Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 82
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker cw
Downy Woodpecker 138
Hairy Woodpecker 13
Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker 16

Species Number Flags
Pileated Woodpecker 14
Blue Jay 222
American Crow 269
Carolina Chickadee 181
Black-capped Chickadee 144
Tufted Titmouse 238
White-breasted Nuthatch 76
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 73
Winter Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 19
Eastern Bluebird 43
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 33
Northern Mockingbird 15
European Starling 1439
Cedar Waxwing 38
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler 5
Eastern Towhee 6
American Tree Sparrow 64
Song Sparrow 186
White-throated Sparrow 198
White-crowned Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 269
Northern Cardinal 538
Brown-headed Cowbird 2 US
Purple Finch cw
House Finch 136
American Goldfinch 144
House Sparrow 886
gull sp. 1
chickadee sp. 204

8064 total birds reported on count day.
59 species reported on count day.

cw = reported during count week; US = flagged as an unusual species.

About the Count

December 23, 2000, was the inaugural Christmas Bird Count (CBC) as an official Audubon Circle. It took two years of hard work by CLS Board Member Nancy Page to achieve this designation.

The weather was cold and crisp at 4 degrees F in the early morning. One to three inches of snow covered the ground. Nancy Page, the compiler, and Bill Judd, the coordinator, divided the 15-mile diameter circle into seven areas for reporting purposes. Teams were assigned to each area. Forty hardy souls eagerly met at their appointed places that morning, looking forward to the day's birding.

As dusk fell, the birders left the fields and gathered at Annette and Preston Shimer's home to compile the count from the seven areas of the Circle. They enjoyed a hot chili dinner as the numbers rolled in. Feeder counters (participants who counted the birds at their home feeders) added their numbers to the field count. In the end, 8,064 individual birds from 59 different species were counted. The first year of the Pittsburgh South Hills CBC was a great success. We are looking forward to next year and are planning for it already.

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