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Christmas Bird Count (2000)
The York/Rock Hill (S.C.) Christmas Bird Count--which includes the waters and woods of Hilton Pond Center--was a focal point for the last full week of the year. Christmas Counts are conducted across the nation under the auspices of the National Audubon Society in an attempt to census winter birds. Although factors such as the number of observers or time spent in the field may vary from year to year, some counts have been conducted so many times that they are reliable indicators of trends in bird populations.
Eight intrepid birders started the 2000 York/Rock Hill Count at 6:30 am on 23 December, combing the myriad habitats that fall within a circle 15 miles in diameter and centered where Tools Fork Creek flows under SC Hwy. 5. (Click here for a complete description of the Count circle.) In all, we tallied 8,812 individual birds, greater than the 10-year average of 7,787. The number is species was even more impressive, with 80 species tallied--breaking the old record of 72 set in 1994 and far exceeding the 10-year average of 64. In addition, totals for 26 species either tied or set a new record for individuals seen.
Four new species were spotted for the Count, and three of them were ducks: Canvasback, Green-winged Teal, and Greater Scaup; the other new species was Vesper Sparrow.
Listed below are the 123 species that might reasonably be expected in the count circle; 102 of these have been recorded at least once since the count began in 1991. Also listed are the numbers for each species seen on the 2000 Count.
Participants in the 2000 York/Rock Hill Christmas Bird Count were: David Callopy, Bill Hilton Jr. (compiler), Susan Holland, Faye Metzl, Bob Olson, Jewel Reavis, Joshua Stuart Rose, and Carolyn Russett.
(blue shows new species)
(blue shows new or tied record)
|Duck, American Black||4|
|Eagle, S. Bald||.|
|Gnatcatcher, Blue Gray||.|
|Heron, Great Blue||20|
|Lark, Prairie Horned||.|
|Owl, E. Screech||.|
|Owl, Great Horned||1|
|Owl, Northern Saw-whet||.|
|Redhead||Seen Count Week|
|Vireo, Blue-headed (Solitary)||.|
|Warbler, Palm (Yellow)||.|
The following species were banded this week:
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