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Christmas Bird Count by Audubon

NamePolk
Effort Number
Actual Number
Lake Wales
Effort Number
Actual Number
Lakeland
Effort Number
Actual Number
VIREO
Bald Eagle 1.5596 0.6354 0.9242
189 61 128
VIREO
Eastern Meadowlark 0.1988 0.0833 0.1155
24 8 16
VIREO
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2.1562 0.8854 1.2708
261 85 176
VIREO
Limpkin 0.9883 0.0208 0.9675
136 2 134
VIREO
Northern Bobwhite 0.0361 0.0361
5 None 5
VIREO
Northern Cardinal 1.5877 0.6563 0.9314
192 63 129
VIREO
Northern Mockingbird 1.9456 1.1875 0.7581
219 114 105
VIREO
Osprey 0.9743 0.3750 0.5993
119 36 83
VIREO
Sandhill Crane 4.3607 2.9167 1.4440
480 280 200
VIREO
Tufted Titmouse 0.5220 0.2188 0.3032
63 21 42


BACKGROUND

Christmas bird counts occur in a 15-mile diameter circle. The Lakeland and Lake Wales counts in Polk County are among 2,300 nationwide. Counts are conducted by volunteers, who break up into groups to count all of the birds they find in each territory they cover. Their territories are coordinated by the count's compiler. Some participants also watch birdfeeders and report species such as finches and hummingbirds that are seen there. The count compiler is responsible for assembling the data collected during the count, including the amount of time each team spends in the field, and submitting it as part of the national database, which includes information not only on the number of birds observed, but also the amount of effort devoted to the results. That information is useful to fairly analyze long-term trends.

Data Source: Audubon Society

Photos: VIREO (Visual Resources for Ornithology at The Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University)

 
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