Spring Bird Count

Our annual Williamsburg Spring Bird Count will be Sunday, May 6.  We conduct the Spring Bird Count (SBC) within the same 15-mile diameter count circle that we use for the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.  The count data, however, is not compiled by the Audubon Society. Instead, we record the SBC results into a database that we maintain ourselves as part of the Williamsburg Bird Club’s work to monitor our local bird populations throughout the year. Our club conducted it’s first SBC on May 6, 1978. 
 
Please consider participating, either as a feeder watcher or in the field. If you enjoyed feeder-watching for last year’s Christmas Bird Count, then this is a great opportunity to do it again. Simply record your species counts at your feeders and then send them to your sector leader like you did for the CBC. If you sent your feeder counts to Jim Corliss for last year’s CBC, then you can simply do that again for the SBC. If you’re unsure who your sector leader is or if you’re new to feeder-watching for our bird counts, then please contact me with questions.
 
If you’ve previously participated in the field and would like to do it again, then please contact the sector leader with whom you worked last time. You can also contact Jim for assistance getting hooked up with a field team. The more eyes we have in the field the more birds we’ll spot, so please don’t hesitate to get involved.

Great Backyard Bird Count

How to Participate:
 
The 21st annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information.  When you click on the button: how to participate you will see these three easy steps:
1. Create a free GBBC account if you have never participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count or any other Cornell Lab citizen-science project, or have not participated in the GBBC since 2013. If you already created an account for the GBBC in the past, or if you’re already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing user name and password.
2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.
3. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking the “Submit Observations” tab on the home page. You may also download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device. If you already participate in the eBird citizen-science project, please use eBird to submit your sightings during the GBBC. Your checklists will count toward the GBBC. 

Greensprings Boardwalk Bird Show

1:00-2:00 p.m. at the boardwalk by the Old Beaver Pond. Come join in on the first bird walk of 2018! 

Join Shirley Devan on New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1, 2018 – at the Greensprings Trail Boardwalk for the 13th Annual “New Year’s Day Boardwalk Bird Show.” We’ll meet on the “old” boardwalk over the old beaver pond from 1–2 pm (not the Virginia Capitol Trail boardwalk.)

Here’s the web site for this James City County trail: https://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Greensprings-Interpretive-Trail-48

Park in the lot at the end of Eagle Way, beyond Jamestown High School. Come as you are; bring visiting family, friends and children; come early, stay late or just drop by. Celebrate the New Year with a birding adventure close to home with birding friends. Remember, every bird is a year bird on New Year’s Day! Hope to see you there.