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Christmas Bird Count Totals Compiled

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Christmas Bird Count Totals Compiled

Results from the 99th annual Joplin Christmas Bird Count included sightings of 65 species of birds, with over 6950 individual birds counted. Led by birders from the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society in conjunction with Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, twenty-six participants performed the count on Saturday, December 28. The Bird Count area covered a 15-mile radius, expanding from the central point of 32nd Street and Duquesne Road.

Larry Herbert, Bird Count compiler, stated that this is an average amount of species sighted for Joplin. Other observations included a decrease in sparrows and blackbirds compared to other years, and an unusually high amount of ducks.

Species sighted, with total birds sighted within the species, are as listed below:

  • 1036 Canada Goose
  • 095 Tufted Titmouse
  • 030 Gadwall
  • 037 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 303 Mallard
  • 002 Brown Creeper
  • 017 Northern Shoveler
  • 053 Carolina Wren
  • 007 Green-winged Teal
  • 001 Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • 002 Canvasback
  • 001 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • 025 Ring-necked Duck
  • 188 Eastern Bluebird
  • 075 Lesser Scaup
  • 063 American Robin
  • 052 “duck species”
  • 058 Northern Mockingbird
  • 003 Wild Turkey
  • 2253 Eastern Starling
  • 006 Pied-billed Grebe
  • 007 Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • 036 Northern Flicker
  • 063 American Pipit
  • 003 Great Blue Heron
  • 001 American Tree Sparrow
  • 003 Bald Eagle (2 adult, 1 juvenile)
  • 002 Field Sparrow
  • 005 Northern Harrier
  • 008 Fox Sparrow
  • 002 Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • 015 Song Sparrow
  • 001 Cooper’s Hawk
  • 003 Swamp Sparrow
  • 018 Red-shouldered Hawk
  • 040 White-throated Sparrow
  • 047 Red-tailed (incl. 1 Harlan’s)
  • 004 Harris’s Sparrow
  • 019 American Kestrel
  • 057 White-crowned Sparrow
  • 031 American Coot
  • 347 Dark-eyed Junco
  • 006 Killdeer
  • 015 “sparrow species”
  • 002 Ring-billed Gull
  • 359 Northern Cardinal
  • 317 Rock Pigeon
  • 045 Eastern Meadowlark
  • 010 Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • 004 “meadowlark species”
  • 139 Mourning Dove
  • 033 Common Grackle
  • 001 Barred Owl
  • 020 “blackbird species”
  • 004 Belted Kingfisher
  • 078 House Finch
  • 006 Red-headed Woodpecker
  • 184 American Goldfinch
  • 055 Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • 096 House Sparrow
  • 002 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • 002 Eastern Phoebe.
  • 053 Downy Woodpecker
  • 003 Loggerhead Shrike
  • 005 Hairy Woodpecker
  • 140 Blue Jay
  • 006 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 204 American Crow
  • 144 Carolina Chickadee

Prior to the turn of the century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt": They would choose sides and go afield with their guns; whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.

Conservation was in its beginning stages around the turn of the 20th century, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early officer in the then budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition-a "Christmas Bird Census"-that would count birds in the holidays rather than hunt the. Thus began the Christmas Bird Count (courtesy of www.audubon.org).

For more information about the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center or to register for programs, please call (417) 782-6287 or log on to our website at www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.

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