The 2014 Spring Bird Count was held in Greensboro on Saturday, May 3. The weather was almost perfect for finding birds: sunny, with a low temperature of 51, a high of 75. Winds were variable, averaging about 21 miles per hour, with the highest recorded gust at 28 mph.
The results were well above our average, with a total count of 136 species, tying a previous high total in 1999. The number of individuals was also high, at 7,555. An additional 10 species were found during count week.
Notable species included some winter stragglers – Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Northern Shoveler, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon, and Horned Grebe; and one species, Red-necked Grebe, that would be unusual on the Christmas Count and was a first for our spring count.
We found 25 species of warblers, with notables among those being single Tennessee, Nashville, and Yellow-throated Warblers.
40 counters participated, logging 107.5 party hours and 321 total party miles.
Many thanks to the following dedicated birders who participated in the count:
Nancy Adamson, Carolyn Allen, Diana Bowman, Jane Blackburn, Dennis Burnette, Lynn Burnette, Frank Cashwell, Sue Cole, Toni Davis, Steve Davis, Scott DePue, Judi Durr, Jim Eldrett, Lisa Hayes, Judy Hoag, Mike Howard, Craig Lawrence, Jane Lawrence, Elizabeth Link, Henry Link, Clarence Mattocks, Lyn McCoy, Gregg Morris, Ron Morris, Jean Murdick, Lane Oldham, Ann Presnell, Danny Royster, Wallace Sills, Lou Skrabec, Jim Strickland, Lauren Spence, Ann Stieghner, Emily Talbert, Emily Tyler, Ann Walter-Fromson, George Wheaton, Melissa Whitmire, and Peggy Young.
Special recognition goes to Scott DePue, who logged 13 hours of birding and came in with a total of 100 species for the day, which is most certainly a record for our count!
The final results for the count are below. CW denotes a Count Week bird, a bird not found on count day, but sighted during the 3 days before or after the count day: