submitted by Jenny Gaden, CCBC Compiler
The 2018 Charlottesville Christmas Bird Count took place on December 16. The weather was mild (between 45 and 50 degrees F), overcast with occasional showers. We had 52 participants, including a group of young birders who have agreed to continue to participate in future years covering a route south of town. Two rare birds were reported: the Horned Grebe by Leigh Surdukowski and her group, and a Baltimore Oriole by Betty Mooney. This bird is a steady guest at her feeders. A total of 74 species was reported.
Nancy O’Brien once again opened her house to us for the potluck following the count. For this we are always most grateful. Jenny Gaden, compiler, recommended that the Charlottesville CBC circle be divided into eight sectors for better coverage of the entire circle. This is what most circles our size do. Those present agreed to this plan. Each sector has a captain. The map showing the sectors is posted on the MBC website, as are the names of the sector captains. They are:
Sector 1, Allen Hale
Sector 2, Peter Mehring
Sector 3, Janet Paisley
Sector 4, Gretchen Gherett and John Rowlett
Sector 5, Jim Childress
Sector 6, Guy and Susan Babineau
Sector 7, Leigh Surdukowski
Sector 8, Lou Tanner
We greatly appreciate their ready willingness to help.
The following species were reported:
American Black Duck
Great Blue Heron
Eastern Screech Owl