Christmas Bird Count
A census of birds by volunteer birdwatchers and part of National Audubon's largest citizen science project
For older results visit
New! Maps of each area
to be Kept Informed
|All the Birds
(Complete records from 1924 to present in an Excel
(Updated to 2016)
|History of the Count||
Summary of birds seen over its
93 year history.
(Updated with 2016 Results)
Bird check list (color coded) - Word File
Party Hours - Word File
Blank Party Roster Sheet - Word File
Supporting Details Sheets - PDF File
Foldable Checklist - Word file
Feeder List - Word File
Tally Sheet for area leaders - Word File
The Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count started in 1924 by the famed Bronx County Bird Club as part of National Audubon's Christmas Birds Counts. Volunteers scan, identify and count all the birds they see in the area (a count circle 15 miles in diameter) on the count day. The count has seen 227 species in its history.
It's a local birding activity that's not only fun and exciting, but helps with valuable winter bird population data. The count has included participants such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank.
The Bronx-Westchester count is organized by dividing the count circle (radius 7.5 miles) up into 6 regional areas; East Bronx, West Bronx, Yonkers, Hudson Valley (Hastings area), Rye (Rye and Harrison), and Scarsdale (which covers Scarsdale through Mt. Vernon over to New Rochelle and north to Mamaroneck). Each area leader then assigns parts of the area to different teams or "parties". Each party canvas the area assigned and counts and tabulates all they have seen. The results are compiled later that evening at the Count Dinner.
The results are placed on the web along with data from years past.
People with feeders can include their birds by calling in their results in the afternoon. They should contact the count compiler before the count day.
Return to Main Chapter Page
Michael Bochnik- Count Compiler