The Bald Head Island Conservancy and other volunteers assisted with the Audubon Society’s 2019 Christmas Bird Count on January 5th, 2020. Eighty-three bird species were identified in Bald Head Island’s diverse habitats: five species of gull and many willets were out in large numbers on the beaches, despite windy conditions. Other species spotted included shorebirds such as Black-bellied Plover and Greater Yellowlegs; ducks such as Red-breasted Merganser and Greater Scaup; and marsh and upland species such as Savannah Sparrow and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Participants in the BHI count included Matt Janson, Jack Rogers, Chris Hill, Lauren Schaale, Beth Darrow, Corinne Johnston, and Brianna Fragata. The Christmas Bird Count has run since 1900, making it the nation’s longest-running community science bird count. Bald Head Island is a part of the Southport Circle.
For a full list of birds spotted on BHI in the Count and to read more information on BHI bird species, click here.
For more information on the Christmas Bird Count, visit www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count.