Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count
Our 35th annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count was held on December 18, 2016. The day turned progressively better from a cool and cloudy start to noontime temps in the low 60s -- we even ate lunch outside. 124 people scoured woods, lakes, fields and ponds counting 85 species and 22,000 birds. While the bird numbers and species were down slightly from last year, they are above the past 20-year averages.
The bird of the Count was a Northern Shrike, the same one that has been in the field just south of Cox Farm since October. This is the first sighting of this species ever recorded in our count circle. Among other interesting finds this year were American Kestrel, American Pipit, Brown Thrasher, Canvasback (only third time in our count history), Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Meadowlark, Field Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Gray Catbird, House Wren (second time in our history), Lincoln’s Sparrow (also second time in our history), Merlin, Northern Harrier, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. We had all-time high counts for Great Blue Herons and House Sparrows and tied an all-time high for Merlins and Common Ravens. We saw 23 Red-headed Woodpeckers, which was topped only by last year’s count of 50.
Copies of the full results for the count are available by clicking the link below, or from the ASNV office, any of our sector leaders, or the compiler, Bob Shipman.
We gratefully thank all the enthusiastic birders both new and returning; we hope you all had a good time and will come back next year.