The 37th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count, held December 16th, was highly successful. Occasional rain was not too great a deterrent, and the day was relatively warm as about 120 people scoured woods, lakes, fields, and ponds counting about 65 species and several thousand individual birds. Abundant species included the Canada Goose, American Robin, European Starling, Ring-billed Gull, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and Dark-eyed Junco. For the third consecutive winter, we recorded a Northern Shrike at the Sully Woodlands. The Red-breasted Nuthatch was a welcome addition to the tally as it does not winter this far south every year.
About half the participants enjoyed a delicious complimentary lunch at Cabell’s Mill in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, where birders swapped tales and shared in the camaraderie of the birding community. The full results are being tabulated, and new high and low counts by species will be reported soon. Copies of the full results for the count will be made available on the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) website and from the ASNV office, any of our sector leaders, or our compiler, Phil Silas.
We at ASNV gratefully thank all the enthusiastic birders who helped out, both new and returning. We hope you had a good time and will be back for next year’s count, which will be on Sunday, December 15, 2019.