Jordan Lake Spring Bird Count

Eastern Kingbird Eastern Kingbird -Photo by Norm Budnitz

Our next count will be on May 6, 2018.

New Hope Audubon sponsors the Jordan Lake Spring Bird Count each year in a count circle centered in the area of Jordan Lake in Chatham County (count circle map).  We encourage participants of all stripes—beginners and experts, young and old. If you have never counted before, we will team you up with more experienced people. For a close-up look at last year’s results, the compiler’s notes, and a summary of our cumulative data since 1977, see the ‘Historical Information’ section below.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Norm Budnitz, our count organizer and compiler (by email: or at 919-383-0553). All participants must sign up with Norm.

COUNTDOWN LOCATION THIS SPRING: On count day, many of us meet for a countdown lunch to go over which birds have been seen. This year we will meet at the Jordan Lake Educational State Forest: For GPS, use this address: 2832 Big Woods Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517. We will meet at the shelter behind the restrooms building starting around 12:00 PM, and the countdown will be at 1:00 PM. Bring your lunch and join us.

After the count, you may submit your count data to Norm. The following forms may be sent to Norm either by email: (Excel format) or as hard copies (PDF format, address on form). Note that the count forms have been formatted to print out on letter-sized paper in landscape orientation:

  • Spring Count checklist for electronic entry and submission as an Excel file
  • Spring Count checklist for hard copy entry and submission as a .pdf file
  • Rare Bird form for electronic entry and submission as an Excel file
  • Rare bird form for hard copy entry and submission as a .pdf file

Count Areas and Assignments

Click on an area in this map to see its number and name. If you click the broken rectangle in the upper right corner, you can see a larger map. The coverage assignments below are based on previous years (with emphasis on last year’s participation) and will be updated regularly. A question mark (?) indicates participants from previous years or participants tentatively placed but not yet confirmed — please let us know!
**Updated February 20, 2018.**

Area 1–Farrington area: Richard Brown (?), Patrick Coin, Edith Tatum (?)
Area 2–Sexton Rd, E. Stone Rd, west of Horton’s Pond Rd (W of pond): Chuck Byrd, Barbara Coffman, Beth Mancuso, Kyle Mills, Jenny Stanley
Area 3–Horton’s Pond E to 751, S to US 64, Crosswinds Marina, White Oak Creek: Kerry MacPherson, Trish MacPherson, Rick Payne
Area 3a–White Oak Creek: Marty McClelland (?), Ginger Travis
Area 4–Big Woods Road: Bernie Carr (?), Jennifer Maher, Roger Shaw
Area 5–Parker’s Creek: Loren Hintz, Margaret Vimmerstedt
Area 6–Fearrington Village: (?)
Area 7–Mt. Gilead Road: Elizabeth Bishop, Todd Bishop, Susan Lyons, Chris Tomazic
Area 8–Bynum Ridge, Pokeberry Creek: not covered
Area 9–Haw River from Bynum to US 64: Jim Capel, Mark Kosiewski (?), Tommy Richey (?)
Area 10–West of Haw River, North of US 64: Bo Howes (?), Joe Donahue (?)
Area 11–Olive Chapel Area: Terry Korab (?)
Area 12–Tody Goodwin Road: Carl Chelette, Carol Chelette
Area 13–Barker Road, Beaver Creek area to Old US 1: Barbara Beaman (?), Russell Herman (?)
Area 14–Shearron Harris: Lucas Bobay (?), Fuz Sanderson (?)
Area 15–Seaforth: Loren Hintz, Margaret Vimmerstedt
Area 16–Poplar Point: Steve McMurray (?)
Area 17–Ebenezer and Poplar Point Settling Ponds: Tom Krakauer, Eddie Owens
Area 18–Bonsal Road, south side of Little Beaver Creek: (?)
Area 19–Pea Ridge Rd to New Hope Overlook: Josh Southern, Sterling Southern
Area 20–Jordan Dam–East: Patsy Bailey, Gene Kingsley (?)
Area 21–Deep River to Merry Oaks: Norm Budnitz
Area 22–Christian Chapel Church Road, area south of old Rt. 1: not covered
Area 23–Vista Point: Brian Bockhahn
Area 24–Wilderness Island: Perry Haaland, Pam Timmons
Area 25–Hank’s Chapel Rd and Gum Springs Rd: Tom Driscoll (?), Mike Ryan (?)
Area 26–Pittsboro to Jordan Dam–West: Chris Canfield (?), Kate Finlayson (?)
Area 27–South of Old US 1, Cape Fear Area, Haywood: Mark Owens, Andy Upshaw, Rouse Wilson, Joe Zellers

Historical Information:

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