Jordan Lake Christmas Bird Count

Bonaparte's Gull Bonaparte’s Gull -Photo by Norm Budnitz

New Hope Audubon sponsors the Jordan Lake Christmas Bird Count (CBC) each year in collaboration with the National Audubon Society, 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. This year, our CBC will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020. For a close-up look at our past results, last year’s compiler’s notes, and a summary of our cumulative data since 1977, see the ‘Historical Information’ section below.

If you are interested in participating this year, please contact Norm Budnitz, our count organizer and compiler (by email: or phone or text to 919-943-8511). All participants must sign up with Norm.

On count day, many of us meet for a countdown lunch at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area (click here for a map). For GPS, use this address: 2582 Beaver Creek Rd, Apex, NC 27523 or these coordinates: 35.7420, -79.0021. We have reserved picnic area #8, from 12:00 until 2:00 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:

  • Christmas Count checklist for electronic entry and submission as an Excel file
  • Christmas 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 December 5, 2019.**

Area 1–Farrington area: Patrick Coin, Laura Lipps(?), Alyssa Martinez, Josh Daniels, Chris Rousseau
Area 2–Sexton Rd, E. Stone Rd, west of Horton’s Pond Rd (W of pond): Barbara Coffman(?), Charles Byrd, 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 4–Big Woods Road: Jennifer Maher(?), Roger Shaw
Area 5–Parker’s Creek: Loren Hintz, Margaret Vimmerstedt
Area 6–Fearrington Village: Betsy Bogle, Frank McKeever, Beverly Scalise, Kathleen Rogers
Area 7–Mt. Gilead Road: Todd Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop, Vicki Nebes(?), Susan Lyons, Molly Lyons(?), Chris Tomazic(?)
Area 8–Bynum Ridge, Pokeberry Creek: Carl Chelette(?), Carol Chelette(?)
Area 9–Haw River from Bynum to US 64: Jim Capel, Sebastian Burgess(?)
Area 10–West of Haw River, North of US 64: Joe Donahue, Bo Howes, Wes Wallace(?)
Area 11–Olive Chapel Area: Terry Korab(?)
Area 12–Tody Goodwin Road: Peggy O’Neil-Ross(?), Nancy McKenna(?)
Area 13–Barker Road, Beaver Creek area to Old US 1: Barbara Beaman, Russell Herman, Emma Wright
Area 14–Shearon Harris: Fuz Sanderson, Jonathan Cantrell, Will Cook(?)
Area 15–Seaforth: (?)
Area 16–Poplar Point: Steve McMurray(?), Leah Farr(?)
Area 17–Ebenezer and Poplar Point Settling Ponds: Sam Flake, Marc Ribaudo, Mike Schultz(?)
Area 18–Bonsal Road, south side of Little Beaver Creek: (?)
Area 19–Pea Ridge Rd to New Hope Overlook: Josh Southern, Sterling Southern, Doug Pratt
Area 20–Jordan Dam–East: Patsy Bailey, Gene Kingsley
Area 21–Deep River to Merry Oaks: Vern Bothwell, Norm Budnitz, Allen Hurlbert(?)
Area 23–Vista Point: Brian Bockhahn
Area 25–Hank’s Chapel Rd and Gum Springs Rd: Tom Driscoll, Elizabeth Keating(?), Don Pelly, Jin Bai
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

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