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).  The count is done on one designated day, often starting early in the morning, lasting 6 or more hours, and is restricted to the designated count circle. We try to count every individual bird of every species we encounter, seen or heard. If you are relatively new to birding, you might consider going on one of our New Hope Audubon bird walks (5 or more per month) to build up your skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with supportive local experts. See our web calendar or upcoming events on our home page. That said, 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. Please note that some coverage areas do require hiking, sometimes for considerable distances over uneven terrain. This year, our CBC was 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, 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 January 16, 2020.**

Area 1–Farrington area: Patrick Coin, Mike DeMatties, Catherine Ward, Alyssa Martinez, Josh Daniels, Chris Rousseau
Area 2–Sexton Rd, E. Stone Rd, west of Horton’s Pond Rd (W of pond): Barbara Coffman, Kyle Mills, Beth Mancuso
Area 3–Horton’s Pond E to 751, S to US 64, Crosswinds Marina, White Oak Creek: Kerry MacPherson, Trish MacPherson, Rick Payne, David Bradley
Area 4–Big Woods Road: Roger Shaw, Jennifer Maher, Carolyn McAllaster, Mary & Don Tucker, Juliana Henderson
Area 5–Parker’s Creek: Loren Hintz, Margaret Vimmerstedt, Carl Hintz, Ted Smith, Ben Acker, Emily Acker
Area 6–Fearrington Village: Betsy Bogle, Frank McKeever, Beverly Scalise, Kathleen Rogers
Area 7–Mt. Gilead Road: Todd Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop, Susan Lyons
Area 8–Bynum Ridge, Pokeberry Creek: (?)
Area 9–Haw River from Bynum to US 64: Jim Capel, Carol Nutt, Thom Nguyen
Area 10–West of Haw River, North of US 64: Joe Donahue, Bo Howes, Susan Pratt
Area 11–Olive Chapel Area: (?)
Area 12–Tody Goodwin Road: Peggy O’Neil-Ross, Kim Smart, Nancy McKenna
Area 13–Barker Road, Beaver Creek area to Old US 1: Russell Herman
Area 14E–Shearon Harris: Fuz Sanderson, Jonathan Cantrell, Rex Badgett, Sharlene Sanderson
Area 14W–Will Cook, Sam Wilson
Area 15–Seaforth: Alan Avakian, Bev Schieman, Fleeta Wilkinson
Area 16–Poplar Point: Steve McMurray
Area 17–Ebenezer and Poplar Point Settling Ponds: Sam Flake, Marc Ribaudo
Area 18–Bonsal Road, south side of Little Beaver Creek: Carl Chelette, Carol Chelette, Dale Morgan, Marilyn Diaz
Area 19–Pea Ridge Rd to New Hope Overlook: Josh Southern, Sterling Southern, Doug Pratt
Area 20–Jordan Dam–East: Patsy Bailey, Gene Kingsley, Nan DeWire
Area 21–Deep River to Merry Oaks: Norm Budnitz, Jeff Gordon, Tom Ferguson
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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