Jordan Lake Spring Bird Count

Eastern Kingbird Eastern Kingbird -Photo by Norm Budnitz

We have just completed our count for this spring. Information on next year’s count will be forthcoming.

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).  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. 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 May 16, 2019.**

Area 1–Farrington area: Patrick Coin, Mike DeMatties, Catherine Ward, Fleeta Wilkinson
Area 2–Sexton Rd, E. Stone Rd, west of Horton’s Pond Rd (W of pond): Barbara Coffman, Jenny Stanley
Area 3a–Horton’s Pond E to 751, S to US 64, Crosswinds Marina, White Oak Creek: Kerry MacPherson, Trish MacPherson, Rick Payne
Area 3b–White Oak Creek: Sebastian Burgess, Steve Backus
Area 4–Big Woods Road: Jennifer Maher, Roger Shaw
Area 5–Parker’s Creek: Loren Hintz, Margaret Vimmerstedt
Area 6–Fearrington Village: Frank McKeever, Kathleen Rogers, Beverly Scalise
Area 7–Mt. Gilead Road: Elizabeth Bishop, Todd Bishop
Area 8–Bynum Ridge, Pokeberry Creek:
Area 9N–Haw River from Bynum: Tommy Richey
Area 9S–Haw River from US 64: Jim Capel
Area 10–West of Haw River, North of US 64: Joe Donahue, Bo Howes
Area 11–Olive Chapel Area:
Area 12–Tody Goodwin Road:
Area 13–Barker Road, Beaver Creek area to Old US 1: Barbara Beaman
Area 14E–Shearon Harris–east: Will Cook
Area 14W–Shearon Harris–west: Jonathan Cantrell
Area 15–Seaforth: Steve McMurray
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:
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, Allen Hurlbert, Pam Timmons
Area 22–Christian Chapel Church Road, area south of old Rt. 1:
Area 23–Vista Point: Brian Bockhahn
Area 24–Wilderness Island:
Area 25–Hank’s Chapel Rd and Gum Springs Rd: Tom Driscoll, Elizabeth Keating, Jill Paul
Area 26–Pittsboro to Jordan Dam–West: Chris Canfield
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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