Jordan Lake Spring Bird Count

Eastern Kingbird Eastern Kingbird -Photo by Norm Budnitz

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.

NEW: Visit our new Bird Count Charts page to explore our historical data going back to 1977 for both our Spring and Christmas Bird Counts. On this page you may generate graphs of the abundance of individual bird species over time, and you may also download spreadsheets of the cumulative data.

Our count this year was on May 2, 2021. Watch this space for information on next year’s spring count.

After the count, you may submit your count data to Norm Budnitz, our count compiler. 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 11, 2021.**

Area 1–Farrington area: Patrick Coin, Denise Ward
Area 2–Sexton Rd, E. Stone Rd, west of Horton’s Pond Rd (W of pond): Barbara Coffman, Kyle Mills, Beth Mancuso
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: Ginger Travis
Area 4–Big Woods Road: Jennifer Maher, Roger Shaw, Noah Rokoske, Franzi Rokoske, Carolyn McAllaster
Area 5–Parker’s Creek: Loren Hintz, Margaret Vimmerstedt, Ted Smith, Ben Acker, Emily Acker
Area 6–Fearrington Village: Frank McKeever, Kathleen Rogers, Bill Tarpley, John Divine
Area 7–Mt. Gilead Road: Elizabeth Bishop, Todd Bishop, Bob Roth, Chris Kaman, Jane Kaman, Jill Wachtel
Area 8–Bynum Ridge, Pokeberry Creek: Susan Pratt, Marion Pratt
Area 9–Haw River: Adam Short
Area 10–West of Haw River, North of US 64: Joe Donahue, Bo Howes
Area 11–Olive Chapel Area: Jin Bai
Area 12–Tody Goodwin Road: Steve Backus
Area 13–Barker Road, Beaver Creek area to Old US 1: Russell Herman, Barbara Beaman
Area 14–Shearon Harris: Will Cook
Area 15–Seaforth: Alan Avakian, Fleeta Wilkinson
Area 16–Poplar Point: Matt Lawing
Area 17–Ebenezer and Poplar Point Settling Ponds: Marc Ribaudo
Area 18–Bonsal Road, south side of Little Beaver Creek: Don Pelly
Area 19–Pea Ridge Rd to New Hope Overlook: Josh Southern, Doug Pratt
Area 20–Jordan Dam–East: Patsy Bailey, Gene Kingsley
Area 21–Deep River to Merry Oaks: Norm Budnitz
Area 22–not covered
Area 23–Vista Point: Brian Bockhahn
Area 24–Wilderness Island: Steve Backus
Area 25–Hank’s Chapel Rd and Gum Springs Rd: Tom Driscoll, Cathy Rodrigues, R. Scott Silvester
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, Marshall Wilson, Joe Zellers

Historical Information:

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