very much for your interest in the Buffalo Bayou Christmas Bird Count (CBC).
With residential neighborhoods comprising so much of our count circle,
you are a very important part of our efforts!
DATA FOR THE COUNT MUST BE ENTERED BY SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012. (There is no need to sign up in advance if you are going to be a Feeder/Yard Watcher - just submit your observations via the Data Entry Form that you can access below)
you are participating part of the day in the field and part of the day at home,
ALL your observations should be submitted with the field data for the area in
which your home is located. IF that is the case, please give your
observations to the appropriate Area Leader (i.e., do not submit those
observations via this web site.)
YOUR HOUSE IN THE COUNT CIRCLE?
WHAT BIRDS SHOULD YOU COUNT?
you are finished counting, go to the entry form and enter the numbers (or your
best estimates) of each species you observed.
WE MUST HAVE NUMBERS FOR BIRDS OBSERVED ON COUNT DAY OR WE CANNOT USE THE
DATA. If there is a big flock of
grackles or other species that flies overhead, just make your best estimate
(even if you feel there is a large error factor) --
"a kazillion" or "too many to count" or simply an
"X" does no good. Don't
double-count birds that may be visiting a feeder or other site multiple times
(e.g., you check your feeder 3 times: you see 6 Mourning Doves at your
feeder at 8:00 a.m., 4 at noon, and 8 at 4:00 p.m.; your total count for
Mourning Doves = 8) -- however, if you are sure they are different from birds
previously observed, by all means count them (e.g., you see a female Cardinal in
the morning and a male in the afternoon; your total Cardinal count = 2).
Also, don't enter a range of numbers (e.g., 75-100) -- just put your
single best estimate.
Also, don't enter a range of numbers (e.g., 75-100) -- just put your single best estimate.
You'll notice that not all possible species are listed on the entry form. This form includes species that are to be expected in yards, neighborhoods, or nearby parks (or flying overhead) within the Buffalo Bayou CBC area. ANY SPECIES NOT LISTED HERE MUST BE SUBMITTED (WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION) USING THE UNUSUAL SPECIES REPORT AT THE END OF THE DATA ENTRY FORM. If you are not sure what species a bird may be, don't guess.
you happen to observe any species during the three days before or after the
count THAT YOU DID NOT OBSERVE ON COUNT DAY, please indicate "CW" (BUT
NO NUMBERS) in the entry blank for those species.
(For species you see on Count Day, don't worry about any you see on the