Local Residents! Count your Backyard Birds on Thursday January 4th

It’s a cold week on Seabrook Island, and what better way to spend Thursday January 4th than by staying inside with a warm beverage and watching your bird feeders to track birds for the annual Sea Islands Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This area encompasses Johns, Wadmalaw, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.

If you plan to be on the island on Thursday, let us know you want to participate by filling out the form below. We will email you a form that you will use on the day of the count and answer any other questions you may have about the event.

The process  for the day is easy, just follow these steps:

  1. Identify and count all individuals of all species that visit your feeder/yard on the day of the count.  Record only the highest number seen for each species at any one time for any one count period.  For example, if from 7:00 – 7:30 am a single Northern Cardinal visits your feeder, then later two visit, and even later three show up at your feeder, your count for Northern Cardinals will be three – the highest number to visit at one time for that count period.  Repeat this process for each count period.
  2. Record the time spent bird watching under each count period.  It is not necessary to be at your feeders for the entire day, or even continuously.  Record just the time spent watching.  In the example about it would be 30 minutes.
  3. Record the highest number of individuals for each species from all count periods and the total number of minutes spent observing.
  4. At the end of the day, forward (scan or take a photo) your form to SIB at:  SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com.  We will collect all the responses and forward to Aaron Givens, CBC Coordinator for Sea Islands.

We hope you will participate in this great event!