The Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District hosted a bird count on Dec. 16.
Thirteen people in the county participated over a three hour period. Three groups visited 23 locations within a designated area in the northeastern part of the county. Included in the count were sites in the City of Washington Court House, local farms, and Deer Creek State Park and Wildlife areas. The Corps of Engineers hosted the final destination stop.
A total of 61 species were identified, up 16 species from last year. The total number of birds counted was down to 1,965 bird spotted in a three and half hour period. In a four year period, the Fayette County bird count has had a total of 78 species sited in Fayette County during the month of December.
The weather was sunny and a high in the 50s. New species added this year included Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Red Breasted Merganser, Common Loon, White Crown Sparrow, Ring-necked Pheasant, and a Red-shoulder Hawk to name just a few.
The count is part of the annual event of the Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. The Audubon Society has been collecting information for 116 years on population trends. A 15 mile circle is created and locations within the area are included. Data comes from over 2,200 circles across the county with more than 70,000 volunteers participating. The same circle can then be counted every year to compare the results.
The count runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. For a more detailed report of species sited over the last four years visit the Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District Facebook page, call the office at 740-636-0279, or e-mail Brigitte Hisey at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to join us next year we can put you on a list.