Audubon Christmas Bird Count


The 2017 Count was held on Friday, December 15, for the Hilton Head area.  We spread out across Hilton Head, Daufuskie and Pinckney Islands, parts of Bluffton and our waterways to identify species and count each bird seen or heard in our 15-mile diameter circle.  (Last year there were over 2,500 count circles in the Western Hemisphere!)


Our report has been submitted to the Regional Editor for review.  Here are the numbers we submitted:



2017  Birds: 24,665

2017 Species: 139 


We counted more species than last year and almost the same number of birds.  We had about the same number of field parties (70) as in recent years.  We had 292 participants: 213 field observers plus 79 feeder watchers.   This is an increase of 30 feeder watchers over last year!


You can read more about the count in the January Ecobon and in the February issue.

The dates for the 2018 count have been set:

Hilton Head will be Friday, December 14.

Sun City - Okatie will be Saturday, December 15.

The updated 10-year History of the count, by species, is available above.


Susan Murphy