Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Gainesville CBC, 1995-1999

Although individuals conducted Gainesville CBCs in 1925, 1928, and 1949, annual counts with proper teams did not begin until 1957. Here we show the results of five recent counts.

Heavy rains inundated Paynes Prairie, which is at the Count center, during the winters of 1997-98 and 1998-99. The waters subsided rapidly during 1999, creating a bonanza for fish-eating birds. All these circumstances are reflected in the CBC numbers for 1997-99, such as the record high count of Anhingas in 1998 when the Prairie was to all intents and purposes a lake, and the record highs for several waders in 1999, when it was reduced to a series of shallow pools. Conditions for the 1995-96 counts were “normal,” however, and give a more typical picture of winter bird populations.

Year

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

Date

17-Dec

22-Dec

21-Dec

20-Dec

19-Dec

Observers

59

56

54

54

58

Species

137

139

140

142

145

Individuals

29196

37763

34533

30735

43042

Common Loon

1

1

2

Pied-billed Grebe

127

126

77

155

145

Horned Grebe

3

2

American White Pelican

150

Brown Pelican

1

1

Double-crested Cormorant

551

1054

609

383

1600

Anhinga

87

157

122

613

316

American Bittern

6

3

4

8

6

Least Bittern

1

Great Blue Heron

121

210

127

212

604

Great Egret

180

313

152

307

401

Snowy Egret

120

46

33

139

295

Little Blue Heron

152

100

104

153

637

Tricolored Heron

22

29

27

27

32

Cattle Egret

453

154

136

41

659

Green Heron

8

12

17

23

29

Black-crowned Night-Heron

64

225

51

88

89

White Ibis

1318

852

1062

746

2701

Glossy Ibis

20

72

11

290

750

Roseate Spoonbill

2

Wood Stork

25

220

36

207

427

Black Vulture

60

168

127

161

739

Turkey Vulture

948

420

405

839

807

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

2

Snow Goose

43

Wood Duck

72

126

122

868

211

Gadwall

2

1

6

75

American Wigeon

6

41

15

16

7

Mallard

41

39

6

46

29

Mottled Duck

36

33

12

34

29

Blue-winged Teal

114

232

200

364

1133

Northern Shoveler

5

2

Northern Pintail

27

1

32

85

Green-winged Teal

374

348

74

210

1370

Canvasback

1

1

Redhead

1

Ring-necked Duck

5

127

953

140

992

Lesser Scaup

2

19

172

69

23

Bufflehead

1

1

3

2

3

Common Goldeneye

2

1

2

1

Hooded Merganser

69

97

37

135

247

Red-breasted Merganser

1

1

Ruddy Duck

8

13

13

7

duck, sp.

550

Osprey

15

7

6

9

15

Bald Eagle

67

109

61

40

154

Northern Harrier

34

32

24

21

25

Sharp-shinned Hawk

18

9

12

7

16

Cooper’s Hawk

3

6

4

2

7

accipiter, sp.

2

1

1

Red-shouldered Hawk

50

79

69

62

88

Red-tailed Hawk

66

51

38

43

41

American Kestrel

80

57

40

56

55

Merlin

1

2

Peregrine Falcon

1

Wild Turkey

23

15

26

23

20

Northern Bobwhite

21

2

17

1

King Rail

10

25

19

10

9

Virginia Rail

7

25

18

5

4

Sora

79

100

36

55

16

Purple Gallinule

1

5

Common Moorhen

123

216

194

434

168

American Coot

820

1128

1629

2640

1751

Limpkin

1

1

2

5

Sandhill Crane

1560

1250

1596

1361

5035

Killdeer

268

386

309

245

534

American Avocet

1

Greater Yellowlegs

20

15

18

32

89

Lesser Yellowlegs

4

1

4

23

14

Spotted Sandpiper

1

Least Sandpiper

13

150

peep, sp.

25

Dunlin

1

3

Stilt Sandpiper

1

Long-billed Dowitcher

9

25

dowitcher, sp.

40

Common Snipe

61

309

81

308

209

American Woodcock

12

28

32

2

29

Bonaparte’s Gull

42

59

12

10

48

Ring-billed Gull

922

3254

1601

1051

241

Herring Gull

7

15

11

4

3

Forster’s Tern

24

33

36

6

33

Rock Dove

105

137

177

129

201

Eurasian Collared-Dove

1

39

33

160

Mourning Dove

531

391

304

454

503

Common Ground-Dove

3

2

Barn Owl

1

1

1

Eastern Screech-Owl

23

19

22

26

33

Great Horned Owl

10

18

20

19

24

Barred Owl

23

25

36

28

26

Whip-poor-will

2

4

2

1

1

Black-chinned Hummingbird

1

1

Selasphorus, sp.

1

1

2

Belted Kingfisher

33

28

27

70

44

Red-headed Woodpecker

4

19

7

19

11

Red-bellied Woodpecker

140

258

173

157

164

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

22

48

41

45

31

Downy Woodpecker

76

72

90

94

105

Hairy Woodpecker

1

1

Northern Flicker

62

95

74

91

84

Pileated Woodpecker

73

83

88

85

72

Eastern Phoebe

228

164

138

237

218

Vermilion Flycatcher

1

2

2

Loggerhead Shrike

45

57

55

46

50

White-eyed Vireo

46

59

47

89

76

Blue-headed Vireo

72

56

56

70

76

Blue Jay

108

279

180

166

168

American Crow

399

291

316

433

382

Fish Crow

23

19

151

104

90

crow, sp.

168

85

130

146

114

Tree Swallow

4

451

1671

226

73

Carolina Chickadee

60

90

88

89

88

Tufted Titmouse

217

223

270

236

186

Brown-headed Nuthatch

51

55

19

1

12

Brown Creeper

1

Carolina Wren

210

221

268

269

297

House Wren

132

111

110

113

99

Winter Wren

1

1

Sedge Wren

58

76

23

24

59

Marsh Wren

9

13

13

14

26

Golden-crowned Kinglet

4

5

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

403

238

216

382

383

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

219

157

132

244

264

Eastern Bluebird

98

83

74

150

74

Hermit Thrush

20

69

30

61

23

American Robin

716

2887

278

497

646

Gray Catbird

74

120

73

83

81

Northern Mockingbird

91

179

132

144

120

Brown Thrasher

11

12

19

26

19

European Starling

323

218

406

265

174

American Pipit

50

27

3

110

56

Cedar Waxwing

96

480

13

348

25

Blue-winged Warbler

1

Orange-crowned Warbler

60

42

36

41

55

Northern Parula

1

2

2

1

Black-throated Blue Warbler

1

1

Yellow-rumped Warbler

4030

5697

4573

3139

2156

Yellow-throated Warbler

31

19

20

34

36

Pine Warbler

310

90

130

167

123

Prairie Warbler

1

2

1

Palm Warbler

375

261

158

269

281

Black-and-white Warbler

63

62

41

50

51

American Redstart

1

Ovenbird

13

3

8

5

8

Northern Waterthrush

1

Louisiana Waterthrush

1

Common Yellowthroat

162

166

114

199

276

Wilson’s Warbler

5

Summer Tanager

1

Western Tanager

1

Eastern Towhee

85

112

157

140

73

Bachman’s Sparrow

2

Chipping Sparrow

165

142

263

85

120

Field Sparrow

1

1

8

6

17

Vesper Sparrow

81

6

11

5

19

Savannah Sparrow

218

129

71

47

220

Grasshopper Sparrow

2

1

15

Henslow’s Sparrow

1

3

1

8

13

LeConte’s Sparrow

1

1

Ammodramus, sp.

2

Fox Sparrow

1

2

Song Sparrow

57

56

63

42

65

Lincoln’s Sparrow

1

1

Swamp Sparrow

175

187

188

112

411

White-throated Sparrow

34

43

91

44

20

White-crowned Sparrow

3

2

4

Dark-eyed Junco

2

1

1

2

Northern Cardinal

242

300

364

322

424

Indigo Bunting

1

Dickcissel

1

Red-winged Blackbird

5953

5554

9403

3695

6086

Eastern Meadowlark

380

263

224

241

157

Rusty Blackbird

1

4

68

Common Grackle

419

1430

758

1103

954

Boat-tailed Grackle

1487

2658

768

1630

1416

Brown-headed Cowbird

12

3

146

200

77

Baltimore Oriole

1

10

8

9

19

House Finch

11

21

44

American Goldfinch

400

125

248

372

401

House Sparrow

26

33

64

47

Year

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

Date

17-Dec

22-Dec

21-Dec

20-Dec

19-Dec

Observers

59

56

54

54

58

Species

137

139

140

142

145

Individuals

29196

37763

34533

30735

43042

Common Loon

1

1

2

Pied-billed Grebe

127

126

77

155

145

Horned Grebe

3

2

American White Pelican

150

Brown Pelican

1

1

Double-crested Cormorant

551

1054

609

383

1600

Anhinga

87

157

122

613

316

American Bittern

6

3

4

8

6

Least Bittern

1

Great Blue Heron

121

210

127

212

604

Great Egret

180

313

152

307

401

Snowy Egret

120

46

33

139

295

Little Blue Heron

152

100

104

153

637

Tricolored Heron

22

29

27

27

32

Cattle Egret

453

154

136

41

659

Green Heron

8

12

17

23

29

Black-crowned Night-Heron

64

225

51

88

89

White Ibis

1318

852

1062

746

2701

Glossy Ibis

20

72

11

290

750

Roseate Spoonbill

2

Wood Stork

25

220

36

207

427

Black Vulture

60

168

127

161

739

Turkey Vulture

948

420

405

839

807

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

2

Snow Goose

43

Wood Duck

72

126

122

868

211

Gadwall

2

1

6

75

American Wigeon

6

41

15

16

7

Mallard

41

39

6

46

29

Mottled Duck

36

33

12

34

29

Blue-winged Teal

114

232

200

364

1133

Northern Shoveler

5

2

Northern Pintail

27

1

32

85

Green-winged Teal

374

348

74

210

1370

Canvasback

1

1

Redhead

1

Ring-necked Duck

5

127

953

140

992

Lesser Scaup

2

19

172

69

23

Bufflehead

1

1

3

2

3

Common Goldeneye

2

1

2

1

Hooded Merganser

69

97

37

135

247

Red-breasted Merganser

1

1

Ruddy Duck

8

13

13

7

duck, sp.

550

Osprey

15

7

6

9

15

Bald Eagle

67

109

61

40

154

Northern Harrier

34

32

24

21

25

Sharp-shinned Hawk

18

9

12

7

16

Cooper’s Hawk

3

6

4

2

7

accipiter, sp.

2

1

1

Red-shouldered Hawk

50

79

69

62

88

Red-tailed Hawk

66

51

38

43

41

American Kestrel

80

57

40

56

55

Merlin

1

2

Peregrine Falcon

1

Wild Turkey

23

15

26

23

20

Northern Bobwhite

21

2

17

1

King Rail

10

25

19

10

9

Virginia Rail

7

25

18

5

4

Sora

79

100

36

55

16

Purple Gallinule

1

5

Common Moorhen

123

216

194

434

168

American Coot

820

1128

1629

2640

1751

Limpkin

1

1

2

5

Sandhill Crane

1560

1250

1596

1361

5035

Killdeer

268

386

309

245

534

American Avocet

1

Greater Yellowlegs

20

15

18

32

89

Lesser Yellowlegs

4

1

4

23

14

Spotted Sandpiper

1

Least Sandpiper

13

150

peep, sp.

25

Dunlin

1

3

Stilt Sandpiper

1

Long-billed Dowitcher

9

25

dowitcher, sp.

40

Common Snipe

61

309

81

308

209

American Woodcock

12

28

32

2

29

Bonaparte’s Gull

42

59

12

10

48

Ring-billed Gull

922

3254

1601

1051

241

Herring Gull

7

15

11

4

3

Forster’s Tern

24

33

36

6

33

Rock Dove

105

137

177

129

201

Eurasian Collared-Dove

1

39

33

160

Mourning Dove

531

391

304

454

503

Common Ground-Dove

3

2

Barn Owl

1

1

1

Eastern Screech-Owl

23

19

22

26

33

Great Horned Owl

10

18

20

19

24

Barred Owl

23

25

36

28

26

Whip-poor-will

2

4

2

1

1

Black-chinned Hummingbird

1

1

Selasphorus, sp.

1

1

2

Belted Kingfisher

33

28

27

70

44

Red-headed Woodpecker

4

19

7

19

11

Red-bellied Woodpecker

140

258

173

157

164

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

22

48

41

45

31

Downy Woodpecker

76

72

90

94

105

Hairy Woodpecker

1

1

Northern Flicker

62

95

74

91

84

Pileated Woodpecker

73

83

88

85

72

Eastern Phoebe

228

164

138

237

218

Vermilion Flycatcher

1

2

2

Loggerhead Shrike

45

57

55

46

50

White-eyed Vireo

46

59

47

89

76

Blue-headed Vireo

72

56

56

70

76

Blue Jay

108

279

180

166

168

American Crow

399

291

316

433

382

Fish Crow

23

19

151

104

90

crow, sp.

168

85

130

146

114

Tree Swallow

4

451

1671

226

73

Carolina Chickadee

60

90

88

89

88

Tufted Titmouse

217

223

270

236

186

Brown-headed Nuthatch

51

55

19

1

12

Brown Creeper

1

Carolina Wren

210

221

268

269

297

House Wren

132

111

110

113

99

Winter Wren

1

1

Sedge Wren

58

76

23

24

59

Marsh Wren

9

13

13

14

26

Golden-crowned Kinglet

4

5

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

403

238

216

382

383

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

219

157

132

244

264

Eastern Bluebird

98

83

74

150

74

Hermit Thrush

20

69

30

61

23

American Robin

716

2887

278

497

646

Gray Catbird

74

120

73

83

81

Northern Mockingbird

91

179

132

144

120

Brown Thrasher

11

12

19

26

19

European Starling

323

218

406

265

174

American Pipit

50

27

3

110

56

Cedar Waxwing

96

480

13

348

25

Blue-winged Warbler

1

Orange-crowned Warbler

60

42

36

41

55

Northern Parula

1

2

2

1

Black-throated Blue Warbler

1

1

Yellow-rumped Warbler

4030

5697

4573

3139

2156

Yellow-throated Warbler

31

19

20

34

36

Pine Warbler

310

90

130

167

123

Prairie Warbler

1

2

1

Palm Warbler

375

261

158

269

281

Black-and-white Warbler

63

62

41

50

51

American Redstart

1

Ovenbird

13

3

8

5

8

Northern Waterthrush

1

Louisiana Waterthrush

1

Common Yellowthroat

162

166

114

199

276

Wilson’s Warbler

5

Summer Tanager

1

Western Tanager

1

Eastern Towhee

85

112

157

140

73

Bachman’s Sparrow

2

Chipping Sparrow

165

142

263

85

120

Field Sparrow

1

1

8

6

17

Vesper Sparrow

81

6

11

5

19

Savannah Sparrow

218

129

71

47

220

Grasshopper Sparrow

2

1

15

Henslow’s Sparrow

1

3

1

8

13

LeConte’s Sparrow

1

1

Ammodramus, sp.

2

Fox Sparrow

1

2

Song Sparrow

57

56

63

42

65

Lincoln’s Sparrow

1

1

Swamp Sparrow

175

187

188

112

411

White-throated Sparrow

34

43

91

44

20

White-crowned Sparrow

3

2

4

Dark-eyed Junco

2

1

1

2

Northern Cardinal

242

300

364

322

424

Indigo Bunting

1

Dickcissel

1

Red-winged Blackbird

5953

5554

9403

3695

6086

Eastern Meadowlark

380

263

224

241

157

Rusty Blackbird

1

4

68

Common Grackle

419

1430

758

1103

954

Boat-tailed Grackle

1487

2658

768

1630

1416

Brown-headed Cowbird

12

3

146

200

77

Baltimore Oriole

1

10

8

9

19

House Finch

11

21

44

American Goldfinch

400

125

248

372

401

House Sparrow

26

33

64

47

Last Updated July 10th, 2021, Tim Hardin