With the holiday season approaching, it is once again time to think about the winter bird countsELIAS members participate in a series of eight counts — four Christmas Bird Counts (CBC). These are sponsored by the National Audubon Society and four winter waterfowl censuses sponsored by the New York Ornithological Association (NYSOA). 

If you would like to participate as a field observer or a feeder watcher in any of the listed CBC’s, or as a participant in any of the waterfowl censuses, please contact the compiler of that count. There is no fee for either count. The compilers try to be flexible so that participants can bird with the group until they need to go. Please do not hesitate to ask if you can participate. All help is welcome.

Experienced birders are needed, but beginners are most welcome. Field parties who are familiar with the territory will help beginners learn their way around. This is the way we can we develop a group of skilled, committed observers to continue the tradition. Feeder watchers who live within the count circle are also needed to provide to record the number and species that appear at the feeder during the count day. 

For the most part, counting begins as soon as it is light enough to see (around 6:30 to 7:00 am) and continues until it is too dark to see anymore (around 5:00 pm). However, to hunt for owls, some observers start a few hours before daylight and continue for a while after dark. At least eight hours of field observation during daylight hours in a CBC circle is required for acceptance of a CBC report. Field coverage is primarily done by a combination of walking, driving, bicycling, boating and other modes of transportation may also be used.

Montauk CBC 
Saturday, December 16th
Contact the co-compilers, Angus Wilson (oceanwanderers@gmail.com) and 
Karen Rubinstein (karrubi@gmail.com). 

Quogue-Water Mill CBC 
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Contact Steve Biasetti at 
sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org or
Office: 631.765.6450 x 205/ home 631-874-4684

Central Suffolk CBC
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Contact Eileen Schwinn at beachmed@optonline.net

Orient CBC
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Contact Patrick Hanly at 

Waterfowl Census 
January 13 to 21, 2018
(target date - Sunday, January 14)

New York State Ornithological Association conducts this survey They have been doing it annually since 1955, (there was a brief hiatus in 1968-1972). Results are published in The Kingbird.

In most years, more than a quarter of a million birds are tallied. In addition to being an enjoyable outing, DEC has acknowledged this to be a useful survey for long-term monitoring of waterfowl populations wintering in New York. If you would like to participate, or want more information, contact your regional compiler for more information. 

Smith Point to Shinnecock Inlet
Contact Jay Kuhlman at
sjkuhlman@aol.com or 631.878.4461

Yaphank to Peconic Bay
Contact Rosemary Valente at hobbesmom4evergmail.com

Montauk to Shinnecock
Contact Frank Quevedo at 631.537.9735 or sofoexdir@optonline.con

Reeves Bay to Noyack Bay and Fresh Pond to Sag Harbor
Contact John McNeil at 631.281.2623 or jpmcneil@verizon.net 

Christmas Bird Count 
& Winter Waterfowl Census

Snowy Owl at Napeague
Photo: Eileen Schwinn
Female Purple Finch at
Hallock State Park
Photo: Sally Newbert
Female Turkey
Photo: Sally Newbert
Song Sparrow
North Fork Preserve 
Photo: Sally Newbert
"From the Barrens to the Bays"
Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, Inc. 

A New York Chapter of National Audubon Society
Serving communities from Patchogue to Montauk including Southampton, East Hampton, 
Western Riverhead and Brookhaven