Durham, NC Christmas Bird Count

Organized and compiled by Jacob Socolar and Jeffrey Pippen



Thanks for checking out the Durham Christmas Bird Count info page! Click on the links below for forms and information. Some of this information is hosted on the Duke Natural History Society website, and kudos go to Josh Rose for originally establishing the online presence of the Durham CBC information with maps and area descriptions.

Google Map of count circle (Thanks Jacob!)

Original Map of count circle

Description of coverage areas


2017 Durham CBC will be Sunday December 17th

Mark your calendars! Hope you can join us. Feel free to contact me or Jacob for more info, and check back here as the date approaches for updates!


2016 Durham CBC Sunday December 18th

Please contact me (Jeff Pippen, jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com) and Jacob Socolar (jacob.socolar AT gmail.com) if you are interested in enjoying some great birding around Durham and can help us with the Count. Many thanks to Mike Schultz who retired after many stellar years of service as the Durham count compiler! Great job Mike!! As always, beginners are welcome and will be paired with experienced leaders. Thanks to National Audubon changing its policy, participation in the Christmas Bird Count is now free!

Countdown Dinner Announcement: Once again, we will gather at 5:30pm for dinner and a countdown/compilation to share our bird findings & stories of the day. This year we will meet at Matatlan Mexican Restaurant at 3808 Guess Rd, next to the Food Lion. This is the same place we have met the last couple of years, but it's changed ownership and names. We hope you can join us!

Download 2016 count forms in Excel format: Page 1 | Page 2
Please use these forms when turning in your data. It makes final compilation *significantly* more efficient -- thank you!!

2016 Coverage Assignments below based on last year and will be updated regularly:
Area--Partipants (a question mark (?) indicates participants based on previous years or tentatively placed but not yet confirmed -- please let us know!)
*Updated 12/29/2016*
1--Upper Little River--Paul Taillie
2--Quail Roost--Tom Krakauer, Lynn Richardson, Mark Kosiewski, Eddie Owens
3--Upper Flat River--
4--Lake Michie/Little R. Lake--John & Elaine Hammond
5.1--Eno River S. P. (Fews Ford to Cole Mill Rd access area)--Edith Tatum, Isabel Reddy
5.2--Eno River S. P. (South of Umstead Rd, West of Guess Rd, North of Carver, East of Cole Mill Rd)--Kelly Mieszkalski, Ron Hodgson
5.3--Eno River S. P. (South of St. Mary's Rd, West of Guess Rd, North of Umstead Rd; Does not include Fews Ford)--Vern Bothwell, Joe Donahue
6--West Point--Bo Howes, Steve Buczynski
7--Sparrow Fields, Snowhill--Jacob Socolar
8--Little River Impoundments--Paul Taillie
9.1--Lower Eno by land--Kent Fiala
9.2--Lower Eno by water (kayak)--
10--Flat River Impoundments--Bruce Young, Brian Murphy
11--Brickhouse Rd.--Gene Kingsley, Norm Budnitz, Gene Kingsley
12.1--Knap of Reeds--Will Cook
12.2--Knap of Reeds North of Oxford--Jeffrey Roth
13--Will Suitt Road--Jim Capel, Nan DeWire, Genya Bragina
14--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp--Brian Bockhahn
15--Lower Ellerbe--Robert Meehan
16--Middle Ellerbe--Deck Stapleton
17--Upper Ellerbe --Jeff Pippen, Helen Kalevas, Dilys Bowman , Tracy Feldman (p.m.)
18--Duke Forest--Tom Driscoll, Anne Dayer, Paul Dayer, Marcia Mandel, Steve Foster
19.1--Duke Gardens--Bill Schlesinger, Lisa Dellwo
19.2--Duke Golf Course & wetland--Bill Schlesinger, Lisa Dellwo
20--S. Downtown Parks--William Whitmore




2015 Durham CBC Sunday December 20th

Please contact Mike Schultz and Jacob Socolar (jacob.socolar AT gmail.com) if you are interested in enjoying some great birding around Durham and can help us with the Count. As always, beginners are welcome and will be paired with experienced leaders. Thanks to National Audubon changing its policy, participation in the Christmas Bird Count is now free!

Countdown Dinner Announcement: Once again, we will gather at 5:30pm for dinner and a countdown/compilation to share our bird findings & stories of the day. This year we will meet again at El Rincon Mexican Restaurant at 3808 Guess Rd., next to the Food Lion near the Willowdale Shopping Complex. We hope you can join us!

Download 2015 count forms in Excel format: Page 1 | Page 2
Please use these forms when turning in your data. It makes final compilation *significantly* more efficient -- thank you!!

2015 Coverage Assignments below based on last year and will be updated regularly:
Area--Partipants (a question mark (?) indicates participants based on previous years or tentatively placed but not yet confirmed -- please let us know!)
*Updated 12/18/2015*
1--Upper Little River--Amalie Tuffin
2--Quail Roost--Tom Krakauer, Caroline Gilmore, Lynn Richardson, Tim Bliss, Mark Kosiewski
3--Upper Flat River--
4--Lake Michie/Little R. Lake--John & Elaine Hammond
5.1--Eno River S. P. (Fews Ford to Cole Mill Rd access area)--Edith Tatum, Judy Teague(?)
5.2--Eno River S. P. (South of Umstead Rd, West of Guess Rd, North of Carver, East of Cole Mill Rd)--Ron Hodgson(?), Ron Mclear(?), Bob Chase(?)
5.3--Eno River S. P. (South of St. Mary's Rd, West of Guess Rd, North of Umstead Rd; Does not include Fews Ford)
6--West Point--Bo Howes(?), Jeri Smart(?)
7--Sparrow Fields, Snowhill--Tracy Feldman, Greg Beck
8--Little River Impoundments--Amalie Tuffin
9.1--Lower Eno by land--Kent Fiala
9.2--Lower Eno by water (kayak)--Ginger Travis(?) (weather permitting)
10--Flat River Impoundments--Bruce Young
11--Brickhouse Rd.--Gene Kingsley, Norm Budnitz, Patsy Bailey
12.1--Knap of Reeds--
12.2--Knap of Reeds North of Oxford--Jeffrey Roth (a.m. only)
13--Will Suitt Road--Eddie Owens, Jim Capel
14--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp--Brian Bockhahn
15--Lower Ellerbe--Robert Meehan(?)
16--Middle Ellerbe--Deck Stapleton
17--Upper Ellerbe --Jeff Pippen, Dan Kaplan(?) (east portion)
18--Duke Forest--Tom Driscoll(?)
19.1--Duke Gardens--Bill Schlesinger, Lisa Dellwo
19.2--Duke Golf Course & wetland--Bill Schlesinger, Lisa Dellwo
20--S. Downtown Parks--William Whitmore

Participating, but currently unplaced:


2014 Durham CBC Sunday December 14th Info Below

Countdown Dinner Announcement: Once again, we will gather at 5:30pm for dinner and a countdown/compilation to share our bird findings & stories of the day. This year we will meet again at El Rincon Mexican Restaurant at 3808 Guess Rd., next to the Food Lion near the Willowdale Shopping Complex. We hope you can join us!

2014 Coverage Assignments below based on last year and will be updated regularly:
Area--Partipants (a question mark (?) indicates participants based on previous years or tentatively placed but not yet confirmed -- please let us know!)
*Updated 12/13/2014*
1--Upper Little River--Amalie Tuffin
2--Quail Roost--Tom Krakauer, Mark Kosiewski, Mike Schultz, Scott Winton, Norm Budnitz
3--Upper Flat River--Mark Kosiewski
4--Lake Michie/Little R. Lake--John & Elaine Hammond
5.1--Eno River S. P. (Fews Ford to Cole Mill Rd access area)--Edith Tatum , Judy Teague
5.2--Eno River S. P. (South of Umstead Rd, West of Guess Rd, North of Carver, East of Cole Mill Rd)--Ron Hodgson, Ron Mclear, Kelly Mieszkalski, Bob Chase
5.3--Eno River S. P. (South of St. Mary's Rd, West of Guess Rd, North of Umstead Rd; Does not include Fews Ford)--Mike Schultz, Norm Budnitz
6--West Point--Bo Howes, Jeri Smart
7--Sparrow Fields, Snowhill--Cody Porter, Brendan Klick, Tracy Feldman
8--Little River Impoundments--Amalie Tuffin
9.1--Lower Eno by land--Kent Fiala
9.2--Lower Eno by water (kayak)--Ginger Travis? (weather permitting)
10--Flat River Impoundments--Brian Murphy
11--Brickhouse Rd.--Brian Pendergraft, Gene Kingsley
12.1--Knap of Reeds--Will Cook
12.2--Knap of Reeds North of Oxford--Jeffrey Roth
13--Will Suitt Road--Mike Riley, Mike Tove, Eddie Owens
14--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp--Brian Bockhahn
15--Lower Ellerbe--Robert Meehan
16--Middle Ellerbe--Deck Stapleton
17--Upper Ellerbe --Jeff Pippen, Jacob Socolar, Dan Kaplan (east portion)
18--Duke Forest--Tom Driscoll
19.1--Duke Gardens--Bill and Lisa Schlesinger
19.2--Duke Golf Course & wetland--Bill and Lisa Schlesinger
20--S. Downtown Parks--William Whitmore

Participating, but currently unplaced:


2013 Info below

*Updated 12/14/2013*

1--Upper Little River--Amalie Tuffin
2--Quail Roost--Tom Krakauer, Mark Kosiewski
3--Upper Flat River--Mark Kosiewski, Susan Alden
4--Lake Michie/Little R. Lake--John & Elaine Hammond
5.1--Eno River S. P. (Fews Ford)--Edith Tatum
5.2--Eno River S. P. (Cabe Lands, St. Mary's Rd, Dumont Rd.)--Paul Taillie
5.3--Eno River S. P. (Pump Station/Cole Mill to Guess Rd.)--Paul Taillie
6--West Point--Ron Hodgson, Ron Mclear, Kelly Mieszkalski
7--Sparrow Fields, Snowhill--Cody Porter, Brendan Klick, Tracy Feldman
8--Little River Impoundments--Amalie Tuffin
9.1--Lower Eno by land--Kent Fiala
9.2--Lower Eno by water (kayak)--Ginger Travis (weather permitting)
10--Flat River Impoundments--Brian Murphy
11--Brickhouse Rd.--Brian Pendergraft, Laura Sebrell, Steve Schultz, Norm Budnitz
12.1--Knap of Reeds--Will Cook
12.2--Knap of Reeds North of Oxford--Jon Bennett
13--Will Suitt Road--Mike Riley, Mike Tove, Eddie Owens
14--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp--Brian Bockhahn
15--Lower Ellerbe--Robert Meehan, Peter Perlman
16--Middle Ellerbe--Deck Stapleton
17--Upper Ellerbe --Jeff Pippen, Toni Rexrode, Helen Kalevas, Dan Kaplan (east portion)
18--Duke Forest--Tom Driscoll, Iven Penado
19.1--Duke Gardens--Mike Schultz (morning only)
19.2--Duke Golf Course & wetland--Mike Schultz, Jim & Mary Siedow
20--S. Downtown Parks--Ali Iyoob

Participating, but currently unplaced:


2012 Info below

Countdown Dinner Announcement (NEW LOCATION: Pomodoro Italian Kitchen, 1811 Hillandale Road, Durham, NC 27705): Once again, we will gather at 5:30pm for dinner and a countdown/compilation to share our bird findings & stories of the day. We hope you can join us!

2012 Coverage Assignments
Area--Partipants (a question mark (?) indicates participants based on previous years or tentatively placed but not yet confirmed -- please let us know!)

1--Upper Little River--Amalie Tuffin
2--Quail Roost--Tom Krakauer, Scott Winton
3--Upper Flat River--Scott Winton
4--Lake Michie/Little R. Lake--John & Elaine Hammond
5.1--Eno River S. P. (Fews Ford)--Edith Tatum
5.2--Eno River S. P. (Cabe Lands, St. Mary's Rd, Dumont Rd.)--Kent Fiala
5.3--Eno River S. P. (Pump Station/Cole Mill to Guess Rd.)--Kent Fiala
6--West Point--Judy Murray(?)
7--Sparrow Fields, Snowhill--
8--Little River Impoundments--Amalie Tuffin
9.1--Lower Eno by land--Mike Schultz
9.2--Lower Eno by water (kayak)--Ginger Travis (weather permitting)
10--Flat River Impoundments--Brian Murphy
11--Brickhouse Rd.--Norm Budnitz
12.1--Knap of Reeds--Will Cook
12.2--Knap of Reeds North of Oxford--Jacob Socolar
13--Will Suitt Road--Mike Riley, Mike Tove
14--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp--Brian Bockhahn
15--Lower Ellerbe--Doug Shadwick, Robert Meehan
16--Middle Ellerbe--Bethanne & Jacob Socolar, Allen Hurlbert
17--Upper Ellerbe --Jeff Pippen, Kelly M., Toni Rexrode(?), Helen Kalevas
18--Duke Forest--Tom Driscoll
19.1--Duke Gardens--
19.2--Duke Golf Course & wetland--Jim & Mary Siedow
20--S. Downtown Parks--

Participating, but currently unplaced, i.e. batting cleanup:


2011 Coverage Assignments
Area--Partipants (a question mark (?) indicates hopeful participants based on previous years or tentatively placed but not yet confirmed)

1--Upper Little River--Amalie Tuffin
2--Quail Roost--Tom Krakauer, Scott Winton
3--Upper Flat River--
4--Lake Michie/Little R. Lake--John & Elaine Hammond
5.1--Eno River S. P. (Fews Ford)--Edith Tatum
5.2--Eno River S. P. (Cabe Lands, St. Mary's Rd, Dumont Rd.)--
5.3--Eno River S. P. (Pump Station/Cole Mill to Guess Rd.)--
6--West Point--Judy Murray
7--Sparrow Fields, Snowhill--
8--Little River Impoundments--Amalie Tuffin
9.1--Lower Eno by land--Kent Fiala
9.2--Lower Eno by water (kayak)--
10--Flat River Impoundments--Nate Swick
11--Brickhouse Rd.--Jacob Socolar, Gene Kingsley, Carol Williamson, Patricia Bailey
12.1--Knap of Reeds--Will Cook
12.2--Knap of Reeds North of Oxford--Jacob Socolar
13--Will Suitt Road--Mike Riley
14--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp--Brian Bockhahn
15--Lower Ellerbe--Doug Shadwick, Robert Meehan
16--Middle Ellerbe--Deck Stapleton
17--Upper Ellerbe --Jeff Pippen, Toni Rexrode(?), Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, Virginia Palacios, Scott Kelly, Ben Riegel, Derek Fedak
18--Duke Forest--Tom Driscoll
19.1--Duke Gardens--Chuck Byrd
19.2--Duke Golf Course & wetland--Jim & Mary Siedow
20--S. Downtown Parks--




2010 Info below

IN THE NEWS: Click here to read about the Durham CBC 2010 in the Herald Sun Newspaper

Countdown Dinner Announcement: As usual, we will gather at El Corral restaurant in Loehmann's Plaza on Hillandale Rd. at 5:30pm for dinner and a countdown/compilation to share our bird findings & stories of the day. We will have a reserved area on the left as soon as you enter. We hope you can join us in 2010!

*Updated 12/20/2010*

2010 Coverage Assignments
Area--Partipants (a question mark (?) indicates hopeful leaders based on previous years or tentatively placed but not yet confirmed)

1--Upper Little River--Amalie Tuffin
2--Quail Roost--Tom Krakauer, Jacob Socolar
3--Upper Flat River--
4--Lake Michie/Little R. Lake--John & Elaine Hammond
5.1--Eno River S. P. (Fews Ford)--Edith Tatum, Isabel Reddy
5.2--Eno River S. P. (Cabe Lands, St. Mary's Rd, Dumont Rd.)--
5.3--Eno River S. P. (Pump Station/Cole Mill to Guess Rd.)--Judy Teague(?)
6--West Point--Judy Murray
7--Sparrow Fields, Snowhill--
8--Little River Impoundments--Amalie Tuffin
9--Lower Eno--
10--Flat River Impoundments--Brian Murphy
11--Brickhouse Rd.--Norm Budnitz
12--Knap of Reeds--Will Cook
13--Will Suitt Road--Mike Riley
14--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp--Brian Bockhahn
15--Lower Ellerbe--Doug Shadwick, Robert Meehan
16--Middle Ellerbe--Deck Stapleton
17--Upper Ellerbe --Jeff Pippen, Jenny Palmer, Miriam Glover-Wetherington
18--Duke Forest--Tom Driscoll
19.1--Duke Gardens--Chuck Byrd
19.2--Duke Golf Course & wetland--Jim & Mary Siedow
20--S. Downtown Parks--Lewis McKenzie




2009 Durham CBC Sunday December 20th

*Updated 12/20/2009*

Countdown Dinner Announcement: Like last year, we'll gather at 5:30pm at El Corral restaurant in Loehmann's Plaza on Hillandale Rd. for a countdown/compilation to share our bird findings & stories of the day. Loehmann's Plaza is located on Hillandale Rd., a quarter mile north of I-85. We have a room reserved to the left as soon as you walk into the restaurant. See you there!

*Updated 12/20/2009*

2009 Coverage Assignments
Area--Partipants (a question mark (?) indicates hopeful based on previous years or tentatively placed but not yet confirmed)

1--Upper Little River--Amalie Tuffin
2--Quail Roost--Tom Krakauer
3--Upper Flat River--
4--Lake Michie/Little R. Lake--John & Elaine Hammond
5.1--Eno River S. P. (Fews Ford)--Edith Tatum, Isabel Reddy
5.2--Eno River S. P. (Cabe Lands, St. Mary's Rd, Dumont Rd.)--
5.3--Eno River S. P. (Pump Station/Cole Mill to Guess Rd.)--Judy Teague
6--West Point--Judy Murray, Molly Cook
7--Sparrow Fields, Snowhill--
8--Little River Impoundments--Amalie Tuffin
9--Lower Eno--Ginger Travis from Red Mill Rd. to Falls Lake by kayak! (non-river portion still open)
10--Flat River Impoundments--Brian Murphy, Judy Stafford
11--Brickhouse Rd.--Norm Budnitz, Patsy Bailey
12--Knap of Reeds--Will Cook
13--Will Suitt Road--
14--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp--Brian Bockhahn
15--Lower Ellerbe--Doug Shadwick
16--Middle Ellerbe--Deck Stapleton
17--Upper Ellerbe --Jeff Pippen, Toni Rexrode, Robert Meehan
18--Duke Forest--Bo Howes, Coyler Durovich, Steve Foster
19.1--Duke Gardens--Mike Schultz, Chuck Byrd, Amy Nester
19.2--Duke Golf Course & wetland--Chuck Byrd
20--S. Downtown Parks--




2008 Durham CBC Sunday December 14th

2008 Coverage Assignments
Area--Partipants (a question mark (?) indicates hopeful but not yet confirmed)

1--Upper Little River--Amalie Tuffin
2--Quail Roost--Tom Krakauer, Lynn Barber, Michelle Smith, Eric Scholz
3--Upper Flat River--
4--Lake Michie/Little R. Lake-- Nick Anich & Paula
5.1--Eno River S. P. (Fews Ford/Pump Station)--Edith Tatum, Isabele Reddy
5.2--Eno River S. P. (Cabe Lands, St. Mary's Rd, Dumont Rd.)--
5.3--
6--West Point--
7--Sparrow Fields, Snowhill--Mike Schultz, Carl Nordman
8--Little River Impoundments--Amalie Tuffin
9--Lower Eno--Ginger Travis & Lena Gallitano by kayak
10--Flat River Impoundments--Brian Murphy, Judith Fortney
11--Brickhouse Rd.--Norm Budnitz, Carol Williamson & Patsy Bailey(?)
12--Knap of Reeds--Will Cook, Jean Still, Julia Gruber, Grant Firel, Josh Unghire
13--Will Suitt Road--Carl Rothfels, Dylan Burge
14--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp--Brian Bockhahn
15--Lower Ellerbe--Doug Shadwick, Bruce Young
16--Middle Ellerbe--Deck Stapleton
17.1--Upper Ellerbe (Hillandale Golf Course/Indian Trail/Ellerbee Creek Trail)--Dan Kaplan
17.2--Upper Ellerbe (rest of area)--Jeff Pippen, Jenny Palmer, Glaeshia O'Rourke
18--Duke Forest--Tom Driscoll, Alison McPherson, Greg Vyra
19.1--Duke Gardens--Jim & Mary Siedow
19.2--Duke Golf Course & wetland--Jim & Mary Siedow
20--S. Downtown Parks--


2007 Durham CBC Sunday December 16th

*Updated 12/15/2007*

2007 Coverage Assignments
Area--Partipants (a question mark (?) indicates hopeful but not yet confirmed)

1--Upper Little River--Amalie Tuffin
2--Quail Roost--Tom Krakauer, Jon Steelwegan, Barbara Beechwood
3--Upper Flat River--Will Cook(?)
4--Lake Michie/Little R. Lake--Nathan Swick
5.1--Eno River S. P. (Fews Ford/Pump Station)--Edith Tatum & team
5.2--Eno River S. P. (Cabe Lands, St. Mary's Rd, Dumont Rd.)--Brian Bockhahn
5.3--
6--West Point--Eric Scholz & Michelle Smith
7--Sparrow Fields, Snowhill--Jon Bennett, Will Mackin & Greg Beck
8--Little River Impoundments--Amalie Tuffin
9--Lower Eno--
10--Flat River Impoundments--Brian Murphy
11--Brickhouse Rd.--Norm Budnitz, Carol Williamson & Patsy Bailey(?)
12--Knapp of Reeds--John Walker
13--Will Suit Road--Carl Rothfels & DNHS team
14--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp--Brian Bockhahn
15--Lower Ellerbe--Doug Shadwick
16--Middle Ellerbe--Deck Stapleton, Larry Brockman
17--Upper Ellerbe--Jeff Pippen, Jenny Palmer, Kristin Vaughn, Lindsey Smart
18--Duke Forest--Tom Driscoll
19.1--Duke Gardens--Jim & Mary Siedow
19.2--Duke Golf Course & wetland--Jim & Mary Siedow
20--S. Downtown Parks--Will Cook(?)

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