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2018 Franklin Christmas Bird Count final results:

Total Bird Species seen:  63 species

Total number of birds: 2,734 birds  (the lowest count in our 7 years)

Total number of birders:  38 

On Monday, Dec.17, birders from the Franklin Bird Club gathered for our 7th year of participation in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.  For many it began as a foggy day, that led to sunshine and birds–both common and unusual.

Here are some photos from the day:

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Team 4, early morning, planning
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Team 5

Participants gathered at the Lazy Hiker to total the count!

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Franklin’s History with the Christmas Count: In 2012, at the prompting of Bob Gilbert, the Franklin Bird Club applied to Audubon to be a site for the yearly count. The application included designating a circular area, 15 miles across, which was then divided among 5 teams of birders. 2012 was a practice year with CBC reports submitted to Audubon and details worked out but nothing was official.

2012

Total number of bird species:  57

Total number of birds:  3323

Total number of birders:  21

2013

Total number of bird species:  60

Total number of birds:  6427 + 60,000 robins

Total number of birders:  31

2014

Total number of bird species:  64

Total number of birds: 6196

Total number of birders:  30

2015

Total number of bird species:  65

Total number of birds:  3420

Total number of birders:  27

2016

Total number of bird species:  71

Total number of birds:  5596

Total number of birders:  34

2017

Total number of bird species:  64

Total number of birds:  3634

Total number of birders:  25

For a great day of birding, plan on joining us next year