Nature Moncton’s 60th Annual Citizens’ Christmas Bird Count

Bird Feeder Observers

But what is a “Christmas Bird count”? It’s the longest-running Citizen Science survey in the world. It’s been going on for 121 years now. In Canada it is coordinated by Bird studies Canada. From December 14, 2020 to January 5, 2021 several thousand volunteers throughout North America and beyond will brave winter weather to count birds on a specific day in each count circle. From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in a Christmas Bird Count is making a difference for science and bird conservation. Scientists rely on the remarkable trend data from the Christmas Bird Count to better understand how birds and the environment are getting along and what needs to be done to protect them.

This is the 60th year for the count in Moncton, can we get 60 feeders reporting? Here is your chance to help us reach that goal. This important tally helps the birds and nature. If you have a neighbour who would also be interested, please forward this message.

We would also like to obtain any unusual observations (not on the list) made from December 16 to December 22, 2020. Please enter any pertinent observation, dates etc made at the bottom of the table.

Should you have the time to participate I have included below a short explanation of the process to follow. Once your information has been entered onto the writable form just email your data to me as soon as is convenient after the count day. If you are interested to have a copy of the final feeder tally once tabulated let me know.

Counting:   Many of the same birds may visit your feeder more than once during the day. To get around this you only submit the maximum number of each species that you observed all at one time during the day. The maximum number of a different species may be at another time.

Example A: if you see, at various times 3, 7, or 5 Black-capped Chickadees, you only record 7 for the day’s total.

Example B: the sexes of some birds are distinct. Downey and Hairy Woodpecker males have red patches on their heads, females do not. If you see 2 Downey females at one time and a male later, your total would be 3.

Watch Time: It is important that you do your best to record the total time spent watching. You are not expected to watch continuously, but if you look at your feeders every 15 minutes or so from say 8:00 am to 2:00 pm you record 6 hours of watching time. If you did watch continuously for 2 hours in the morning and 1 in the afternoon, record 3 hours total. Whatever the time just record it.

Note: The first three hours of daylight may be the most productive in some areas.

          Nature Moncton’s

Christmas Birdfeeder Count (CBC)
    Saturday, December 19, 2020

For contact and / or information 

please contact Susan Atkinson at


Nature Moncton’s Christmas Birdfeeder Count (CBC)

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Greetings Birder friends who live in the Greater Moncton area and have either participated in the Annual Christmas Bird Feeder Count in the past or who would love to join us this year.

Do you love watching birds at your feeders? By supplementing the winter nourishment of your winged-friends you are giving them a great helping hand. Here is a simple and fun way of doing even more. On Saturday, December 19th, 2020 Nature Moncton will be holding its 60th annual Christmas bird count and you can participate by telling us what you see at your feeders that day. It’s very simple! You watch the birds that come to your feeder on December 19th take notes and pass on the data to us.

Fill out the list form below and send to Your data will be added to the results of our 9 field teams that will be concurrently counting species and individual birds they find in a 24 km diameter circle around Moncton. Please also include any rare observations (not on the list) starting from Dec 16 until Dec 22, 2020.

This notice is going out via the NM Info-line mailing list and contacts from previous years. If you have friends and neighbours who are not members but have feeders, please feel free to pass on this message. Every participant’s observations will support this worthy study. Below is the easy form to complete.

Roger Leblanc, the Greater Moncton area CBC bird count co-ordinator and I are hoping you will be interested in participating in the Nature Moncton 2020 Christmas Bird Feeder count.

This is my 5th year coordinating this important annual event. I hope to ensure the Moncton area is well represented and that the counts reflect the birds attracted to our urban feeders. If you are at home, even if just a short time, please note the birds you see at your feeders on Saturday December 19th and email me your tallies. Emailed tallies using the form below simplifies the tabulating process but is not essential. If you have a problem with completing the form, just send in a tally with what and how many you saw, how much time you spent etc in an email. Please include your address so the counts can be collated into the correct zones.

Up until few years ago we accepted this information by phone but no longer. If you have any problems email me or call at 384-2332 and leave your number and you will be called.

 Many thanks for taking time during this very busy pre-Christmas season to help with this important citizen’s scientific research survey.

Susan Atkinson,