Christmas Bird Counts near Pittsburgh

Scanning the field for birds (photo by Gary Peeples via Wikimedia Commons)
Scanning the field for birds (photo by Gary Peeples via Wikimedia Commons)


‘Tis the season to count birds.

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an annual year-end tradition of tallying birds, now in its 117th year.  Each count is a 15-mile diameter circle manned by volunteers who count the birds they see in a single 24-hour period.

There are 14 counts planned for the Pittsburgh area between now and early January.  See the table below for the list and click here for a map of the local count circles compiled by Bob Mulvihill at the National Aviary.

It’s easy to participate and no experience is necessary!  You can count at your own feeders or go out in the field, paired with another birder.

Call the compiler ahead of time to let him know you’re coming, especially if the count will be held over the holidays.  The Pittsburgh Count on December 31 has so many participants that each section has its own compiler.  Click here for the sections and contacts.

I’ll be counting in the Pittsburgh circle.

I hope to see you in the field.

UPDATE on 12/5/2016!  The Imperial CBC is on Sunday 12/18/2016, not on 12/28.  The table below has been corrected.

2016 Christmas Bird Counts in the Pittsburgh Area

Date County CBC Name Compiler Contact Info
Sat. 12/17/2016 Beaver Beaver Rick Mason 724-847-0909
12/17 Butler,
Butler Glenn Koppel
Mary A Koeneke
12/17 Butler,
Buffalo Creek Valley George Reese 724-353-9649
12/17 Allegheny,
Pittsburgh South Hills Nancy Page 412-221-4795
12/17 Greene Ryerson Marjorie Howard 724-852-3155
12/17 Washington Washington Tom Contreras 724-223-6118
Sun. 12/18/2016 Allegheny,
Imperial Bob Mulvihill
12/18 Greene Clarksville Terry Dayton 724-627-9665
12/18 Washington Buffalo Creek Larry Helgerman 412-508-0321
Mon. 12/26/2016 Indiana Indiana Roger & Margaret Higbee 724-354-3493
Wed. 12/28/2016 Westmoreland Bushy Run Dick Byers 724-593-3543
Sat. 12/31/2016 Allegheny Pittsburgh Brian Shema 412-963-6100
There are compilers for each section of the circle. Click here for details.
Mon. 1/2/2017 Westmoreland Rector Matt Webb 412-622-5591
Sat. 1/7/2017 Butler South Butler Chris Kubiak 412-963-6100


Read more about the Christmas Bird Count here at

(photo by Gary Peeples via Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original)

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