Start Counting! Christmas Bird Counts 2023

Screenshot from Join the Christmas Bird Count at (Photo: Luke Franke/Audubon)

7 December 2023

Songbird migration ended last month but there’s birding fun ahead in the coming weeks. Join Audubon’s 124rd annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) from Dec 14, 2023 to January 5, 2024!

Date span of the 2023 Christmas Bird Count (calendar images from

Visit one (or more) of the >2,500 count circles in North America. Each circle has its own compiler who coordinates the count for a single scheduled day within the 15-mile radius. No experience is necessary. The only prerequisite is that you must contact the circle compiler in advance to reserve your place.

Screenshot of 124th Christmas Bird Count map from

Go birding outdoors or, if you live in a Count Circle, stay home and count birds at your feeder. Click here and enter your home address to find out what circle you’re in. (If you’re within a circle, click on the colored bird icon to see date, time and contact information.)

Follow the instructions here at to sign up.

If you live in the Pittsburgh area you may be interested in one of these counts.

Screenshot of 124th Christmas Bird Count map from, zoomed in to Pittsburgh, PA

These circles touch Allegheny County:

  • South Hills, 16 Dec 2023
  • Buffalo Creek Valley, 16 Dec 2023
  • Imperial CBC, 17 Dec 2023
  • Mon Valley, 17 Dec 2023
  • Pittsburgh CBC, 30 Dec 2023
  • South Butler, 31 Dec 2023

For more information visit Audubon Society of Western PA’s Christmas Bird Count page or click here for details on National Audubon’s CBC map.

Join the Pittsburgh Christmas Bird Count on 30 December 2023 (map below). To participate contact Brian Shema at the Audubon Society of Western PA at 412-963-6100 or

Pittsburgh Christmas Bird Count circle (map from

Sign up now! We’ll be counting soon.

(photo from 2024 Audubon Christmas Bird Count webpage, maps from; click on the captions to see the originals)

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