Christmas Bird Count

For the detailed report of the total number of species and individual birds seen per section for the 2020 CBC please click the link below. Any and all questions should be sent to Kathy Doddridge at

Bradenton Circle 2020 CBC Results

A message from Kathy Doddridge, CBC Compiler:

Bradenton Circle CBC – December 19 2020

Sixty-one men and women participated in the Bradenton Circle Christmas Bird Count as part of the 121st National Audubon Society annual birding survey. This year, participants complied with pandemic guidelines as smaller teams covered areas within each of the fourteen sectors. The weather conditions were perfect for a record-setting count day. Teams tallied 158 species and 52,836 individual birds. Of those, nineteen species were new from the previous year. An additional five species were recorded during the count week, which was three days prior and following December 19th.

Congratulations to all the sector leaders and team members for their outstanding efforts this year. I look forward to seeing many of you on the birding trail in 2021!

Kathy Doddridge, Compiler

Bradenton Circle Christmas Bird Count

History of the Christmas Bird Count

Prior to the turn of the 20th century, hunters engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt." They would choose sides and go afield with their guns—whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.

The conservation movement was still in its beginning stages in that era, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about the declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the then-nascent Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition—a "Christmas Bird Census" that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them.

Click the Picture Below For the National Audubon CBC Page

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If you would like to help on the 2021 Bradenton Circle CBC to be held on December 18th, 2021 or need additional information please email the CBC coordinator: Kathy Doddridge at