Birders in Belize have the opportunity to observe hundreds of different species of birds, and it is not uncommon to view 50 in a single outing. Belize has recorded over 500 species of birds within its borders and many of the migratory birds that flock to Belize are accounted for during the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
Audubon 106th Annual Christmas Bird Count to take Place December 14th, 2005 - January 5th, 2006

Press Release - National Audubon Society – October 31st, 2005 – From December 14th, 2005 to January 5th, 2006, the National Audubon Society’s longestrunning wintertime tradition, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), will take place throughout the Americas. During the 106th CBC, approximately 55,000 volunteers of all skill levels are expected to take part in this census of birds. “Having fun while birding can identify important results that help shape the direction of bird conservation,” says Geoff LeBaron, National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count director. “Audubon and our partners at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the Boreal Species Initiative are analyzing data from the overall CBC database, and using the results they find to develop Audubon’s ‘State of the Birds’ report. These important results will be reflected in 2006 in our ‘State of the Birds’ waterbirds report, and inform the Audubon WatchList, which is used to prioritize Audubon’s bird conservation activities.”

The CBC began over a century ago when 27 conservationists in 25 localities, led by scientist and writer Frank Chapman, changed the course of ornithological history. On Christmas Day in 1900, the small group posed an alternative to the “side hunt,” a Christmas day activity in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most birds and small mammals. Instead, Chapman proposed to identify, count, and record all the birds they saw, founding what is now considered to be the world’s most significant citizen-based conservation effort – and what has become a more than century-old institution.

Today, in Audubon’s centennial year (making the CBC five years older than Audubon!), participants from all 50 states, every Canadian province, parts of Central and South America, Bermuda, the West Indies, and Pacific Islands, will count and record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area.

Audubon is celebrating its centennial year of protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Birds such as the pigeon pictured above add to the great diversity of our wildlife, and must be protected.
During the 105th season, about 70 million birds were counted. Thanks in part to Bird Studies Canada, a leading notfor- profit conservation organization that is the Canadian partner for the CBC, last year saw a record high yet again: 2,022 individual counts. Each count group completes a census of the birds found during one 24-hour period between December 14 and January 5 in a designated circle 15 miles in diameter – about 177 square miles.

The 106th CBC is larger than ever, expanding its geographical range and accumulating information about the winter distributions of various birds. The CBC is vital in monitoring the status of resident and migratory birds across the Western Hemisphere, and the data, which is 100% volunteer generated, have become a crucial part of the U.S. Government’s natural history monitoring database. Articles published in the 104th and 105th CBC issues of American Birds define new methods of analyses of large citizen-science data sets, with relevance to other programs beyond the CBC.

Count results from 1900 to the present are available through Audubon’s website Included in those results is the last report of the Ivorybilled Woodpecker in the CBC database – two birds that were seen in the Singer Tract in Louisiana during the 38th CBC in 1937. Other sightings were reported earlier in the 1930s.

“Over five human generations, the CBC has evolved into a powerful and important tool, one probably inconceivable to any of the 27 participants on the first Christmas Bird Count,” said LeBaron. “With continually growing environmental pressures, the value of the current data might even exceed the imagination of today’s participants.” CBC compilers enter their count data via Audubon’s website at or through Bird Studies Canada’s homepage at, where the 106th Count results will be viewable in near real-time. Explore this information for the winter of 2005- 2006 or visit a count from the past. See if and how the state of your local birds has changed during the last 25...50...or 100 years.

Audubon is celebrating its centennial year of protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our national network of community- based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

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Here is a list of the birds spotted recently on a birding expedition:

Pied-billed Grebe
Brown Pelican
Magnificent Frigatebird
Double-crested Cormorant
Olivaceous Cormorant

Royal Tern
Gull-billed tern
Forster Turn
Least Tern
Sandwich Tern

Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull

American Golden Plover
Wilson's Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Snowy Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Collared Plover
Ruddy Turnstone

Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Upland Sandpipper
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher
Common Snipe
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron (white phase)
Snowy Egret
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Northern Boat-billed Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Reddish Egret
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Tri-colored Heron
White Ibis
Wood Stork
Black-necked stilt
Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Roseate Spoonbill
Clapper Rail
Gray-necked Rail
Purple Gallinule
Sandhill Crane
American Coot
Swainson's Thrush
Louisana Water Thrush
Northern Water Thrush
Wood Thrush

Ringed Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Green Kingfisher

Common Black Hawk
Great Black Hawk
Roadside Hawk
Gray Hawk
White-tailed Hawk
Black-shouldered Hawk
American Kestrel
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Laughing Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
White-tailed Kite
Black-and-White Hawk-Eagle
Common Night Hawk
Lesser Night Hawk
Common Pauraque

Blue-Winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shovler
Blk-Bellied Whistling Duck
White-crowned Pigeon
Pale-vented Pigeon
Caribbean Dove
White-winged Dove
Common Ground Dove
Ruddy Ground Dove
Gray-headed Dove
Gray-fronted Dove
Rock Dove

Aztec Parakeet

Mangrove Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow

Gray-breasted Martin
Brown Jay
Yucatan Jay
Tropical Mockingbird
Gray Catbird
Black Catbird
Black Albinated Catbird
Clay-colored Robin
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Crimson-collared Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager

Black-headed Saltator
Buff-throated Saltator
Gray Saltator

Blue Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

American Red Start
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green
Black and White Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Canadian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Mangrove Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellowthroated Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Swainson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat

Green-backed Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Cedar Waxwing
Solitary Vireo
Mangrove Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Yucatan Vireo
Cozumel Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Rufous-browed Peppershrike

Bronzed Cowbird
Great-tailed Grackle

Baltimore Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Orange Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Yellow-backed Oriole
Yellow-billed Cacique
Yellow-headed Blackbird

White-collared Seedeater
Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater
Black Seedeater
Sharpe's Seedeater

Clay-colored Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

Cinnamon Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Little Hermit
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Green-breasted Mango
Forked-tailed Emerald

Masked Tityra
Great Kiskadee
Social Flycatcher
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
Streaked Flycatcher
Forked-tailed Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Boat-billed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Common-tody Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Duskey-capped Flycatcher

Rose-throated Becard

Tropical Pewee
Eastern Wood Pewee
Tropical Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Squirrel Cuckoo
Mangrove Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo

Groove-billed Ani
Smooth-billed Ani

Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Caribbean Elaenia

Citreoline Trogon
Black Headed Trogon

Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Lineated Woodpecker
Yucatan Woodpecker/Red-vented
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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