South Brevard CBC Results
By Roy Book
The final results have been compiled for a very successfull 41st South Brevard Christmas Bird Count. The 45 volunteers in the field came up with 154 countable plus 2 exotic species. The highlights were a Broad-winged Hawk, a Magnolia Warbler, two Great Crested Flycatchers, a Brown-crested Flycatcher, one Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Ruddy Duck. Pelican Island is recovering and 25 species including 225 White Pelicans were seen on the island by the waterborne team. The numbers of White-winged Doves seem to be increasing in the area with a total of 95 for the day. The American Robin had the highest specie count with almost 9,000. While the total number of birds was down from last year, the 29,858 tallied this year is still notable.
A Thank You seems inadequate for the efforts of all involved but many thanks anyway. And a special thanks to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge for furnishing the boat and crew.