Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Counts sponsored by the Pilchuck Audubon Society:

119th Christmas Bird Count

Annual Reports

Everett / Marysville -- December 29, 2018
Edmonds -- December 15, 2018

No participation fee

What is the Christmas Bird Count?

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was started in 1900 as an alternative to the "Christmas side hunt" in which teams competed to shoot as many birds as possible. It is the nation's longest running citizen science survey. Pilchuck Audubon Society has sponsored the Everett / Marysville CBC since 1974, and the Edmonds CBC since 1984. The 15-mile diameter count circles are divided into sections which are surveyed by teams of volunteers to identify and count all of the wild birds present. In addition to field teams, we have feeder counters who identify and count the birds at their feeders. The results are tallied and submitted to the National Audubon Society. This long-term population data is used in multiple research projects like the State of the Birds and the Audubon's Birds and Climate Change Report.

When is the count?

The Everett / Marysville count will be December 29, 2018. The Edmonds / South County count will be December 15, 2018.

Where are the Count Circles?

The 15-mile diameter Edmonds / South County circle is centered on the west side of Martha Lake in Lynnwood. It includes all of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, South Everett, Mill Creek, Mount Lake Terrace, Maltby and Brier. It also includes much of Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Shoreline. A map of Edmonds circle is here. The 15-mile diameter Everett / Marysville circle is centered west of Quil Ceda Village in Marysville. It includes all of Marysville, the Tulalip Reservation, Everett north of 32nd Street, Smokey Point, Hat Island, the southern tip of Camano Island, and parts of Arlington and Lake Stevens.

Can I watch the birds at my feeders?

If you prefer to bird from your favorite chair with a cup of hot coffee, we have a deal for you! If your home falls within one of the two count circles, you can help by recording and reporting the birds at your feeders. This is a lot of fun if you have young children or grandchildren who want to help. Please contact one of our compilers if you’d like to participate from the warmth of your home.
Click here for more detailed instructions for home counters.

How do I join a field team?

Field teams gather about dawn and generally bird until late in the afternoon. Some teams start in the pre-dawn hours or go out in the evening to listen for owls. Birders of all experience levels are welcome. Families with young children are better suited for the feeder watch portion of the CBC. Experienced birders are needed and we will try to place less experienced birders on experienced teams. If you are interested in joining our CBC effort, please contact one of our Compilers.

Who are the CBC Compilers?

Everett / Marysville CBC
Scott Atkinson
tel: 425-210-2716

Edmonds CBC
Rick Taylor
tel: 425-214-2764

What should I bring on count day?

Please bring your binoculars and field guide. A spotting scope is useful. The CBC goes rain or shine, although I don't recall much of the latter. So, dress in layers with a waterproof outer layer and fleece underneath. A warm hat, gloves, and socks are critical to your enjoyment. Waterproof footwear is strongly recommended -- some routes require knee-high wellies, while other routes are mostly done from the car.

Can I eBird the CBC?

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird is an amazing birding tool. It is by far the fastest and easiest way for a team to record and report their CBC results. More information on eBirding your CBC can be found here.

Where is the CBC Potluck?

On the evening of the CBCs, we gather for a potluck to enjoy some hot soup and share the preliminary results. Your area leader or compiler will provide the location and times for the potluck. Volunteers are needed to help with potluck set-up and clean-up.

Annual Reports

Edmonds Annual Reports:

Everett Annual Reports:



Christmas Bird Count - Audubon Official Site

Wikipedia CBC Entry