Ellis Creek Bird Surveys

In January 2010, PWA began a monthly bird survey of birds seen from the Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility trails. The goal was to establish which species were present, in what numbers, and in which seasons. As long as the observation took place from the trail system, every bird seen was recorded, whether in the park, flying overhead, or even outside the park. Data will be used to help evaluate the quality of the habitat at Ellis Creek, as well as provide information on the stability of our migratory bird populations.

Team bird survey leaders are Gene Hunn, Andy LaCasse, Richard Merriss, Ruth Rudesill, and Ron Storey. Len Nelson coordinates the effort and compiles the statistics, and the Excel spreadsheet of these observations can be obtained by emailing Len at [email protected]

Year Results
Results of the first year monthly survey, ending 12 December 2010: 128 species were identified in a total count of 22,999
Results of the second year, bimonthly, survey, ending 15 November 2011: 129 species were identified in a total count of 11,865
Results of the third year, bimonthly, survey, ending 19 November 2012: 125 species were identified in a total count of 15,203
Results of the fourth year, bimonthly, survey, ending 8 November 2013: 117 species were identified in a total count of 30,731
Results of the fifth year, bimonthly, survey, ending 21 November 2014: 129 species were identified in a total count of 16,789
Results of the sixth year, bimonthly, survey, ending 18 November 2015: 129 species were identified in a total count of 71,809
Results of the seventh year, bimonthly, survey, ending 14 November 2016: 123 species were identified in a total count of 10,614

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