In an email from Woody Bracey:
South Abaco 2011 CBC is a Bahama Bird Bonanza
Intermittent rain failed to dampen the efforts of the 16 participants of the 12/17 2011 Christmas Bird Count led by Reg Patterson to census the birds of Southern Abaco. Three teams covered the Abaco National Park, Crossing Rocks and Maillis Ponds, and the Sandy Point area and recorded 75 seperate species. All the endemic(found nowhere but the Bahamas) and native Bahama birds were seen – Bahams Swallow, Bahama Woodstar(Hummingbird), Bahama Warbler, Bahama Yellowthroat, Bahama Mockingbird and Bahama Parrot – except for the Bahama Oriole which only exists on Andros. The last one seen on Abaco was deep in the pine forest in 1993. The record number of species for this count of 87 was set in 2005 followed closely by 86 last year. The weather and number of participants influence the results as well as the number of birds to be counted. Hurricane Irene may have had some influence on our fewer number this year.
The North Abaco count will begin at 7am on Monday, January 2nd (official New Year’s holiday) at the junction of the Great Abaco Highway and Treasure Cay Road. All participants are welcome.
Elwood D. Bracey
Also I came across this nice post by Samantha Whitcraft on last years count.