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Bill -
 
I totally agree with your synopsis, however, the question is -- does a
reputable birding organization publish a list of "estimated" total North
America bird counts?
 
One would think, as these organizations are "counting" the threatened and/or
endangered species, they would also "count" the rest of the birds (if they
didn't count the others, how would they know which ones were most threatened
or endangered?).
 

...Dave Faintich

Olivette, MO
http://david.faintich.com/ 


"The truth of the matter is, the birds could very well live without us, but
many - perhaps all - of us would find life incomplete, indeed almost
intolerable without the birds" ~~ Roger Tory Peterson

 

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From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Bill Eddleman
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:05 PM
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Subject: Re: North American Bird Population


I would submit that Snow Geese are relatively completely counted by CBC,
because the circles often center on refuges. Red-wings are undoubtedly less
thoroughly counted by CBCs. The Breeding Bird Surveys may give a better
picture, but there are a lot of assumptions there, too.
 
Of course, NO ONE has complete counts for any common species--only the rare,
threatened or endangered ones (sometimes).
 
----Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Dave Faintich <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  
To: [log in to unmask] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 10:12 AM
Subject: North American Bird Population


MO-Birders -
 
I am trying to resolve a question about N.A. bird populations and I hope
someone on MO-Birds can assist me.
 
I was discussing bird populations with my brother and I mentioned that I
believed the most common bird in North America was the Red-winged Blackbired
(a statistic I've believed was true for some time).  He came back with a
list from the most recent CBC, which shows the Snow Goose at #1.
 

Most Numerous Birds
Rank  	 Species	 Individuals	
1
<http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=Specie
sState&species=snogoo&year=2009> Snow Goose 	1,337,300  	
2
<http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=Specie
sState&species=cangoo&year=2009> Canada Goose 	971,776  	
3
<http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=Specie
sState&species=amerob&year=2009> American Robin 	968,788  	
4
<http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=Specie
sState&species=eursta&year=2009> European Starling 	549,309  	
5
<http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=Specie
sState&species=amecro&year=2009> American Crow 	504,994  	
6
<http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=Specie
sState&species=comgra&year=2009> Common Grackle 	499,616  	
7
<http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=Specie
sState&species=rewbla&year=2009> Red-winged Blackbird 	423,188  	
8
<http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=Specie
sState&species=amegfi&year=2009> American Goldfinch 	421,685  	
9
<http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=Specie
sState&species=daejun&year=2009> Dark-eyed Junco 	285,120  	
10
<http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=Specie
sState&species=pinsis&year=2009> Pine Siskin 	279,469  	
 
In searching the internet, I found one article that said there were
320,000,000 American Robins in NA, but I couldn't find an authoritative list
anywhere.
 
Can anyone help?
 

...Dave Faintich

Olivette, MO
http://david.faintich.com/ 


"The truth of the matter is, the birds could very well live without us, but
many - perhaps all - of us would find life incomplete, indeed almost
intolerable without the birds" ~~ Roger Tory Peterson

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