Global Big Day Report from L&A

Hairy Woodpecker. by Kurt Hennige

Global Big Day Report from L&A                     

May 9, 2020

The Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council decided to promote the Global Big Day bird count to increase participation from local backyard birders and feeder watchers by using the eBird program. We wanted to help eBird achieve their goal of 100,000 bird checklists in one day.

There is also a need to increase bird records from Tamworth area and the ecologically rich northern part of Lennox & Addington County, since the Kingston Field Naturalist count circle stops just south of Tamworth and KFN birders rarely wander outside their KFN count circle area.


Results from the eBird stats:

A total of 102 bird checklists were submitted to eBird for L&A County by 36 observers, and 118 species were tallied. This is a significant increase from the 73 checklists by 13 observers and 114 species submitted last year.

We increased the number of observers in L&A County from last year by almost threefold.  

By comparison, the First Global Big Day on May 9, 2015 for L&A County shows that only 4 observers submitted 8 checklists and tallied 59 species.

For this event, eBird achieved their goal: they received 110,000 checklists, and the numbers are still increasing. Our 102 checklists (from L&A) or 0.1% of the total number is impressive.

To see all results from eBird:

Go to  and select Explore. In the ‘Explore Regions’ box – enter Lennox & Addington (or whatever area you wish to see). The checklist page will come up. In the (Years) box at top left – select Global Big Day May 9, 2020 to see all the checklists from that day.

Click on Overview and then hit High Counts. This will show the highest number for each of the 118 species seen during the count. If you click on Show All Details, you will see the photos and general locations attached to the checklists.

For all of Ontario, eBird received 4,010 checklists, and participants observed 240 species.

Chipping Sparrow by Kurt Hennige

Reports by email:

In addition to our eBird promotion, we received another 11 reports from L&A participants via email. Clearly these are people who are interested in bird counts, but unable to use eBird. The Stewardship Council will consider a future workshop to teach people how to participate in the eBird program.

Common backyard birds seen were: Mourning Doves, American Robins, Black-capped Chickadees, European Starlings, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

The Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council is celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who participated in the Global Big Day event and hope you thoroughly enjoyed your experience. Please let us know any comments or questions you have about the event. We encourage everyone in all parts of our region to spend some of your “pause time” learning more about the world of birds.  Appreciating nature generates caring for nature.

Baltimore Oriole male by Kurt Hennige