SFBC sponsors two CBC's..          Sioux Falls and Canton

Christmas Bird Count season starts soon. The Sioux Falls CBC will be Saturday, December 16, 2017 meeting at the Outdoor campus at 7:30 am. The Canton CBC is Saturday December 30, 2017 meeting at the service station where one turns south on US Hwy 18 to go to Newton Hills SP at 7:30 am. Contact Chris Anderson at:

                                          to let him know if you are planning on participating in either CBC.

Info on what they CBC is can be found at: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count


The first CBC in Sioux Falls was held in 1905 with the following results:

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6 Prairie Chickens9 BC Chickadees75 Tree Sparrows

2014 Canton CBC

The Canton Christmas Bird Count took place Saturday, Jan. 3rd. Seven individuals participated and broke into 4 groups. There was some owling done as well. Canton would have had more species than SF bird count except there were no waterfowl or kingfishers on the count. A total of 41 species ware observed and a total of 2494 birds observed. The Canton CBC is in both Iowa and SD, with the larger portion in SD. In South Dakota 37 species were observed with a total of 1073 individuals. Iowa had 33 species observed and 1421 individuals. Owling was productive with 5 species. Species of highlight include N.Goshawk, Barred Owl, N. Saw-whet owl and Chipping Sparrow. House Sparrows were most numerous followed by Horned Larks. 

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Eurasian Collared Dove in Canton

2014 Sioux Falls CBC


The Sioux Falls CBC took place on December 20.. Thirteen people participated and one feeder counter. There was 44 species on today's count and 1 each CW. A total of 9022 individual birds observed today. The weather had impacted the count today with cloudiness and haze. Species of note today include common Goldeneye. Brown creeper, Harris’s sparrow, Barred owl, Cackling goose, Pileated woodpecker and Varied thrush. With Sioux Falls evermore changing into an urban count, one can see the impacts of habitat losses and non-native species are replacing native species. Rock pigeon replaced Canada Goose as the most abundant species. Rock Pigeon, European (common) Starling, house sparrows accounted for over half the individual birds seen on the count, with the addition of Eurasian-collared doves starting to move in.


Results from the Sioux Falls CBC for 2013

The Sioux Falls CBC was held Saturday December 14, 2013. there were 15 participant with 48 species observed with a total of 16410 individuals, Plus one CW bird fox sparrow. Notable high counts were Blue jay, Am robin, Dark-eyed hunch, Red-bellied woodpecker, Eurasian -collared Dove,rock pigeon and Rough-legged hawk. Thanks to all who participated. Todd

The first Canton CBC was held in 1914

Results for the Canton/Inwood CBC fir 2013

Here are the species results from the Canton CBC. Thanks for those helping with the Canton CBC.

Todd Jensen 

 16 people participated on the count . Iowa had 38 species and 2741 individual birds. South Dakota had 47 species and 2616 individual birds. There was a grand total of 53 species and a total of 5,357 individual birds.  >  

> Species on the count were:
> Canada Goose
> Wood duck
> mallard 
> ring-necked pheasant
> wild turkey
> bald eagle
> northern harrier
> sharp-shinned hawk
> northern goshawk
> red-tailed hawk 
> Harlan's hawk
> rough-legged hawk
> Wilson's snipe
> rock pigeon
> Eurasian-collared dove
> mourning dove
> eastern screech-owl
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