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Results from data collected 2010 - 2014.

CBCM has recovered over 170 species of birds in an approximately one mile square area of downtown Chicago. The table below represents the most common found birds over a 5 year period.

Most Common Species Recovered:

Name20102011201220132014

Total

White-throated Sparrow12117026721119687

4391

Brown Creeper679484406519344

2432

Ovenbird310503414343475

2045

Hermit Thrush321250234374279

1458

Dark-eyed Junco291232262300296

1381

Tennessee Warbler104224287249446

1310

Swainsons Thrush158206196159260

979

Nashville Warbler179233155158173

898

American Woodcock165148151181159

804

Golden-crowned Kinglet271739413484

656

When birds are found:

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The above chart represents when birds are recovered. Shown is the weekly count (5 years). The spring migration occurs in the period of weeks 9 - 23 and fall migration weeks 33 - 46. We see a higher number (almost 3 times) during fall because the young birds are returning along with the parents to their wintering locations in the south. Many of these young birds never make it and as a result will not return north to propagate the spices.

By type (result of collision):

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Approximately 6,000 birds are recovered each year, sadly two-thirds (average) of the recorded collisions are fatal. Since CBCM operations are at ground level we can speculate this number is actually higher because there are many areas that monitors cannot access (overhangs, open-air courtyards, roof tops, etc), and many birds have been scavenged by predators before monitors can get to them.

By species/type:

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The result of the collision vary, the above chart represents the most common species and the recorded results.






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