Saturday, January 8, 2011

Christmas Bird Count 2010-11

A couple weeks ago, Dave Silverman (the leader for 23 years now) brought together just seven other folks for the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). In the single day, we counted a total of 52 species and added two firsts: a late Wood Thrush and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

I know everybody is different, but it sort of galls me that at a CBC not far from my brother's home, FIFTY (50) people counted more than twice as many birds as our eight saw...and he's not particularly interested! It's times like this (only) that I wish I lived back in California. LOL

Wonder how many birds were counted in your area? Go to THIS website, choose your state and click the blue "Find Count" button and check the list that appears for a count near you. Then, click 'Make a Table' to see what and how many species were seen. It's way cool.

I'm betting my friend Polly Wren feels as bad not getting her Pinyon Jays in the count as I do not getting my Rosy-finches; it snowed the following Sunday and about 100 or so showed up...nearly a month late!

Species Number Seen Notes

Canada Goose 65
Mallard 14
Common Merganser 1
Bald Eagle 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 14
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Golden Eagle 1
Rock Pigeon 50
Eurasian Collared-Dove 55
White-winged Dove 2 High Count
Great Horned Owl 1
Lewis's Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker 17
Northern Shrike 3
Steller's Jay 22
Blue Jay 13
Western Scrub-Jay 23
Pinyon Jay 0 50 seen one
day during
Count Week
Black-billed Magpie 99
American Crow 62
Common Raven 48
Horned Lark 1
Black-capped Chickadee 28
Mountain Chickadee 77
Bushtit 22
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 18
Pygmy Nuthatch 15
Brown Creeper 1
American Dipper 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Mountain Bluebird 6
Townsend's Solitaire 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 3
European Starling 183 High Count
Spotted Towhee 9 High Count
Song Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 2
Harris's Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 123
Dark-eyed (Gray-headed) Junco 21
Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco 15
Dark-eyed (Pink-sided) Junco 16
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 12
Dark-eyed (White-winged) Junco 2
Red-winged Blackbird 52
Brown-headed Cowbird 2 High Count
Cassin's Finch 9
House Finch 50
Pine Siskin 74
American Goldfinch 26
Evening Grosbeak 128 High Count
House Sparrow 61

Weather & Effort

Count Date: Dec 26, 2010
Participants: 8
Species Reported: 52
Low Temperature: 34〫
High Temperature: 45〫
AM Weather: Clear

Rain: None

Snow: None
PM Weather: Clear

Rain: None

Snow: None

Sponsor: Arkansas Valley Audubon Society
Compiler: Dave Silverman

Participants: David Silverman David Moore

Donna Emmons Tom Doerk

Beverly Jensen Leon Bright

Paul and Polly Wren Neldner

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