This year’s bird count took place on Sunday, December 17. It was a bitter cold day, but over 80 participants braved the weather and made it out to the event.
New Count Species: Sandhill Crane and Fox Sparrow
New Count High: Cooper’s Hawk – 12 (Previous was 10) Bald Eagle – 13 (previous was 5) Red-bellied Woodpecker – 16 (previous was 8), Pileated Woodpecker – 28 (previous was 12), Dark-eyed Junco – 739 (previous was 543), Northern Cardinal – 144 (previous was 120. Only present on 2 counts in the 1960s)
Almost High Counts: Merlin – 3 and Peregrine Falcon – 1; both tie previous highs. The total of 466 Blue Jays was 3 short of previous high of 469.
Absent Species: American Kestrel – none were recorded. The last miss was in 2006. They have been on 92% of the previous counts. Also, lack of winter finches — no Common and Hoary Redpolls, and Evening Grosbeaks.
Low Number: Waterfowl and gulls were in lower numbers compared to recent years due to the freezing conditions prior to count day. House Sparrow numbers continue to be low when compared to numbers in the past.
Species Count: The 60 species reported on count day is the 2nd highest, with the high being 62 on the 2014 count. The ten year average is 52 species on count day.
Download the full results – Full Christmas Bird Count Results 2017 (33KB)