62nd Peterborough Christmas Bird Count
by Tony Bigg
Results for 2013
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Christmas Bird Counts are run annually between December 14th and January 3rd. The area is within a circle of 15 miles diameter. The count area here is centered at the junction of Chemong Rd and Sunset Blvd. The count was started by the American Audubon Society 112 years ago and now covers many countries within North and South America, and Asia. Within Canada we report results to Bird Studies Canada.
The count was held on Sunday, December 15, 2013. The weather was mostly cloudy with some brief periods of sun late in the day. The temperature varied between -15 and -10 deg. C. Thirty five participants took part. A total of 51 species (10 year average 54) and 10,179 individuals (10 year average 10413) were counted. We had a record number of individuals of several birds. Of particular interest was the first record of a Red-necked Grebe (previously count period only), and the sightings of a Snowy Owl and a Short-eared Owl. Also notable was the count of only 39 House Sparrows, by far the lowest number ever recorded on the count.
Record highs and ties (old record):
- Red-necked Grebe 1 (0)
- Long-tailed Duck 3 (1)
- Bald Eagle 3 (1)
- Cooper’s Hawk 10 (6)
- Snowy Owl 1 (1)
- Short-eared Owl 1 (1)
- Belted Kingfisher 3 (1)
- Red-bellied Woodpecker 8 (7)
- Pileated Woodpecker 14 (14)
- Common Raven 10 (5)
- Dark-eyed Junco 370 (309)
- Red-winged Blackbird 453(5426)
Other birds seen were:
Canada Goose 314, Mallard 826, Lesser Scaup (CP), Common Goldeneye 211, Bufflehead 1, Hooded Merganser 3, Common Merganser 7, Sharp-shinned Hawk (CP), Red-tailed Hawk 32, American Kestrel 1, Merlin 2, Ruffed Grouse 3, Wild Turkey 147, Ring-billed Gull 13, Herring Gull 9, Glaucous Gull (CP), Rock Pigeon 1141, Mourning Dove 858, Eastern Screech Owl 2, Great Horned Owl 6, Downy Woodpecker 68, Hairy Woodpecker 61, Northern Flicker 3, Northern Shrike 7, Blue Jay 281, American Crow 568, Black-backed Chickadee 1500, Red-breasted Nuthatch 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 55, Brown Creeper 8, Golden-crowned Kinglet 8, American Robin 222, Cedar Waxwing 258, European Starling 729, Northern Cardinal 83, American Tree Sparrow 413, Song Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 3, Snow Bunting 1392, Red-winged Blackbird 1, House Finch 61, Pine Siskin 151, American Goldfinch 327, House Sparrow 39.