Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bird-Lore-style Christmas Bird Count 2012

As I've done for the past few years, I took a walk (Cutler this time), counted some birds, and formatted the count in the way Bird-Lore used to do it.

Needham, Mass.--Dec 16; 7:30 to 9:00 A.M. Cloudy; ground bare; temp., 30°. Canada Goose, 76; Mallard,14; Great Blue Heron, 3; Ring-billed Gull,1; Rock Pigeon, 2; Mourning Dove, 7; Downy Woodpecker, 3; Blue Jay, 7; American Crow, 1; Black-capped Chickadee, 15; Tufted Titmouse, 3; White-breasted Nuthatch, 1; Carolina Wren, 3; Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2; American Robin, 11; American Tree Sparrow, 12; Song Sparrow, 2; Dark-eyed Junco, 1; American Goldfinch, 7. Total, 19 species, 161 individuals. 

Of particular interest this year: Great Blue Herons, no White-Throated Sparrows. Did not count a flock of eight twittering birds in tight flight formation, probably snow buntings but too far to tell. 

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