Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 Christmas Bird Count, Bird-Lore Style

As in previous years, I did my CBC this year the old way: I took a walk and counted the birds I saw.

Here is my 2013 entry, formatted Bird-Lore style:
Needham, Mass.--Dec. 21; 7:45 to 9:45 A.M. Cloudy; snow on ground; wind light; temp.,45°. Canada Goose, 5; Mallard, 12; Hooded Merganser, 6; Common Merganser, 14; Ring-billed Gull, 20; Herring Gull, 5; Great Black-backed Gull, 1; Mourning Dove, 22; Belted Kingfisher, 1; Downy Woodpecker, 8; Blue Jay, 15; American Crow, 4; Common Raven, 2; Black-capped Chickadee, 14; Tufted Titmouse, 5; White-breasted Nuthatch, 1; Carolina Wren, 1; Golden-crowned Kinglet, 6; American Robin, 18; European Starling, 1; American Tree Sparrow, 24; Song Sparrow, 6; White-throated Sparrow, 1; Dark-eyed Junco, 8; Northern Cardinal, 5; Red-winged Blackbird, 40; American Goldfinch, 6. Total, 27 species, 251 individuals.--PETER OEHLKERS.
 Season-appropriate counts of American tree sparrows. There were two big jingly flocks along the way.
Surprisingly big year for downy woodpeckers. And surprisingly small numbers of white-breasted nuthatches.

The bird of the day: common ravens. One glided over the meadow croaking and landed on a utility pole. Later it found a companion down the utility corridor.

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