[Ontbirds]Christmas Bird Count - Sault Ste. Marie - NEW RECORDS

McIlwrick, Ken kmcilwri at NRCan.gc.ca
Mon Dec 19 15:24:13 EST 2005


Hello Ontbirders,

The 51st Annual Sault Ste. Marie Ontario/Michigan Christmas Bird Count was
held, Saturday December 17, 2005.

Temperatures hovered around -4C
Skies were overcast all day
Light fluries were periodic
A slight breeze steadily increased, as the day progressed, into steady winds

Preliminary results are reported below:

A record number of participants (80 - 60 on routes and 20 at feeders)
contributed to a record high species total of 57 (previous was 55 in 2002).
When initial count week species are added, that number rises to 64 and this
will likely increase by the end of Tueseday.
Individual birds counted (9123) was about average in recent years. 

HIGHLIGHTS (subject to review):

* 1 Nelson's Gull (Glaucous X Herring) - 1st record for SSM CBC - SSM
Landfill(notes and photographs were taken)

* 1 Thayer's Gull - 1st record for SSM CBC - SSM Landfill(notes and
photographs were taken)

* 2 Short-eared Owl - 1st record for SSM CBC - 1 on Whitefish Island, SSM,
Ontario and 1 just north of Rosedale Michigan

* 1 Ringed-necked Pheasant - 1st record for SSM CBC - 1 in rural lands south
of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

FIVE MOST ABUNDANT SPECIES:
European Starling - 2709
Black-capped Chickadee - 1395
Rock Pigeon - 870
Mallard - 825
American Goldfinch - 624

RECORD HIGHS:
Black-capped Chickadee - 1395 (previously 868 in 1995)
American Crow - 573(previously 214 in 1996)
Pileated Woodpecker - 26 (previously 19 in 1994)
Bald Eagle - 19 (previously 17 in 2002 and 2003)
Tundra Swan - 13 (previously 10 in 2004)

WORTHY of MENTION:
European Starling - 2709 (2nd highest # recorded)
American Goldfinch - 624 (2nd highest # recorded)
Common Goldeneye - 153 (2nd highest # recorded)
White-breasted Nuthatch - 61 (2nd highest # recorded)
Downy Woodpecker - 45 (2nd highest # recorded)
Northern Shrike - 8 (2nd highest # recorded)
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4 (2nd highest # recorded)
Red-tailed Hawk - 3 (2nd highest # recorded)
Pine Grosbeak - 280 (3rd highest # recorded)
Mourning Dove - 168 (3rd highest # recorded)

MISSED SPECIES
Gyrfalcon - 0
Snowy Owl - 0 - 1 during count week so far
Harlequin Duck - 0 - 4 during count week so far
Iceland Gull - 0
Hoary Redpoll - 0
White-winged Crossbill - 0
Boreal Chickadee - 0
House Sparrow - 0 - 8 during count week so far


I would like to thank all who participated in the count.  

May everyone have a safe, relaxing and bird-filled Holiday Season!

Ken McIlwrick
Sault Naturalists of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Michigan




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