bob_noble at rogers.com
Mon Dec 19 21:22:23 EST 2005
Twenty-seven participants and seven feeder watchers took part in the 25th annual Kleinburg Christmas Bird Count on December 18th.It was an overcast day with some light snow, moderate winds and temperatures ranging from -9 to -4 Celsius.
On the day, 51 species and 16,515 individuals were observed. This was a below average number of species (count average - 56) but an above average number of individuals (count average - 14,500). The cold temperatures in December reduced the amount of open water with a corresponding reduction in the number of waterfowl and gull species observed. However this was offset by an above average number of European Starlings, Mourning Doves and Black-capped Chickadees.
Fox Sparrow - first since 1991, 5th for count
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 4th for count
Raven (5) - second for count
Black-capped Chickadee - 1143 (previous high 911)
Dark-eyed Junco - 763 (previous high 492)
Wild turkey - 40 (previous high 12)
Canada Goose - 2540 (average last decade 3277)
Mallard - 54 (aver last decade 1182)
Rign-billed Gull - 401 (average last decade 801)
Weather: Overcast -9 to -4 Celsius
Common Redpoll (observed on 13 previous counts)
Great Blue Heron (observed on 18 previous counts)
Thanks to all of the participants.
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