[Ontbirds] Peel-Halton Counties CBC results - Saturday, December 17th

Mark Chojnacki markc at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Dec 19 23:45:39 EST 2005


Here are the preliminary results for the 43rd annual Peel-Halton 
Counties Christmas Bird Count held on Saturday, December 17th in 
Mississauga, Oakville and southeast Milton.

Total species: 76 - highest since 1995, average is about 72
Total individuals: 28,115 - lowest since 2000

This year was outstanding for unusual species on the count:

PEREGRINE FALCON - new species for count day (count week sighting in 
2002) - two birds seen - one bird at Mississauga Executive Centre (Don 
Perks, John Lamey, Mark Cranford) and a different bird chasing an adult 
Bald Eagle on the southeast Oakville waterfront (Jim Watt, John Bennett)!

TURKEY VULTURE - second ever for the count (prior record was in 2001), a 
single bird flying south toward Lake Ontario in Oakville at Post Park in 
vicinity of Chartwell and McDonald (Jim Coey, Terry Osborne, Audrey Oswald).

SAVANNAH SPARROW - third record (first since 1970), two birds in 
vicinity of 8th Line and Britannia in southeast Milton (Mike Boyd, Jon 
Plezier, Richard Ascher).

PINE WARBLER - fourth record, a male at Shell Park in Bronte (southwest 
Oakville) - relocated on count day by Gavin Edmondstone.

TRUMPETER SWAN - fourth record, two birds in Port Credit area.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR - fifth record, first since 1986, found by Bill 
McIlveen in southeast Milton (east of Third Line).

GRAY CATBIRD - sixth record, first since 1998, in Lorne Park area of 
southwest Mississauga (Mark Cranford, Don Perks, John Lamey).

BALD EAGLE - sixth record - it appears that the same adult bird 
mentioned above was seen by several groups.

NORTHERN GOSHAWK - 8th count day record (also seen in count week last 
year), observed by Don Perks and John Lamey in Port Credit as it tried 
to kill and fly off with a Mallard. Mark Cranford saw it a few minutes 
later without its prize.

RED CROSSBILL - 9th record, first since 1984, 3 male birds on Edgeware 
Road in southeast Oakville observed by Alan Telfer and Carol Wardle.

EASTERN TOWHEE - first record since 1994, observed by Luke Fazio in 
Rattray Marsh area.

Record high counts:

Common Merganser - 388, previous high was 169 in 1999
Red-breasted Merganser - 345, previous high was 259 in 2001
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 12 vs. 11 last year
Cooper's Hawk - 13 vs. 7 in 2002
Northern Cardinal - 272 vs. 221 in 1973
Savannah Sparrow - 2 vs. prior records of 1 in 1969 and 1970

Low counts:

American Black Duck - 124 - lowest since 108 in 1997
Common Goldeneye - 293 - lowest since 251 in 1990
Bufflehead - 372 - lowest since 286 in 1995
Herring Gull - 54 - new record low, prior low was 59 in 2002
Cedar Waxwing - 4 - lowest since 3 in 1998

Other notable numbers (especially with regard to West Nile Virus):

Blue Jay - 84 - still lower than average but increasing, highest number 
since 85 in 2001
American Crow - 120 - also still low but increasing, highest total since 
  2001
Black-capped Chickadee - 800 - recovered and then some, 3rd highest 
total ever, highest since 1977

Notable misses:

Great Horned Owl - missed on count day and so far still missing for 
count week, last year was the first ever count day miss but it was found 
during count week
Northern Flicker - seen on 35 of 42 prior counts
Swamp Sparrow - 31 out of 42 counts, plus 1 count week sighting
Snow Bunting - 25 out of 42, plus 1 count week
Common Grackle - 24 out of 42
Brown-headed Cowbird - 24 out of 42

If any of the above misses are noted for the count week period of 
December 14th through December 20th (inclusive), please let me know!

Mark
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Mark Chojnacki, markc at alumni.uwaterloo.ca, Mississauga, Ontario


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