[Ontbirds] Peel-Halton Counties CBC results - Saturday, December 17th
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
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
Black-capped Chickadee - 800 - recovered and then some, 3rd highest
total ever, highest since 1977
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 Chojnacki, markc at alumni.uwaterloo.ca, Mississauga, Ontario
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