[Ontbirds]Lanark Highlands CBC
michael.jaques at sympatico.ca
Mon Jan 2 08:53:09 EST 2006
The following is from Cliff Bennett, compiler of the Lanark Highlands CBC,
which is centred on the village of Watson's Corners, NW of Lanark Village in
The 3rd Annual Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count took place on Friday,
Dec. 30. The weather was mild, with partly sunny skies and little or no
winds. However, the back country roads were very icy and getting out to walk
was downright treacherous. The count yielded a lower tally than last year,
probably much to do with the icy walking conditions.
Twenty-five counters took to the field and recorded 36 different species ,
one more than last year’s record. However, the total number of individual
birds was over 400 fewer than last year. The real success story though, was
the count from eleven different feeder observers spread around the circles.
They listed 719 birds, up about 350 from last year’s count.
Three new species for the count were recorded; a goshawk, two Canada geese
and a red-breasted merganser. One species conspicuous by its absence was the
great gray owl and significantly lower scores than last year were listed for
ruffed grouse, hairy woodpecker, blue jays, crows, chickadees,
white-breasted nuthatches, Bohemian waxwings and pine grosbeaks.
New records were set for wild turkeys (100), rock pigeons, red-breasted
nuthatches, juncoes, pine siskins, American goldfinch and house sparrows.
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