[Ontbirds] Toronto CBC DEcember 16, 2012

Hugh Currie currie_hugh at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 16 21:48:13 EST 2012

The Toronto Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 making it the oldest in Canada.

Despite the frequent rain showers, we tallied 98 species which was a new record high by 4.

Firsts for the all time count were Indigo Bunting at Rennie Park, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Sunnyside, and two Nashville Warblers just north of Cherry St and Lakeshore.
Eleven new records were established apart from the 3 new species. These were Pied-billed Grebe 2 (previous 1), Black-crowned Night-Heron 20 (prev 8) Hooded Merganser 152, Bonaparte's Gull 16 (prev 7), Black-capped Chickadee 1313, Red-breasted Nuthatch 15 (prev 57), Winter Wren 19 (prev 12), Mockingbird 31 (prev 14), and Cardinal 443 (prev 397).

Many thank to Victoria and John Carley who hosted a marvelous roundup, that was hugely enjoyed by all. 

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