[Ontbirds] North Bay CBC
lori.anderson58 at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 20 19:14:40 EST 2015
North Bay conducted its 37th Christmas Bird Count on Saturday December 19th. Strong winds severely hampered attempts to spot birds on the open waters of Lake Nipissing. Temperature count day averaged -5 C. The sun shone briefly and occasional snow squalls were also brief. Hiking was pleasant only in sheltered areas.
Total species tallied was slightly above average at 37, but individuals counted, slightly low, at 2755. There were 15 Field Observers who covered 600 kms by car, on foot and on bicycle. 10 others watched feeders and were responsible for upping the species number by 5.
One feeder attracted a Red Bellied Woodpecker - a very unusual species for this region at any time of year - rarely ever making the CBC.
One record was equalled - that for high count on Bald Eagle, at 6.
No records were broken and no new species observed.
Finches, Gulls and Waterfowl were well represented. Some good sightings include Hooded Merganser, Common Loon, Glaucous Gull, Great Black-Backed Gull, and Gray Jay.
Raptors and Owls were not on the list!
After a cool windy day's work, field watchers gathered at the warm home of Marc Buchanan (Area Leader) for delicious Potluck and an exciting tally with all the day's tales told. Thank-you Marc and Irene!
Thank-you all who participated and made the 37th count a reality, Compiler, Lori Anderson
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