[Ontbirds] Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count - Preliminary Results

Bernie Ladouceur vbladouceur at rogers.com
Wed Dec 21 13:10:59 EST 2016

The count was held Sunday, December 18. Over 100 observers found 67 species, one of the lower totals over the last two decades. Weather played a role as there was a cold snap a couple of days before the count; and on the day itself there was a mix of  snow, freezing rain,and sleet throughout the morning; and temperatures decreased and wind speed increased, steadily, throughout the day.

No new species was added to the all-time list. Highlights included 2 Harlequin Duck (ties high), Wood Duck, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush, White-crowned Sparrow and Fox Sparrow. 

Record highs included American Robin (1000+; this more than doubles the previous record), Cedar Waxwing (500+), Bufflehead (10), and Northern Flicker (5; ties high).

Bernie Ladouceur, compiler

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