[Ontbirds] 50th Minden CBC, Saturday, December 17

Dennis Barry dbarry at interlinks.net
Fri Dec 23 12:24:47 EST 2016

The Minden circle is located on the southwest corner of Haliburton County on
the extreme south edge of the Canadian Shield.  When I started the count in
1967, there were two participants and no feeder watchers.  This year there
were 24 field observers and about 25 feeder watchers.

Deep snow deposited from streamers off Georgian Bay combined with very cold
temperatures in the days leading up to the count, resulted in a reduction in
gull and waterfowl numbers.  Gull Lake was mainly open in deeper sections of
the lake, so some waterfowl did remain there.  The Gull River flowing though
Minden into Gull Lake remains open due to a power dam just north of town.

Species total for this year stands at 44, which is about average for recent
counts.  There were no new species for the count, leaving the 50-year total
at 105 species.

Highlights included 83 Bohemian Waxwings, 2nd highest ever, feeding on
winterberry and highbush cranberry and a Horned Grebe on Gull Lake.

Unusual was the fact that one of the three kingfishers on Gull river was a
female, found along part of the river with sandy banks where they nest in

The most abundant finch was American Goldfinch with more than 1100.  Evening
Grosbeaks numbers were down from last year with some feeders having small
flocks and others none.  There was a single flock of 30 Pine Grosbeaks, and
a total of 12 Pine Siskins reported from two feeders.  No crossbills,
redpolls or Purple Finches were found.

Numbers for Ruffed Grouse (2) and Golden-crowned Kinglet (1) were unusually



Dennis Barry,  338 Crystal Beach Blvd.  Whitby, Ontario  L1N 9Z7

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