[Ontbirds] Kingston CBC Provisional Results.

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 23 21:14:37 EST 2016


The results are pretty much finalised for the Kingston CBC that was held on
Sunday 18th December 2016. The Christmas circle is centred on the tip of
Garden Island and covers the entire west end of Wolfe Island to the south,
and all of Kingston from the ‘west end’ out to the Howe Island ferry in the
east. It extends north above the 401 to include Little Cataraqui Creek CA
and Kingston Mills.

 

The day started off with extremely hazardous road conditions that delayed
the start for many, particularly on Wolfe Island. Conditions slowly improved
over the day with temperatures rising from -5°C to -1°C. Wind speeds of up
to 30km/h were noted from the NW and all inland water bodies were frozen
after a week of extremely cold temperatures. However, Lake Ontario was still
open allowing several sectors to pick up a variety of waterfowl. With
alternating freezing rain, snow, more freezing rain, snow, rain, then
sunshine, as well as up to 30cm of snow cover, 49 field participants and 11
feeder watchers contributed to a successful day tallying 97 species at days
end. This is still 6 below the 20 year average of 103 but 13 up on last
year’s record low of just 84 species.

 

DETAILS:

Total species – 97 + 2 count week additions (Turkey Vulture and
Yellow-rumped Warbler). Count week species are additional species seen on
the 3 days before or after count day (18th).

Total individuals – 34397 (20 year average 50242)

Participants – 49 in the field, 11 at feeders

 

NEW SPECIES – Eurasian Collared Dove

 

RECORD/EQUAL HIGH (last 20 years)

Harlequin Duck 2 (2)

Ruddy Duck 2 (2)

Double-crested Cormorant 8 (8)

Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 (1)

Barred Owl 4 (3)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 (1)

Peregrine falcon 2 (2)

American Robin 1036 (431)

Northern Mockingbird 1 (1)

Fox Sparrow 4 (2)

Dark-eyed Junco 340 (263)

White-throated Sparrow 23 (18)

American Goldfinch 309 (247)

 

RECORD/EQUAL LOW (last 20 years)

American Black Duck 215 (previous low 345, av. 1218)

Northern Pintail 1 (previous low 1, av. 21)

Red-tailed Hawk 11 (previous low 13, av. 43)

Rock Pigeon 627 (previous low 647, av. 1246)

Swamp Sparrow 2 (previous low 2, av. 12)

Northern Cardinal 32 (previous low 32, av. 54)

 

NOTABLE RECORDS ABOVE AVERAGE (20 years)

Snow Goose 95 (av. 11)

Mute Swan 98 (av. 26). This species has seen a big increase in the last 10
years.

Trumpeter Swan 6 (av. 0.5)

Long-tailed Duck 1320 (av. 540)

Wild Turkey 185 (av. 89)

Snow Bunting 1246 (av. 625)

 

NOTABLE RECORDS BELOW AVERAGE (20 years)

American Wigeon 26 (av. 95)

Mallard 2004 (av. 8395)

Green-winged Teal 2 (av. 12)

Canvasback 2 (av. 7)

Redhead 597 (av. 1416)

Lesser Scaup 16 (av. 389)

White-winged Scoter 2 (av. 11)

Bufflehead 73 (av. 348)

Common Merganser 193 (av. 1744)

Ruffed Grouse 1 (av. 4)

Common Loon 2 (av. 6)

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 (av. 3)

Rough-legged Hawk 5 (av. 22). None seen on Wolfe Island this year – all
records from the mainland.

American Coot 25 (av. 85)

Ring-billed Gull 266 (av. 514)

Herring Gull 107 (av. 363)

Great Black-backed Gull 19 (av. 69)

Great Horned Owl 3 (av. 9)

American Kestrel 4 (av. 11)

Northern Shrike 1 (av. 5)

Golden-crowned Kinglet 13 (av. 34)

Cedar Waxwing 32 (av. 84)

Lapland Longspur 1 (av. 34)

Song Sparrow 8 (av. 25). This species has seen a big decline in the last 10
years.

Brown-headed Cowbird 1 (av. 8)

House finch 46 (av. 238). Declining over the last 20 years.

Purple Finch 3 (av. 9)

Common Redpoll 1 (av. 197)

House Sparrow 163 (av. 664). Declining over the last 20 years.

 

NOTABLE MISSES

Black Scoter (previous low 0 (just once in last 20 years), av. 3)

Northern Harrier (previous low 1, av. 19)

Bonaparte’s Gull (previous low 0 (just once in last 20 years), av. 49)

 

OTHER NOTABLES

Pied-billed Grebe – 5th record (last 20 years)

Savannah Sparrow – 8th record (last 20 years)

 

FULL TALLY

A full checklist will soon be available on the CBC website:
http://netapp.audubon.org/CBCObservation/CurrentYear/ResultsByCount.aspx.
Please enter ONKG as the Count Code, Ontario as the State/Province and
Canada as the country.

 

AND FINALLY, a big thank you to all the section leaders, participants,
landowners and others who made the count so enjoyable. David Okines – I
stole your format as it suits my style


 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0

Canada

 

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