On Saturday, December 18, 2021 the Wye Marsh Christmas Bird Count count was
held in our area. The Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalist Club
organises the count with 36 volunteers divided up into 17 areas.
Wyebridge is the centre of our 15 mile radius count circle. This area
encompasses the Wye Marsh and Tiny Marsh.
The day was overcast in the morning with snow beginning just before lunch
and continuing throughout the afternoon. Temperature was between -5C and
-2C. The wind
was light to moderate with Georgian Bay open.
The day was successful with 61 different species seen with a total count of
4,601 individual birds. The most individual birds counted since 2012.and a
tie for the record of our highest number of species. (also from 2012)
We had several new high counts for various species this year:
120 Trumpeter Swan - prev. high 92, 2004; 25 American Black Duck - prev.
high 19, 2015; 17 Ring-necked Duck - prev. high 11, 2012; 25 Long-tailed
Duck - prev. high 4, 2014;
88 Hooded Merganser - prev. high 69, 2011; 679 Rock Pigeons - prev. high
672, 2019; 10 Red-bellied Woodpecker - prev. high 9, 2016
1 species tied its previous high count: 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - prev.
high 1, 2008, 2017
And 1 new species, never seen on our local Xmas Bird Count before, was
added to our count list: 1 Northern Flicker
Both the Flicker and the Sapsucker have been visiting the same suet feeders
We were not able to have our wrap up pot luck this year (we zoomed instead)
but may do something in June to continue our annual support for the
McKeever Owl Foundation in Vineland. Fundraising for this worthy
organisation is traditionally a part of our Christmas Bird Count Wrap
Thanks again to all who took part. Mark your calendars for next year
Saturday December 17, 2022.
Dave Schandlen, Christmas Bird Count Coordinator
Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalist Club