On January 4th, 31 field observers and 4 feeder watchers went out around
the Southampton area to participate in the annual Saugeen Shores Christmas
Bird Count. It was a dreary sort of day, rainy and foggy throughout with
temperatures ranging from 1C to 5C. Some inland water was frozen, however
the majority of Lake Huron remained open for count day.
Despite this, birders still managed to see 53 species. This is exactly
average compared to the historical average of 53, but considerably below
the all time high of 66.
An ALL TIME HIGH was recorded for total individual birds, with a whopping
18,427. This is over 6,000 higher than the previous high count.
The highlight species of the 2022 count were Tufted Titmouse (2nd count
record), Cackling Goose (3rd count record), Northern Flicker (4th count
record) White-throated Sparrow (3rd count record)
All time high counts were recorded for the following species:
Cackling Goose (5, previous 2)
Greater Scaup (51, previous 40)
Snow Bunting (10,152!!, previous 4,090)
Bohemian Waxwing (237, previous 154)
Low counts were noted for numerous waterfowl and Ruffed Grouse (1), also
raptor numbers in general were quite low this season. This trend has been
seen all across Bruce County, and is likely to do a crash in rodent
The poor weather conditions on count day can likely be blamed for making us
miss Golden-crowned Kinglet and Brown Creeper completely, something that
hasn’t happened in a number of years. It was also a very poor day for
finches, Pine Grosbeak and Evening Grosbeak were missed completely, and
only 1 Purple Finch and 1 Common Redpoll were recorded.
3 Count week birds were recorded, Common Grackle, Belted Kingfisher and
Thanks to all the participants!