The Woodstock Christmas Bird Count has been held in mid- to late December
every year since 1934. The 88th annual Woodstock Christmas Bird Count was
held on December 26th, 2021. Despite covid, we managed to assemble 28 field
observers and 2 feeder watchers who together reported 50,382 birds of 67
species (plus 2 count week species; above the average of 62 species seen
per year in the past 32 years).
Five high counts were recorded: Tundra Swan (20, previous high count 7),
Lesser Black-backed Gull (2, previous high 1), Northern Saw-whet Owl (2,
previous high 1), Pileated Woodpecker (9, previous high 6) and
White-throated Sparrow (38, previous high 28)).
The weather on count day was excellent for birding with low winds and no
precipitation. The count week Eastern Phoebe found by Scott Gillingwater
was our rarest bird and new for the count. Birds recorded on 12 or fewer
counts included: Tundra Swan (4th count), Green-winged Teal (11th count,
lingering group of 4 birds), Sandhill Crane (9th count, now annual),
Iceland Gull (eighth count), Lesser Black-backed Gull (fifth count),
Glaucous Gull (sixth count), Snowy Owl (count week, seen on 3 previous
counts), Northern Saw-whet Owl (third count), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
(fifth count), Common Raven (third count), Carolina Wren (tenth count),
Common Yellowthroat (third count), Yellow-rumped Warbler (fifth count),
Chipping Sparrow (fifth count), Rusty Blackbird (eighth count). Data for
all counts are posted for download on the Woodstock Field Naturalists'
133 species have been recorded on count day (137 count week) since the
inception of the count.
Jeff Skevington, Research Scientist
Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
960 Carling Avenue, K.W. Neatby Building
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0C6, Canada