"For the Birds" Index

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For The Birds (Christmas Edition)

Intro

December 15, 2002 - For the Birds originally appeared as a series of posts on the Cape Ann Online message board. It was aimed at the audience who sees birds in their day to day life and is curious about them rather than the hardcore or even intermediate bird watcher.

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What’s Happening

December brings the Cape Ann Christmas Bird Count which was held today, Sunday the 15th. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) began in the year 1900. It is the oldest continuous wildlife census in the world. People from all over the country participate in this event sponsored by the Nation Audubon Society. The object of the game is to count EVERY bird within a 15 mile diameter circle on the same day every year. Our local circle is centered on Mt Ann. See www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/ for more info.

Today we enjoyed great weather with temps in the lower forties. The wind was a factor especially for those walking beaches. The counters found 102 species including several new highs for individual species and few new lows. The data from one year proves nothing. Weather fronts are the main cause of variation from year to year. We can tell from data collected over decades whether a certain species is in decline or not in our area.

So without further ado, all the birds we found on Cape Ann today in unofficial numbers:

Red-throated Loon = 43 new high

Common Loon=149 new high

Horned Grebe = 49

Red-necked Grebe = 34 new high

Sooty Shearwater = 1

Northern Gannet = 73

Double-crested Cormorant = 7

Great Cormorant =210

Great Blue Heron = 2

Black-crowned Night-Heron=2

Turkey Vulture = 2

Snow Goose =1

Canada Goose = 562 lowest since 1983

Brant =11

Mute Swan = 31 new high

Gadwall = 8

American Black Duck = 303 lowest since 1930

Mallard = 883

Green-winged Teal = 5

Greater Scaup = 17

Lesser Scaup =2

Common Eider =1727

Harlequin Duck =140 new high

Surf Scoter = 41

White-winged Scoter = 264

Black Scoter = 66

Long-tailed Duck = 56

Bufflehead = 409

Common Goldeneye =211

Barrow’s Goldeneye =1

Hooded Merganser = 5

Common Merganser = 12

Red-breasted Merganser = 755

Ruddy Duck = 1

Northern Harrier = 3

Sharp-shinned Hawk =9

Cooper’s Hawk = 5

Red-tailed Hawk = 44 new high

Rough-legged Hawk =1

American Kestrel = 2

Merlin = 3

Peregrine Flacon = 2

Ring-necked Pheasant = 1

Wild Turkey = 16

Sanderling = 8

Purple Sandpiper = 58

Dunlin = 211 new high

Bonaparte’s Gull = 214

Ring-billed Gull = 363

Herring Gull = 4,023 most common native bird

Iceland Gull = 7

Lesser Black-backed Gull = 1

Great Black-backed Gull = 3,464

Black-legged Kittiwakes = 124

Dovekie possible 21

Common Murre = 21 new high

Thick-billed Murre = 3 new high

Razorbill =1561 new high

Black Guillemot = 48 new high

Rock Dove (pigeon) = 761

Mourning Dove = 248

Eastern Screech-owl = 4

Great Horned Owl =7

Barred Owl = 1

Long-eared Owl = 1

Belted Kingfisher = 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker = 5

Downy Woodpecker =52

Hairy Woodpecker = 4

Northern Flicker = 60

Pileated Woodpecker = 2

Blue Jay = 261

American Crow = 765

Horned Lark = 74

Black-capped Chickadee = 591

Tufted Titmouse =183

White-breasted Nuthatch = 90

Brown Creeper = 5

Carolina Wren = 39 new high

Golden-crowned Kinglet = 35

Eastern Bluebird = 8

Hermit Thrush = 5

American Robin = 358

Northern Mockingbird = 67

European Starling = 7,011 most common bird

Cedar Waxwing = 29

Yellow-rumped Warbler = 120

Yellow-breasted Chat = 1

Eastern Towhee = 1

American Tree Sparrow = 95

Savannah Sparrow = 1

Song Sparrow =68

Swamp Sparrow = 2

White-throated Sparrow = 97

Dark-eyed Junco = 239

Snow Bunting =13

Northern Cardinal =127

Red-winged Blackbird = 1

Common Grackle = 4

House Finch = 114

American Goldfinch = 198

House Sparrow =1,392 new high

 

Common Eider

Common Eider

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

 

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The local bird club

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