Rock Cut CBC

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Rock Cut CBC this year. We managed to have a rather cold day for it and several counters were having difficulty in finding birds. However we did manage to find 57 species on count day and 5 count week species. which beat the previous high of 48.

We had 13 field counters and 5 feeder watchers, which is a few more counters then usual, which made it so teams could be assigned to areas that don’t generally get counted. We beat several records, but we also had several notable no shows, including Gulls, Belted Kingfisher, and Eurasian Collared-Dove. Waterfowl in general were low (very little open water), as were hawks. One area we did particularly well in was owls, this count usually gets 1-2 species with 2-3 individuals, we got 4 species and 11 individuals.

Here is the list, species marked with an * would be new high count species. Species marked with ** are first time sightings on this count. Count week birds are cw.

cw Greater White-fronted Goose
43 Cackling Goose*
3231 Canada Goose
1 Gadwall
4 American Black Duck
108 Mallard
1 Lesser Scaup
3 Common Goldeneye
54 Wild Turkey
1 Great Blue Heron**
1 Bald Eagle
cw Northern Harrier
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
3 Cooper’s Hawk
14 Red-tailed Hawk
cw American Coot
1 Wilson’s Snipe**
106 Rock Pigeon
59 Mourning Dove
3 Eastern Screech Owl**
3 Great Horned Owl*
2 Barred Owl
1 Northern Saw-whet Owl**
3 Red-headed Woodpecker**
49 Red-bellied Woodpecker*
52 Downy Woodpecker*
6 Hairy Woodpecker
5 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
2 American Kestrel
1 Merlin**
1 Northern Shrike**
76 Blue Jay*
65 American Crow
36 Horned Lark*
104 Black-capped Chickadee
8 Tufted Titmouse*
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
42 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
cw Golden-crowned Kinglet
16 Eastern Bluebird
16 American Robin
278 European Starling
63 Cedar Waxwing
cw Lapland Longspur
184 American Tree Sparrow*
3 Fox Sparrow*
379 Dark-eyed Junco*
2 White-crowned Sparrow**
23 White-throated Sparrow**
2 Song Sparrow
10 Swamp Sparrow*
105 Northern Cardinal*
10 Common Grackle
43 House Finch
8 Purple Finch**
38 Pine Siskins**
110 American Goldfinch*
431 House Sparrow*

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