Winter bird count adds a new species
On Saturday, January 13, eleven hardy birders braved the frigid temperatures and windy conditions (it was -17 C when we started without adding in the wind chill) to conduct the 36th annual Arboretum Winter Bird Count.
The presence of this male Sharp-shinned Hawk seemed to keep the birds away from one of our feeder stops. Photo by Ian MacDonald.
It appears that we weren't the only ones that thought it was chilly as the number of species seen was lowest recorded since 1988! But we did find one new species for the count: a Winter Wren showed itself while we were looking at some fresh Ruffed Grouse tracks. Here is the list of what we saw:
Ruffed Grouse - fresh tracks
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Gull (species not determined) 1
Mourning Dove 9
Downy Woodpecker 6
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 52
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Winter Wren 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Dark-eyed Junco 17
American Goldfinch 23
House Sparrow 3
This Mourning Dove seemed more interested in staying warm than in getting away from us. Photo by Ian MacDonald.
We aren't sure where all the Blue Jays, Red-tailed Hawks, American Tree Sparrows and other regular birds were hiding, but they did a job of not showing themselves! We did get to see many fresh mammals tracks as well as a very obliging porcupine.
Sleepy Porcupine. Photo by Chris Earley
Thanks to everyone who participated and to Ian MacDonald for his great photos.
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