The 13th annual Northumberland Summer Bird Count was held on June 13th and 14th. Twenty-eight observers covered the same 24 km diameter count circle used in previous years. The circle covers from Rice Lake and Roseneath in the north, to Hwy 401 just north of Grafton in the south, and Harwood Rd. in the west, to almost Morganston in the east. The weather cooperated with two good bird-counting days. Saturday was mostly cloudy, warm and humid, but with very light winds. Sunday was clear and less humid, also with light winds. This year, 16,200 birds of 139 species were recorded. This is the second highest individual total and the 3rd highest species total. The record highs were in 2007 when 16,623 birds of 143 species were found. No new species were seen this year, leaving the cumulative total, for the 13 years at 177 species.
For a more detailed summary of the 2009 Summer Bird Count read Roger Frost's article in the September 2009 Issue of The Curlew.
SUMMER BIRD COUNT PHOTOS
To view data for the Summer Bird Counts 2009 click on the following PDF link: