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The count was held on Sunday, December 19th, a grey, overcast day with temperatures around -7C to -3C. Most standing water had been frozen for about 10 days. Total number of birds seen was 21,402 of 83 species (+3 count week). A few rarer ducks, some later migrants and a couple of unusual winter nomads resulted in the third highest total in the last 21 years. Highlights included a Barrow's Goldeneye, 2 Carolina Wrens, a Hermit Thrush (2nd time in 21 years), a Common Yellowthroat, an Eastern Towhee, a Fox Sparrow (3rd in 21 years) and 7 Red Crossbills (1st since 1984). 2601 Snow Buntings were counted, 14 Pileated Woodpeckers, 2 Harlequin Ducks and 504 Mute Swans. There were 29 participants, including several members of WBFN, many of whom went to the Maintenance Building in the Park for the compilation by David Bree and great food provided by May Wilson.

- Maureen Riggs and David Bree

American Kestrel

American Kestrel and Fourteen Barred Owls were recorded on the Presqu'ile - Brighton Christmas count.

Photo © Bruce Parker

For a full list of species seen on this year's count click here to view a file inPDF IconAdobe PDF format.