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The 2010 Port Hope-Cobourg Christmas Bird Count was held on December 18. Forty-two observers counted over 27,000 birds of 77 species. Highlights included one Double-crested Cormorant, one Red-shouldered Hawk, one Thayer’s Gull, one Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, one Carolina Wren and one Northern Mockingbird. Several species were found in record high numbers. These included Greater Scaup (1,393), Wild Turkey (255), Red-bellied Woodpecker (14), Bohemian Waxwing (844) and Cedar Waxwing (873). Two species were found in record low numbers. These were American Kestrel (1) and House Sparrow (247). The post-count pot luck was again held at Welcome United Church, where observers were able to swap stories of the day and enjoy some great food. Thanks to all who participated, and especially thanks to Connie Sakumn and Janet Lake for doing the washing up after dinner.

- Roger Frost

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkeys were seen in record high numbers - 255. 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