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On December 17, 40 observers participated in the 41st Port Hope-Cobourg Christmas Bird Count. Mild weather prior to count day kept most small bodies of water open. Count day was cold with a low of -8º and a high of -4º C. Partly cloudy skies and light north-west winds made for pleasant birding. However, lack of snow cover made birds hard to find.

American Coot

2 American Coots were seen this year on the Port Hope-Cobourg Christmas Bird Count 2011.
Photo© Bruce Parker.

In total, we tallied 18,386 birds of 77 species on count day, with an addition 8 species seen during count week. Highlights included: Common Loon - 1; Double-crested Cormorant- 1CW; Snow Goose-1; Wood Duck-1; Gadwall-6; American Wigeon-1; Northern Pintail-1; Green-winged Teal-1; Black Scoter-1; Ruddy Duck-1, Bald Eagle—1; Northern Goshawk-1; Peregrine Falcon-1CW; American Coot-2; Killdeer-1CW; Purple Sandpiper-1; Snowy Owl-1; Carolina Wren-1CW; Hermit Thrush-2; Northern Mockingbird-1; Chipping Sparrow-1; White-crowned Sparrow-1.

Record high counts were tallied on 4 species: American Crow-2,077; European Starling-2,945; American Goldfinch-999; Northern Flicker-9.

Seven species were found in very low numbers: House Sparrow-193; House Finch-48; Snow Bunting-7; Horned Lark-2; Pileated Woodpecker-3, Northern Harrier-1; Common Goldeneye-157.

...... Roger Frost

TO READ THE FINAL TOTALS FOR THE PORT HOPE - COBOURG CBC CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW.

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