The final results are summarized below. The "unusual" birds and numbers can mostly be associated with our late arriving winter.
Total species seen - 84 species plus 6 count week - this is 10 above the 20 year average of 73 species but is the same as last year.
Total birds - 19636
Record high counts were recorded for -
(old record in brackets)
Canada Goose (again) - 2420 (2270 in 2008) (there was 1 counted in 1986)
Mute Swan (again) - 624 (504 in 2010)
Tundra Swan - 100 (23 in 2008)
Cooper's Hawk - 9 (6 in 1995)
Merlin - 4 (1 in several years)
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 6 (5 in 2010)
American Crow - 1594 (1156 in 2000)
Carolina Wren - 2 (ties old record from a couple of years - almost annual now)
Dark-eyed Junco - 568 (474 in 2005)
Count Week Birds included -
Brant (would have been new for the count if it stayed 1 more days)
Other birds of note include:
Green-winged Teal - 3rd time recorded in last 20 years
Red-necked Grebe - 3rd time recorded in last 20 years
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1st record in last 20 years
Savannah Sparrow - 3rd time recorded in last 20 years
- The 8 Purple Sandpipers was 4x more than the average 2 seen but a far cry from the remarkable 57 tallied on the 1998 count.
- There was one Pink-sided Junco in with all the Slate-coloured.
- Missed was Belted Kingfisher with is usually tallied.
- The 2 Snow Buntings were down a bit from the 2000+ seen last year
- The 1 Common Redpoll was conspicuous by its solitude.
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Natural Heritage Education (NHE) Leader
Presqu'ile Provincial Park
328 Presqu'ile Parkway
Brighton, ON K0K 1H0
One of 390 American Tree Sparrows seen on the Presqu'ile Christmas Bird Count 2011. Photo© Bruce Parker.