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On Saturday, December 14, the 43rd Port Hope-Cobourg Christmas Bird Count was held. The weather was cold with temperatures ranging from -18°C to -13°C. Wind was NE from 30 to 50 km/hr. Snow started in the afternoon, becoming heavy by 3:00 p.m. Thirty-seven observers braved these conditions to tally 15,843 birds of 68 species. An additional 6 species were seen during count week. This was the lowest species total since 1999.

Great Gray Owl was the only new species recorded.

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow. Photo© Bruce Parker

  • 4 Bald Eagles - tied record high 1 Red-shouldered Hawk
  • 231 Wild Turkeys (2nd highest count) 4 Snowy Owls - tied record high
  • 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • 2 Winter Wren - tied record high 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
  • 1 Hermit Thrush
  • 6 Common Redpoll

Low totals were recorded for:

  • 19 White-breasted Nuthatch - lowest ever
  • 892 Black-capped Chickadees - lowest since 2000 2 Northern Shrike - lowest since 1993

Count Week species included:

  • Northern Pintail American Coot Thayer's Gull Iceland Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull Lapland Longspur
  • Roger Frost Compiler