I had a wonderful Christmas Bird Count this year. I counted with two friends, we started at 9:30 am and went until 12 noon. We would have gone longer but one of our counters had to go to a hockey game in the afternoon.
We started by going around to the acreages by my house. We were able to count five House Sparrows, 16 Common Redpolls, three Black-capped Chickadees, and two Black-billed Magpies. After the acreages, we drove to my grandparents house. On the way there, we found six magpies feeding on a dead Gray Partridge, and one of the best finds of the day, a Rough-legged Hawk sitting on a power pole. At my grandparents, we counted one Pine Grosbeak, one Common Raven, 23 Common Redpolls, and I was the only one to catch a very brief glimpse of a Snowy Owl flying through the yard. After birding around the yard, we went into the house and there, while looking out of the kitchen window we counted 24 Black-capped Chickadees, two Downy Woodpeckers and one Hairy Woodpecker feeding at my grandmother’s feeders. On the way back to my house on the same road we had traveled before, we picked up five Rock Pigeons at a farm yard. And about four miles from my house I spotted a Bald Eagle, a very good find!
Altogether this year’s Christmas Bird Count was very good, a lot of common species and a couple rare ones. And I can’t wait to see what next year will bring!
Here are some photos of my CBC:
Pine Grosbeak at my grandparents,
Hairy Woodpecker at my grandmother’s feeder,