Wolfville Christmas Bird Count -2004

December 18

Ian Paterson

The Birds We counted 76 species totaling 31,544 individual birds. [Note: CW indicates a species sighted during count week but not on count day]

In 2003 we had the highest counts in North America for three species:

  • American Black Duck (3,820)
  • Blue Jay (1,078)
  • American Goldfinch (1,331)

This year, the overall number of birds seemed lower than usually, but we were rewarded with some fairly rare sightings. Of note are the Lesser Scaup, Marsh Wren. Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe. Hermit Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Common Yell owthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Rufous-sided Towhee.

The Participants: Bush Beaters George Alliston, Margaret Alliston, Peter Austin-Smith Jr., Sherman Boates, Larry Bogan, Soren Bondrup-Nielsen. Dennis Brannen. Gail Davis. Mark Elderkin. Trina Fitzgerald. Harold Forsyth, George Forsyth. Bernard Forsythe, Glenys Gibson, Jamie Gibson, Merritt Gibson. Pat Hawes, Tom Herman, Dennis Hippern. Dave Johnson, Patrick Kelly, Angus MacLean, Stella MacLean. Randy Milton, Teriy Milton. Adele Mullie. Joe Nocera, Mike O’Brien, Mick O’Neill. Ian Paterson, Barry Sabean, Sarah Sabean, Dave Shutler. Peter Smith, P.C. Smith. Richard Stern, Elizabeth Stern. Phil Taylor, Bill Thexton, Brenda Thexton, Chuck Thompson. Jean Timpa, Judy Tufts. Rick Whitman, Sherman Williams. Jim Wolford. Barry Yoell.

Bushbeater groups spent 151.4 hours in the field: 97.5 on foot, 50.5 by ear. and Larry Bogan logged 1.5 hours by bicycle! The field crews covered 841.4km: 171.9 on foot, 659.5 by car, and Lany went 10km on his bike.

The Participants: Feeder Watchers Agar Adamson, Jim Amos. Diana Anderson. Diana Bishop, Sharon Borden, Carol & Ron Buckley. Nancy & Scott Burbidge. Lana Churchill, Sandy Connelly, Chris Cox, Graham Daborn, Debbie & Jim Daigle, Pat Davis. Pat Dix, Betty Eaton, Paul Elderkin. Wendy Elliott, Mary Ellis, VaT & Bob Flecknell, George F. Forsyth, Hilma Frank, Charlotte Harper, Eileen Harris, Sharon Harris. Lorna Hart. Avril & John Harwood, Pat Hawes, Heather & Terry Hennigar, Gail Herbin. Maxine Hill, Marg & Bob Home. Jsobel Horton, Winnie Horton. J.P. Huang, Lana Jsenor, Sandy Kempton, Del & Clint (Mac) Maclnnes, Janet MacWha. Ron Margeson, Shirley & Don Marston, Pat Martell, Jessie Martin. Rosaleen McDonald. Terry Murphy, Edna Miitch, Linda & Andy Nette, Nancy Nickerson, Linda & Terry Pearson, Dorothy Perkin, Mary Pratt, Ladny Richmond, Marg Russell. Linda Sacouman, Ruth Scott, Helen Shaw, Steve Slipp, Sandy Stevens. Brenda & Bill Thexton, Dianne Thorpe, Judy Tufts, Deanna & Eva Urban, Lynn (Kotze) Walker. Gertrude Waseem, Tami & Mitch & Neil & Harry Whiston, Jim Wolford, Jean Wood, Betty Yoell.

Feeder watchers spent a total of 107.3 hours watching 67 feeders.

Great Blue Heron 9
Canada Goose 359
American Wigeon CW
American Black Duck 2,009
Mallard 452
Northern Pintail 2
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup CW
Common Eider 53
White-winged Scoter 4
Black Scoter 9
Common Goldeneye 18
Common Merganser 21
Bald Eagle
unknown age
Northern Harrier 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
Northern Goshawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 124
Rough-legged Hawk 4
Merlin 2
Ring-necked Pheasant 181
Ruffed Grouse 22
Bonaparte’s Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 17
Herring Gull 3,217
Iceland Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 999
Mourning Dove 800
Rock Pigeon 377
Barred Owl 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy Woodpecker 122
Hairy Woodpecker 66
Northern Flicker 54
Pileated Woodpecker 20
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 748
American Crow 2541
Common Raven 203
Horned Lark 73
Black-capped Chickadee 1,328
Boreal Chickadee 13
Red-breasted Nuthatch 106
White-breasted Nuthatch 54
Brown Creeper 2
Marsh Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 113
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 74
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 13,278
Cedar Waxwing 26
Nashville Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat CW
Yellow-breasted Chat CW
American Tree Sparrow 81
Chipping Sparrow 13
Savannah Sparrow 40
Fox Sparrow CW
Song Sparrow 367
Swamp Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 73
White-crowned Sparrow CW
Dark-eyed (Slate-coloured) Junco 446
Snow Bunting 55
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 1
Purple Finch 139
White-winged Crossbill 22
Common Redpoll 46
Pine Siskin 60
American Goldfinch 1,679
Evening Grosbeak 60
House Sparrow 421
Scaup sp. 1
gull sp. 260
warbler sp. 1
Rufous-sided Towhee CW