Wolfville Christmas Bird Count -2011

16 December 2011

Alison Bogan and Jim Wolford, Coordinators

Forty six observers took to the field with daytime temperatures ranging from -4 to 0 C. The winds were light and there was scattered snow of the ground ranging from none to 5 cm. Only small ponds were frozen while running water and lakes were open. In addition to the field observers, 28 people watched feeders during the day. The birds this day were not very active and count numbers were smaller than expected for the type of day.

Species Field Count Feeders Count Total Count
Red-throated Loon 1 1
Common Loon 3 3
Great Blue Heron 3 3
Canada Goose 168 12 180
Black Duck 2152 2152
Mallard 599 21 620
Amer. Wigeon 2 2
Common Eider 1 1
Surf Scoter 3 3
White-wing Scoter 1 1
Com. Goldeneye 4 4
Com. Merganser 7 2 9
Red Br. Merganzer 4 4
Hooded Merganser 18 18
Bald Eagle – Ad 99 24 123
Bald Eagle – Imm 101 10 111
Bald Eagle – Unk 2 13 15
Northern Harrier 2 1 3
Sharp-Sh. Hawk 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 80 7 87
Merlin 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 1 1
Rough-leg. Hawk 1 1
Ring -n Pheasant 53 40 93
Ruffed Grouse 5 5
Ring-Billed Gull 18 18
Herring Gull 4307 54 4361
Iceland Gull 1 1
Great B/B Gull 833 833
Lesser B/B Gull 2 2
Gull sp. immature 300 300
Rock Pigeon 291 5 296
Mourning Dove 466 212 678
Great Horned Owl 1 1
Barred Owl 0 1 1
Downy Woodpecker 31 55 86
Hairy Woodpecker 26 28 54
Northern Flicker 25 19 44
Pileated Woodpecker 4 1 5
RBellied Woodpecker 2 3 5
Horned Lark 11 11
Blue Jay 569 279 848
American Crow 1303 127 1430
Commom Raven 264 16 280
Bl.-Cap Chickadee 684 292 976
Red-br. Nuthatch 13 7 20
White-br. Nuthatch 40 40 80
Brown Creeper 6 6
Golden-Cr. Kinglet 51 51
Ruby-Cr. Kinglet 1 1
Amer. Robin 37 47 84
Mockingbird 4 4
Cedar Waxwing 8 30 38
Euro. Starling 5627 209 5836
Amer. Tree Sparrow 53 53
Savannah Sparrow 18 1 19
Song sparrow 92 8 100
Swamp Sparrow 1 1
White-thr. Sparrow 32 26 58
Dark-eyed Junco 190 74 264
Lapland Longspur 1 1
Snow Bunting 51 51
Northern Cardinal 4 22 26
Baltimore Oriole 0 2 2
Pine Grosbeak 1 1
Purple Finch 22 8 30
American Goldfinch 974 542 1516
Evening Grosbeak 7 7
House Sparrow 71 12 83
 
Total Birds 19751 2250 22001
Total Species 66  
Hrs on foot 85.8
Hrs by car 54.15
Total Hrs 139.95 104.5
 
Km on foot 169.55
Km by car 790.3
Total kms 959.85

In addition to the above, the following eight species were seen
during the count week (three days before and three days after count day)
This adds to 74 species seen for this Christmas count.

  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • Northern Pintail
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Snowy Owl
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Redpoll