2014 Count Results

The 2014 Wolfville CBC was held on Saturday Dec 20, a relatively mild overcast day though with a cold wind. Due to the warm Dec., moving water was still open, still water only partly frozen depending on location. The final tally is 77 species, and an estimated 42,380 individuals. The total was bolstered by the count of over 19,000 Eur. Starlings, many in the agricultural area around Canard.

If you consider the circle roughly divided into 3 areas, northern (dykelands, agricultural and shore), central (the towns, Cornwallis River and sewage ponds) and southern (South Mountain), the following are the highlights from each broad area.

Northern: An Eurasian Wigeon as well as a Merlin, N. Pintail, Coopers Hawk, Lesser BB Gull and American Wigeon.

Central: The Dusky Flycatcher, and Wilsons Warbler, two rarities, plus a Great Blue Heron, Green Wing Teal, Amer. Coot, Pine Warbler, Common Yellow-throat, Chipping Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, N. Shrike and Great Horned Owl.

Southern: Our only Common Redpoll and Bernard’s Barred Owl.

There were 5 birds added during the count week period: Blue-headed Vireo, Kingfisher, Gadwall, Eastern Phoebe and Wood Duck.

These results are due to the efforts of many people. There were 58 field observers in 31 parties covering 24 areas, and 62 feeder watchers watching 49 yards. The field observers invested over 150 hours and travelled almost 1000 km, over 165 on foot. The feeder watchers spent almost 100 hours at their posts. Once again I’d like to thank Liz and Richard Stern for graciously hosting the tally pot luck, Judy Tufts for co-ordinating the food, Jim Wolford for looking after the feeder watchers, and most importantly all the folks who participated in this annual citizen science adventure.

Alison Bogan

 

CBC Wolfville 2014
Species Field Birds Feeder Birds Total Birds
Great Blue Heron 1 1
Canada Goose 1055 135 1190
Wood Duck CW CW
Gadwall CW CW
Northern Shoveler 2 2
Green-winged Teal 1 1
Black Duck 2339 230 2569
Mallard 967 51 1018
Eurasian Wigeon 1 1
Amer. Wigeon 4 4
N. Pintail 2 2
Lesser Scaup 3 3
White-wing Scoter 18 18
Com. Goldeneye 13 13
Com. Merganser 24 24
Hooded Merganser 4 4
Bald Eagle – Ad 203 17 220
Bald Eagle – Imm 135 8 143
Bald Eagle – Unk 44 44
Northern Harrier 14 2 16
Sharp-Sh. Hawk 9 9
Cooper’s Hawk 1 1
Northern Goshawk 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 98 10 108
Merlin 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 4 1 5
Rough-leg. Hawk 3 3
Ring -n Pheasant 130 27 157
Ruffed Grouse 1 1
Amer. Coot 1 1
Ring-Billed Gull 207 207
Herring Gull 2698 2698
Iceland Gull 6 6
Glaucous Gull 1 1
Great B/B Gull 697 34 731
Lesser B/B Gull 1 1
Gull sp. immature 83 83
Rock Pigeon 436 4 440
Mourning Dove 1216 329 1545
Great Horned Owl 2 2
Barred Owl 0 1 1
Belted Kingfisher CW CW
Downy Woodpecker 67 27 94
Hairy Woodpecker 40 20 60
Northern Flicker 47 19 66
Pileated Woodpecker 7 1 8
RBellied Woodpecker 1 1 2
Dusky Flycatcher 1 1
Eastern Phoebe CW CW
Horned Lark 40 40
Blue Jay 943 213 1156
American Crow 3813 434 4247
Commom Raven 299 13 312
Bl.-Cap Chickadee 1386 328 1714
Red-br. Nuthatch 19 5 24
White-br. Nuthatch 56 24 80
Brown Creeper 4 4
Golden-Cr. Kinglet 46 46
Amer. Robin 243 2 245
Mockingbird 2 2
Bohemian Waxwing 39 39
Cedar Waxwing 8 20 28
Northern Shrike 1 1
Bl.Hd. Vireo CW CW
Euro. Starling 14949 4220 19169
Pine Warbler 1 1
Common Yellowthroat 1 1
Wilson Warbler 1 1
Amer. Tree Sparrow 122 5 127
Chipping Sparrow 1 1
Savannah Sparrow 19 19
Song sparrow 288 17 305
White-thr. Sparrow 107 8 115
Fox Sparrow 0 1 1
Dark-eyed Junco 768 190 958
Snow Bunting 48 48
Northern Cardinal 35 23 58
Common Grackle 11 11
Rusty Blackbird 1 1
Purple Finch 16 5 21
Common Redpoll 1 1
Pine Siskin 42 19 61
American Goldfinch 1354 537 1891
Evening Grosbeak 24 15 39
House Sparrow 71 35 106
Sparrow species 1 1
Total Birds 35349 7031 42380
Total Species
Hrs on foot 86.25
Hrs by car 65.2
Total Hrs 151.45
Km on foot 166.75
Km by car 818.35
Total kms 985.1