Wolfville Christmas Bird Count -2002

December 14, 2002
compiled by Ian Paterson

The Wolfville Christmas bird count was held on Dec 14. The weather was fine for the morning, but the afternoon rain kept both birders and birds under shelter. Despite only half a day of counting, there was a good turn out from participants and a reasonable number of species were recorded. Sixty-five species were counted, with 7 additional species seen during the count week (indicated by ‘cw’ in the table below).

Thanks are also due to Jim Wolford for helping compile this year’s count.

Species Total Number
Great Blue Heron cw
Canada Goose 1238
American Black Duck 2044
Mallard 738
Green-winged Teal 2
Greater Scaup cw
Surf Scoter 3
White-winged Scoter 29
Black Scoter 3
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 23
Common Merganser 39
Bald Eagle adult 160
immature 149
unknown age 40
Northern Harrier 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11
Northern Goshawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 100
Rough-legged Hawk 12
Merlin 2
Peregrine Falcon 3
Ring-necked Pheasant 183
Ruffed Grouse 1
Ring-billed Gull 39
Herring Gull 6972
Iceland Gull 4
Glaucous Gull cw
unidentified immature gulls 1450
Lesser Black-backed Gull* cw
Great Black-backed Gull 2196
Rock Dove 447
Mourning Dove 1528
Barred Owl 4
Short-eared Owl cw
Downy Woodpecker 99
Hairy Woodpecker 43
Northern Flicker 51
Pileated Woodpecker 6
Northern Shrike 2
Gray Jay 2
Blue Jay 688
American Crow 3819
Common Raven 312
Horned Lark 20
Black-capped Chickadee 894
Boreal Chickadee cw
Red-breasted Nuthatch 26
White-breasted Nuthatch 34
Brown Creeper 18
Golden-crowned Kinglet 96
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 79
Northern Mockingbird 12
European Starling 9969
Cedar Waxwing 131
unidentified Waxwings 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler cw
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
American Tree Sparrow 277
Chipping Sparrow 5
Savannah Sparrow 11
Song Sparrow 170
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 89
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1402
Snow Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 5
Brown-headed Cowbird cw
Baltimore Oriole 1
Purple Finch 20
Pine Siskin 10
American Goldfinch 1155
Evening Grosbeak 54
House Sparrow 689
Eastern Phoebe 1
Vesper sparrow 1
Total # of birds: 37629
No species: 65+8cw
Party hours: 114.65
On foot 62.48
By car 52.17
Party km: 681.3
On foot 89.7
By car 591.6

Bush-beaters included:

George Alliston, Margaret Alliston, Peter Austin-Smith, Charlane Bishop, Fen Bishop-Boates, Sherman Boates, Larry Bogan, Silas Bondrup-Nielsen, Soren Bondrup-Nielsen, Mike Boudreau ,Dennis Brannen ,Sam Crawford ,Katie Daley ,Gail Davis, Mark Elderkin, Fred Forsyth ,George Forsyth, Harold Forsyth, Bernard Forsythe, Glenys Gibson ,Jamie Gibson ,Merritt Gibson, Dale Gruchy ,Claire Kellock, Patrick Kelly ,Doug Linzey ,Doug Mackie, Angus MacLean ,Randy Milton, Terri Milton ,Dawn Miner, Adele Mullie ,Mike O’Brien, Ian Paterson, Mike Peckford, Derek Potter ,Barry Sabean, Dave Shutler, P.C. Smith ,Sarah Spencer, Richard Stern, Phil Taylor, Bill Thexton, Brenda Thexton, Jean Timpa ,Chris Toplack, Gerry Trueman ,Rick Whitman ,Sherman Williams, Jim Wolford.

It is good to see that some of the younger generation participated this year including: Fen Bishop-Boates, Silas Bondrup-Nielsen, Sam Crawford and Claire Kellock

Feeder watchers included:

Agar Adamson, Jim Amos, Peter Austin-Smith, Diana Bishop, Carol Buckley, Dick Cain, Sandy Connelly, Chris Cox, Sue Cox, Debbie & Jim Daigle, Pat Davis, Ev Eagles, Paul Elderkin, Wendy Elliott, Mary Ellis, Val Flecknell, Hilma Frank, Mary Sue Goulding, Dale Gruchy, Charlotte Harper, Eileen Harris, Lorna Hart, Avril Harwood, Gail Herbin, Maxine Hill, Marg & Bob Horne, Isobel Horton, Winnie Horton, Lana Isenor, Shirley Jackson, Jean Leung, Del & Mac MacInnes, Ron Margeson, Shirley & Don Marston, Pat Martell, Jessie Martin, Sheila McCurdy, Rosaleen McDonald, Jennifer Miner, Terry Murphy, Edna Mutch, Gary Ness, Linda & Andy Nette, Nancy Nickerson, Linda & Terry Pearson, Dorothy Perkin, Mary Pratt, Shirley Prescott, Ladny Richmond, Gordon Robart, Marg Russell, Linda Sacouman, Don Sam, Ruth Scott, Ed Shynal, P. C. Smith, Sandy Stevens, Merriam Sullivan, Dianne Thorpe, Chris Toplack, Dave Tracy, Gerry Trueman, Eva Urban, Tami &Terry & Neil & Mitch & Sam Whiston, Jackie White, Jim Wolford, Don Wright, Sheila & Earl Young.

Number of feeders/yards watched: 65
Number of feeder-/yard-watchers: 79
Number of hours of watching: 98.75