Wolfville Christmas Bird Count -2003

reported by Ian Paterson

The 2003 Wolfville Christmas Bird Count was held on December 20. It was a great success, with fine weather (a nice change from last year) and lots of sightings.

A total of 81 species were counted, plus an additional four count-week species (indicated by CW in the list below). Count-week birds are those sighted in the three days preceding and the three days following the actual count day. The total number of birds seen on count day was 45,637.

The bush-beater groups spent a total of 134 hours in the field (79 hours on foot, 55 hours in cars). Bush beaters covered 164 km of territory on foot and 617 km by car, for a total of 781 km. Feeder watchers added significant counts to the total, including two count-day species (mockingbird and Baltimore Oriole) and two CW species.

Species Count
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 3
Red-necked Grebe 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 5
Canada Goose 944
Green-winged Teal 7
American Black Duck 3,820
Mallard 409
Northern Pintail 4
American Wigeon 2
Common Eider 12
White-winged Scoter 5
Common Goldeneye 15
Bufflehead 1
Common Merganser 6
Bald Eagle (adult) 185
—–(immature) 149
—–(unknown) 21
Northern Harrier 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 204
Merlin 5
Peregrine Falcon 2
Rough-legged Hawk 16
Ring-necked Pheasant 176
Ruffed Grouse 3
Ring-billed Gull 240
Herring Gull 5,045
Iceland Gull 5
Snipe 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1,066
Dovekie 1
Murre (sp.) 1
Rock Dove 463
Mourning Dove 985
Great Horned Owl 1
Barred Owl 3
Short-eared Owl 3
Downy Woodpecker 102
Hairy Woodpecker 53
Common Flicker 29
Pileated Woodpecker 5
Woodpecker (sp.) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker CW
Horned Lark 185
Blue Jay 1,078
American Crow 11,245
Common Raven 283
Black-capped Chickadee 1217
Boreal Chickadee CW
Red- breasted Nuthatch 29
White- breasted Nuthatch 50
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
American Robin 6
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 54
Northern Shrike 1
European Starling 13,480
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
American Tree Sparrow 145
Clay-colored Sparrow CW
Savannah Sparrow 38
Chipping Sparrow 9
Song Sparrow 143
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 61
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed iunco 649
Lapland Longspur 2
Snow Bunting 250
Red-winged Blackbird 16
Brown-headed Cowbird CW
Baltimore Oriole 1
Pine Grosbeak 6
Purple Finch 43
Red Crossbill 2
White-winged Crossbill 11
Common Redpoll 635
Pine Siskin 161
American Goldfinch 1,331
Evening Grosbeak 87
House Sparrow 388

Feeder Watchers
Agar Adamson, Diana Bishop. Dick Cain, Lana Churchill, Sandy Connelly, Ed Connolly, Chris Cox, Sue Cox, Pat Davis, Pat Dix, Betty Eaton. Joan Eaton, Paul Elderkin. Wendy Elliott, Mary Ellis. Bob & Rob & Morgan & Ryleah Flecknell. George E. Forsyth, Hilma Frank. Mary Sue Goulding, Eileen Harris, Sharon Harris. Lorna Hart, Avril & John Harwood, Heather Hennigar. Gail Herbin. Janet & John Herbin. Maxine Hill. Marg & Bob Home. Isobel Horton, Winnie Horton, Shirley Jackson. Jean Leung, Del and Mac Maclnnes. Ron Margesoti, Don Marston, Pat Martell. Jessie Martin, Eleanor Mason, Sheila McCurdy, Terry Murphy, Edna Mutch. Gary Ness. Andy Nette. Nancy Nickerson. Pam Nickerson, Terry Pearson. Dorothy Perkin. Meg & Roger Pocklington. Mar Pratt (2 yards). Ladny Richmond. Gordon Robart, Marg Russell. Linda Sacouman, Gladys & John Saltzman. Don Sam. Ruth Scott, David Silverberg, Peter Smith, Sandy Stevens, Merriam Sullivan. Phil Taylor, Dianne Thorpe. Dave Tracy, Eva & Deanna Urban, Jackie White. Jim Wolford. Jean & Ken Wood, Irene & Don Wright, Betty Yoell

Bush Beaters
Margaret Alliston, George Alliston, Peter Austin-Smith Jr., Amy Baur, Larry Bogan. Soren Bondrup-Nielsen, Mike Boudreau. Dennis Brannen. Peggy Crawford, Gail Davis. Harold Forsyth. George Forsyth, Bernard Forsythe. Glenys Gibson. Jamie Gibson. Merritt Gibson. Pat Hawes. Patrick Kelly, Angus MacLean, StelIa MacLean, Doug Maru]e. Randy Milton, Terry Milton, Adele Mullie, Leigh Murdoch, Reg Newell, Ruth Newell, Mike O’Brien, Mick O’Neill, Jan Paterson, Mike Peckford, Barry Sabean. Sarah Sabean. Dave Shutler, Peter Smith. Brian Starzomski. Richard Stem, Bill Thexton, Brenda Thexton. Jean Timpa, Sean Timpa. Judy Tufts, Rick Whitman. Shennan Williams. Jim Wolford, Barry Yoell