82nd Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
December 26, 2005


The Bronx-Westchester CBC has seen well over 220 different species.
Summary of birds seen over its 80 plusyear history.
1999 Results
2000 Results
2001 Results
2002 Results
2003 Results
2004 Results
2005 Results are below

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The 82nd Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird count held Monday, December 26 found 110 species and 39,630 birds. 

The count was hampered by rain and fog for most of the morning; fortunately temperatures were in the mid 40's. Many bodies of fresh water remained mostly frozen.

Highlights included:
* Three American Oystercatchers off Edgewater Point, Mamaroneck, second count record.
* An unidentified swallow at Five Islands Park, New Rochelle. 
* Two White-winged Scoters, three Red-necked Grebes off Rye
* Wilson's Snipe and fourteen Rusty Blackbirds in Van Cortlandt Park.
* Three Chipping Sparrows, two in the Botanical Gardens and one in Riverdale.
* And a count period Yellow-breasted Chat in Wave Hill which was closed for the count.
* Other count week birds included Turkey Vulture, Eastern Phoebe, and Horned Lark

In an example of how things have changed; Peregrine Falcons set a new high count of seven breaking the old mark of 6 in 1936. Merlins tied a high count with four and we squeaked by with one American Kestrel. Who would have thought that one day peregrines and merlins would outnumber kestrels on a count?

There was also a new high count for Hooded Merganser (310). Black-capped Chickadees were abundant and fell just short of a high count.

House Finches continue their decline. There were only 155 birds, a 26-year low. Their high count was 1615 set in 1991.

Thanks to all eighty-four participants. The complete compilation results are attached. 

Due to Christmas Eve falling on Sunday, the next count will be on SATURDAY, December 23, 2006


Michael Bochnik
(914) 2379331 
BochnikM@cs.com 

Species

Hudson Valley

Yonkers

West Bronx

East Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

Total

1

Snow Goose (white form)

2

2

2

Brant

375

1

108

484

3

Canada Goose

137

260

1188

1434

1843

1182

6044

4

Mute Swan

2

4

12

19

56

93

5

Wood Duck

7

9

6

22

6

Gadwall

2

2

11

11

79

105

7

American Wigeon

5

130

159

294

8

American Black Duck

8

9

33

422

238

376

1086

9

Mallard

75

116

316

224

783

362

1876

Mallard hybrid

1

2

7

3

13

10

Northern Shoveler

6

6

11

Northern Pintail

1

1

2

4

12

Green-winged Teal (Am.)

12

12

13

Canvasback

1

1

6

8

14

Ring-necked Duck

7

2

9

15

Greater Scaup

2183

739

37

2959

16

Lesser Scaup

40

1

41

17

White-winged Scoter

2

2

4 years in a row

18

Long-tailed Duck

4

58

62

19

Bufflehead

357

119

274

750

20

Common Goldeneye

87

65

37

189

21

Hooded Merganser

8

24

23

6

64

185

310

New High Count (271 in 1999)

22

Common Merganser

60

2

62

23

Red-breasted Merganser

48

60

177

285

24

Ruddy Duck

28

632

22

9

691

25

Ring-necked Pheasant

1

15

16

26

Wild Turkey

2

3

1

29

8

43

27

Red-throated Loon

2

8

10

28

Common Loon

2

7

3

12

29

Pied-billed Grebe

1

2

3

30

Horned Grebe

1

6

7

31

Red-necked Grebe

3

3

Tied High Count (1986)

32

Double-crested Cormorant

1

15

4

CW

20

33

Great Cormorant

2

3

16

21

35-year low

34

Great Blue Heron

1

4

4

10

14

33

Turkey Vulture

CW

CW

CW

35

Northern Harrier

2

2

4

36

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

1

2

2

2

8

37

Cooper's Hawk

4

3

2

2

11

accipiter, sp.

1

1

2

38

Red-tailed Hawk

4

11

19

16

20

9

79

39

American Kestrel

1

1

40

Merlin

1

1

1

1

4

Tied High Count (2002)

41

Peregrine Falcon

2

3

2

7

New High Count (6 in 1936)

42

Virginia Rail

2

2

43

American Coot

2

2

44

Killdeer

6

1

1

8

45

American Oystercatcher

3

3

2nd time on Count

46

Ruddy Turnstone

1

6

7

47

Purple Sandpiper

1

12

13

26

48

Dunlin

12

1

13

49

Wilson's Snipe

1

1

50

American Woodcock

1

1

2

51

Bonaparte's Gull

6

6

52

Ring-billed Gull

199

1026

363

3467

542

383

5980

53

Herring Gull

2

151

53

227

271

200

904

54

Great Black-backed Gull

2

11

3

51

16

96

179

55

Rock Pigeon

92

97

339

345

192

45

1110

56

Mourning Dove

54

99

100

129

296

86

764

57

Monk Parakeet

4

4

58

Eastern Screech-Owl

2

2

4

1

9

59

Great Horned Owl

1

2

2

1

6

60

Northern Saw-whet Owl

2

2

61

Belted Kingfisher

1

1

6

4

12

23-year low

62

Red-bellied Woodpecker

9

24

30

24

38

32

157

63

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

1

1

1

3

17-year low

64

Downy Woodpecker

11

25

35

32

42

30

175

65

Hairy Woodpecker

2

2

4

4

9

7

28

66

Northern (Yel.-sh.)Flicker

1

1

5

5

4

16

67

Pileated Woodpecker

1

1

Eastern Phoebe

CW

CW

68

Blue Jay

40

72

313

164

189

120

898

69

American Crow

36

21

54

63

707

50

931

70

Fish Crow

32

30

1

63

crow,sp

2

2

Horned Lark

CW

CW

72

swallow, sp

1

1

71

Black-capped Chickadee

60

197

270

241

281

174

1223

second highest count

73

Tufted Titmouse

60

62

199

43

134

68

566

74

Red-breasted Nuthatch

1

11

5

CW

17

75

White-breasted Nuthatch

22

23

56

44

52

24

221

76

Brown Creeper

1

3

1

2

1

8

77

Carolina Wren

8

2

9

19

21

29

88

78

Winter Wren

1

2

1

6

3

13

79

Marsh Wren

1

3

4

80

Golden-crowned Kinglet

1

1

81

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

2

1

3

82

Eastern Bluebird

5

5

83

Hermit Thrush

5

11

5

4

4

29

84

American Robin

9

4

227

74

78

152

544

85

Gray Catbird

2

4

3

5

4

9

27

86

Northern Mockingbird

6

14

48

12

15

16

111

87

Brown Thrasher

1

1

2

88

European Starling

380

271

818

377

526

347

2719

89

American Pipit

1

1

90

Cedar Waxwing

51

24

28

17

120

91

Yellow-rumped Warbler

1

1

Yellow-breasted Chat

CW

CW

92

Eastern Towhee

1

3

7

8

10

3

32

93

American Tree Sparrow

1

5

40

4

32

82

94

Chipping Sparrow

3

3

95

Field Sparrow

1

1

96

Savannah Sparrow

1

1

97

Fox Sparrow

7

1

12

13

7

7

47

98

Song Sparrow

12

23

105

49

81

41

311

99

Swamp Sparrow

2

4

8

1

5

20

100

White-throated Sparrow

111

169

1126

346

370

261

2383

101

Dark-eyed (Slate col.) Junco

140

180

716

27

202

66

1331

102

Northern Cardinal

20

35

96

35

62

28

276

22-year low

103

Red-winged Blackbird

2

145

32

16

9

204

104

Rusty Blackbird

14

4

18

105

Common Grackle

5

2

198

2

6

2

215

106

Brown-headed Cowbird

1

26

1

28

blackbird, sp

3

3

107

Purple Finch

1

1

2

108

House Finch

40

8

34

73

155

26-year low

109

American Goldfinch

19

16

107

62

59

69

332

110

House Sparrow

94

68

735

143

259

176

1475

Hudson Valley

Yonkers

West Bronx

East Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

Number of Saves

1

2

5

3

3

8

Number of Species

45

56

65

68

77

86

110

Totals

1698

3159

7988

12034

8908

5843

39630

Missed Species: Black-crowned Night-Heron, Turkey Vulture, Northern Goshawk, Eastern Meadowlark

Summary of birds seen over its 80 year history.
1999 Results
2000 Results
2001 Results
2002 Results
2003 Results
2004 Results

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