84th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
December 23, 2007

The Bronx-Westchester CBC has seen well over 220 different species.
Summary (updated up to 2007) of birds seen over its 84  year history.
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    The 84th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count held Sunday December 23, 2007 found a record 126 species on a very wet miserable day.

    The previous count record for species was 125 found in 2001. There were many highlights.

- An Eared Grebe found by Steve Walter off City Island was a new species for the count. The count has seen 223 species in 84 years.
- Two Eurasian Wigeon were reported - one on Premium Mill Pond, Larchmont and one in Mamaroneck Mill pond.
- All three species of scoter were found off Rye along with a Red-necked Grebe and 3 Northern Gannets. It was the first time in 44 years that we recorded all three scoters.
- A Great Egret was near Hunter Island in Pelham Bay Park, 6th count record.
- Two Common Raven over Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers was the 3rd count record; the other sightings were in 1941 and 2006
- Three warblers were found; Palm Warbler in Rye, Common Yellowthroat in the West Bronx and a Yellow-breasted Chat near Woodlands High School, Hartsdale.
- Chipping Sparrow was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx
- White-crowned Sparrows were at Lenoir Nature Preserve and the bridle path in Pelham Bay Park.
- Two Lapland Longspurs were found, one in Van Cortlandt Park and the other in Read Sanctuary, Rye, and first records since 1974.
- An Indigo Bunting was found in Ward Acres, a park in New Rochelle, 3rd count record.
- The bridle path in Pelham Bay Park also hosted a Baltimore Oriole - oddly our 6th record in the last 9 years.
- 46 Common Redpolls in 4 locations, Rye, Wave Hill, Botanical Gardens and Pelham Bay Park, a 30 year high.
- Pine Siskins in the Bronx Zoo and in Rye.

    Other species included 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 3 Merlin, 2 Clapper Rail, 3 Laughing Gulls., 3 Long-eared and a Northern Saw-whet Owl, 3 House Wrens, 2 Eastern Bluebirds, 3 American Pipit.

    New record High Counts included 3235 Brant, 75 Wild Turkeys, 45 Monk Parakeets, and 156 Snow Buntings.

Other highs included;
- 43 year high of 439 American Wigeon
- 35 year high of 67 Horned Lark

As expected with this weather many lows were recorded:
- 44 year low of 4 Northern Shoveler
- An all time low of 477 Herring Gull, we had a low of 750 in 1996
- 55 year low of 85 Great-black-backed Gull
- 39 year low of 6 Belted Kingfisher
- 29 year low of 137 Downy Woodpecker
- 37 year low of 354 American Crow
- And for the first time in 84 years we missed Ring-necked Pheasant, it was recorded count week though

    It always seems that the worse the weather and the lower numbers for common species the more rarities are found. I suspect that the more you have to work for your birds, the more likely you’ll notice an unexpected species. Or in other words the busier you are counting common species the less time you have to look for a rarity.Thanks for all those that participated, especially for your effort in uncomfortable weather. We had a good turnout with 77 participants. Next year’s count falls on a more convenient day, Sunday, December 28, 2008 (after the holidays)

Michael Bochnik
Compiler

BochnikM@cs.com

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Species

Hudson Valley

Yonkers

West Bronx

East Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

Total

1

Snow Goose (white form)

2

2

2

Brant

1161

1846

228

3235

New High Count, 1508 in 2001

3

Canada Goose

62

399

1073

2617

2139

946

7236

4

Mute Swan

4

2

17

56

18

97

5

Wood Duck

1

5

9

8

23

6

Gadwall

12

28

90

130

7

Eurasian Wigeon

1

1

2

8

American Wigeon

37

311

91

439

43 year high

9

American Black Duck

15

17

4

288

172

227

723

10

Mallard

44

102

202

330

498

315

1491

Mallard hybrid

1

3

4

11

Northern Shoveler

1

3

4

44 year low

12

Northern Pintail

1

1

13

Green-winged Teal (Am.)

6

6

14

Canvasback

1

3

4

15

Ring-necked Duck

2

2

16

Greater Scaup

1182

146

470

1798

17

Lesser Scaup

20

32

52

scaup, sp

91

91

18

Surf Scoter

6

6

44 years since we had

19

White-winged Scoter

33

33

all three scoter species

20

Black Scoter

6

6

in same year

21

Long-tailed Duck

45

45

22

Bufflehead

2

146

136

231

515

23

Common Goldeneye

18

1

40

59

24

Hooded Merganser

6

26

31

6

101

120

290

25

Common Merganser

2

3

5

26

Red-breasted Merganser

72

32

438

542

27

Ruddy Duck

3

6

1

60

1

34

105

Ring-necked Pheasant

CW

CW

First time missed on count

28

Wild Turkey

5

9

5

20

36

75

New High Count, 47 in 2004

29

Red-throated Loon

33

33

30

Common Loon

1

2

3

31

Horned Grebe

14

14

32

Red-necked Grebe

1

1

33

Eared Grebe

1

1

New to the Count

34

Northern Gannet

3

3

Ties high Count

35

Double-crested Cormorant

4

16

20

36

Great Cormorant

17

3

12

32

37

Great Blue Heron

1

3

4

4

7

55

74

38

Great Egret

1

1

6th count record

Bald Eagle

CW

CW

39

Northern Harrier

2

1

3

40

Sharp-shinned Hawk

5

2

4

2

5

18

41

Cooper's Hawk

1

5

2

3

3

14

42

Red-shouldered Hawk

1

1

2

43

Red-tailed Hawk

8

15

18

18

11

19

89

44

American Kestrel

2

2

4

45

Merlin

1

1

2

4

46

Peregrine Falcon

1

2

3

1

7

47

Clapper Rail

2

2

48

Virginia Rail

1

1

49

American Coot

2

2

50

Killdeer

1

7

4

12

51

Ruddy Turnstone

1

1

52

Purple Sandpiper

62

62

53

Dunlin

8

8

54

Laughing Gull

3

3

1st record since 1990

55

Bonaparte's Gull

57

57

56

Ring-billed Gull

250

598

561

1521

360

313

3603

57

Herring Gull

6

14

78

79

164

136

477

All time low count

58

Great Black-backed Gull

5

3

36

5

36

85

55 year low

59

Rock Pigeon

37

205

357

655

462

147

1863

60

Mourning Dove

52

119

96

152

229

200

848

61

Monk Parakeet

6

39

45

New High Count, 25 in 2006

62

Eastern Screech-Owl

1

5

1

7

63

Great Horned Owl

1

1

1

3

6

12

64

Long-eared owl Owl

1

2

3

65

Northern Saw-whet Owl

1

1

66

Belted Kingfisher

2

4

6

39 year low

67

Red-bellied Woodpecker

6

12

22

18

32

35

125

68

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2

1

4

2

3

1

13

69

Downy Woodpecker

5

16

21

29

37

29

137

29 year low

70

Hairy Woodpecker

2

9

8

7

8

19

53

71

Northern (Yel.-sh.)Flicker

1

1

3

8

5

18

72

Pileated Woodpecker

1

1

73

Blue Jay

39

39

207

131

116

127

659

74

American Crow

36

36

32

56

137

57

354

37 year low

75

Fish Crow

1

6

5

5

8

25

76

Common Raven

2

2

3rd count record, 1941,2003

77

Horned Lark

6

39

22

67

35 year high

78

Black-capped Chickadee

37

68

196

108

130

179

718

79

Tufted Titmouse

27

20

168

73

79

106

473

80

Red-breasted Nuthatch

4

6

2

4

16

81

White-breasted Nuthatch

4

14

47

15

55

30

165

82

Brown Creeper

1

4

3

1

1

10

83

Carolina Wren

10

4

11

23

25

26

99

84

House Wren

2

1

3

85

Winter Wren

2

2

2

3

3

7

19

86

Marsh Wren

5

5

87

Golden-crowned Kinglet

5

9

14

88

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

5

3

2

10

89

Eastern Bluebird

2

2

90

Hermit Thrush

1

2

6

5

14

91

American Robin

5

5

290

77

50

290

717

92

Gray Catbird

4

1

3

4

1

5

18

93

Northern Mockingbird

17

8

30

27

17

18

117

94

Brown Thrasher

2

1

1

4

95

European Starling

328

508

3708

416

671

803

6434

96

American Pipit

3

3

97

Cedar Waxwing

5

9

12

8

8

42

98

Palm Warbler

1

1

99

Common Yellowthroat

1

1

100

Yellow-breasted Chat

1

1

101

Eastern Towhee

1

1

6

4

12

102

American Tree Sparrow

38

18

9

64

1

68

198

103

Chipping Sparrow

1

1

104

Field Sparrow

4

1

5

105

Savannah Sparrow

2

2

106

Fox Sparrow

1

1

8

11

2

8

31

107

Song Sparrow

38

24

64

33

90

107

356

108

Swamp Sparrow

4

5

7

16

109

White-throated Sparrow

88

141

703

637

386

399

2354

110

White-crowned Sparrow

1

1

2

111

Dark-eyed (Slate col.) Junco

83

156

245

90

124

220

918

112

Lapland Longspur

1

1

2

Last seen in 1974

113

Snow Bunting

50

50

56

156

New High Count, 40 in 1966

114

Northern Cardinal

33

40

80

31

92

67

343

115

Indigo Bunting

1

1

3rd count record, 1975,2006

116

Red-winged Blackbird

123

47

10

25

205

117

Rusty Blackbird

12

7

9

28

118

Common Grackle

1

45

488

223

757

119

Brown-headed Cowbird

18

72

4

94

120

Baltimore Oriole

1

1

6th time in 9 years

121

Purple Finch

1

8

CW

9

122

House Finch

5

42

68

35

90

83

323

123

Common Redpoll

CW

14

3

29

46

30 year high

124

Pine Siskin

8

2

10

125

American Goldfinch

7

44

71

120

91

82

415

126

House Sparrow

75

123

493

113

228

142

1174

Hudson Valley

Yonkers

West Bronx

East Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

Number of Saves

0

1

4

6

3

21

Number of Species

44

50

72

80

73

102

126

NEW COUNT RECORD !!!

Totals

1405

2875

9265

11326

9472

7898

42241

Missed Species: Ring-necked Pheasant- CW only, Pied-billed Grebe, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-rumped Warbler

 


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