86th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
December 27, 2009

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The 86th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count found 117 species on Sunday December 27, 2009. Highlights include:

 

It is the 7th time in the last 11 years the count has recorded Baltimore Oriole and the 4 sets a new high count.

 

High Counts were also recorded for: Canada Goose, 9045; Gadwall, 241 (numbers have been increasing since the late 1980ís);  Fish Crow, 97; 1729 American Robins, blowing out the record high (1117) set just last year; and 7109 Common Grackle, thanks to the huge migrating flock in the West Bronx. The old record was 4588 in 1982.

 

Low counts were noted for: Black-capped Chickadee, 33-year low; Tufted Titmouse 25-year low; Hermit Thrush (5) 23-year low; Northern Mockingbird 33-year low; and House Finch 30-year low.

 

The rainy spring and early summer, producing a bumper crop of seeds and berries may have spread out the common feeder birds and account for their low numbers.

 

Next yearís count will be Sunday, December 26, 2010.

Species Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye Total
1 Snow Goose (white form)         1   1
2 Brant       572 930 135 1637
3 Canada Goose 450 643 883 1821 4009 1274 9080 New High Count (7816  in 1992)
4 Mute Swan   1 1 45 28 78 153
5 Wood Duck     10     CW 10
6 Gadwall       68 29 144 241 New High Count (227 in 1999)
7 American Wigeon       1 154 120 275
8 American Black Duck   30 13 502 222 233 1000
9 Mallard 37 118 364 273 788 338 1918
  Mallard hybrid     3     10 13
10 Northern Shoveler       1 117   118
11 Green-winged Teal (Am.)     1   16 15 32
12 Canvasback   1   19     20
13 Redhead         3   3
14 Ring-necked Duck         14   14
15 Greater Scaup       881 2071 3887 6839
16 Lesser Scaup       1 10 41 52
17 Surf Scoter           1 1
18 White-winged Scoter           10 10
  Black Scoter           CW CW
19 Long-tailed Duck         2 384 386
20 Bufflehead   3 1 404 207 217 832
21 Common Goldeneye       83 63 33 179
22 Hooded Merganser 5 13 29 17 65 122 251
23 Common Merganser   6       2 8
24 Red-breasted Merganser       98 41 138 277
25 Ruddy Duck   22 1   80 15 118
26 Ring-necked Pheasant           1 1
27 Wild Turkey       1 8 18 27
28 Red-throated Loon       2 4 27 33
29 Common Loon       1 2 6 9
30 Horned Grebe       20 1 2 23
31 Northern Gannet           2 2 9th record ( 9th since 1998)
32 Double-crested Cormorant       6 16 8 30
33 Great Cormorant       5 6 27 38
34 Great Blue Heron 1 3 6 8 10 13 41
35 Black-crowned Night-Heron       1   1 2
36 Black Vulture 2           2 2nd count record (2003)
37 Turkey Vulture   10     4 1 15
38 Bald Eagle 1 1 1     1 4 3 ad, 1 imm. Tied high count
39 Northern Harrier       1   CW 1
40 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 1 1 3 4 6 17
41 Cooper's Hawk 1 2 4 1 4 5 17
42 Northern Goshawk     1       1
  accipiter, sp 1   1       2
43 Red-shouldered Hawk   1 1       2
44 Red-tailed Hawk 11 13 13 18 22 26 103
45 American Kestrel     2 1     3
46 Peregrine Falcon   1 2 3   2 8
47 Clapper Rail           3 3
48 Virginia Rail           5 5
49 Killdeer         4 2 6
50 Ruddy Turnstone           4 4
51 Purple Sandpiper           71 71
52 American Woodcock           2 2
53 Laughing Gull         1   1
54 Bonaparte's Gull         14 37 51
55 Ring-billed Gull 124 450 378 895 627 572 3046
56 Herring Gull 2 10 38 220 359 224 853
57 Great Black-backed Gull 12 7 9 44 16 117 205
58 Rock Pigeon 79 283 464 245 412 145 1628
59 Mourning Dove 37 45 51 85 161 133 512
60 Monk Parakeet       22 14   36
61 Eastern Screech-Owl 3       3 1 7
62 Great Horned Owl   1 2 2   5 10
63 Long-eared Owl       2     2
64 Northern Saw-whet Owl       1     1
65 Belted Kingfisher 1 1 1 3 7 11 24
66 Red-bellied Woodpecker 12 11 34 26 51 70 204
67 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1   3 2 10 4 20
68 Downy Woodpecker 5 10 22 27 42 62 168
69 Hairy Woodpecker 4 4 4 13 18 13 56
70 Northern (Yel.-sh.)Flicker   2 3 3 4 9 21
71 Blue Jay 40 46 134 86 130 170 606
72 American Crow 20 30 124 64 193 113 544
73 Fish Crow       25 65 7 97 New High Count (77 in 1964)
74 Common Raven 2 (2) (2)       2 4th count record (same pair seen)
75 Horned Lark       8     8
76 Black-capped Chickadee 47 10 35 18 59 119 288 33 year low
77 Tufted Titmouse 38 17 46 21 79 99 300 25 year low
78 Red-breasted Nuthatch   1 10 1   1 13
79 White-breasted Nuthatch 6 6 31 18 44 51 156
80 Brown Creeper   1 2   3   6
81 Carolina Wren 7 8 10 36 61 79 201
82 House Wren         1   1
83 Winter Wren 2   5 1 8 7 23
84 Marsh Wren           2 2
85 Golden-crowned Kinglet     5   5 2 12
86 Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1 1   1 3
87 Hermit Thrush 1   2   2   5 23 year low
88 American Robin 34 8 632 157 449 449 1729 New High Count (1117 in 2008)
89 Gray Catbird   1 1 4 2 9 17
90 Northern Mockingbird 10 9 23 22 16 20 100 33 year low
91 Brown Thrasher       4     4
92 European Starling 144 242 1430 211 515 312 2854
93 American Pipit       1     1
94 Cedar Waxwing 10     37 8 10 65
95 Yellow-rumped Warbler           2 2
96 Pine Warbler     2       2 5th count record
97 Eastern Towhee       5 6 5 16
98 American Tree Sparrow     2 28 1 70 101
99 Field Sparrow     2     3 5
100 Savannah Sparrow     1       1
101 Salt-marsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow           1 1
102 Fox Sparrow   1 5 27 4 2 39
103 Song Sparrow 17 15 42 71 40 175 360
104 Swamp Sparrow     1 3 2 9 15
105 White-throated Sparrow 86 135 501 271 363 418 1774
106 White-crowned Sparrow   1         1
107 Dark-eyed (Slate col.) Junco 70 94 136 62 131 63 556
108 Northern Cardinal 50 21 75 66 92 101 405
109 Red-winged Blackbird   31 336 20 8 32 427
110 Rusty Blackbird     1   2 1 4
111 Common Grackle   2 6535 12 405 155 7109 New High Count (4588 in 1982)
112 Brown-headed Cowbird 2   1   5 1 9
113 Baltimore Oriole     4       4 New High Count ( 7th time in 11 years)
114 Purple Finch           2 2
115 House Finch 16 7 33   20 43 119 30 year low
116 American Goldfinch 12 18 36 57 125 93 341
117 House Sparrow 90 212 525 119 433 252 1631
Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye TOTALS
Number of Saves 1 1 5 6 5 12
Number of Species 41 52 65 74 79 91 117
Totals 1495 2609 13076 7903 13951 11712 50746

Missed Species: Northern Pintail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Pileated Woodpecker.

Michael Bochnik
Compiler
BochnikM@cs.com

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