87th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
December 26, 2010

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    The 87th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count found 106 species on Sunday December 26, 2010, despite an impending blizzard that eventually dumped 17-20 inches of snow on the area. Snow started falling mid to late morning. Seventy-three participants braved the deteriorating conditions and everyone seem to have made it safely home. The count dinner had to be cancelled. A BIG thank you to everyone who covered as much as they could. We had 131 party hours. Our count normally averages 200.

    A very cold December made half-hardies hard to find. Not surprisingly - no warblers were found, this is only the 5th time this has happened; the other years were 1924, 1925, 1995, and 2008. Despite this a number of highlights were found.

Highlights include:

    High Counts were found for Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, and Long-tailed Duck.

    All time low counts were noted for: Common Goldeneye and Herring Gull. As expected there were numerous other low counts.

    Missed Species included Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Black-crowned Night Heron, American Coot, Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin, Brown Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Field Sparrow, and Savannah Sparrow.
 

Species Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye   Total  
1 Snow Goose       6 24     30  
2 Brant       1048 25 49   1122  
3 Canada Goose 404 680 1074 2019 2006 832   7015  
4 Mute Swan   2 1 58 6 78   145  
5 Wood Duck   2 2   1 6   11  
6 Gadwall       31 31 60   122  
7 American Wigeon       18 108 133   259  
8 American Black Duck 14 22 28 133 98 80   375 79 year low
9 Mallard 47 263 288 110 238 229   1175  
  Mallard hybrid 1       1 2   4  
10 Northern Shoveler     1 10       11  
11 Green-winged Teal (Am.)   7           7  
12 Canvasback   3       13   16  
13 Greater Scaup       145 1530 27   1702  
14 Lesser Scaup         10 140   150  
15 Surf Scoter           70   70 New High Count (60 in 1945)
16 White-winged Scoter           615   615 59 year High
17 Black Scoter           2   2  
18 Long-tailed Duck         8 424   432 New High Count (396 in 2003)
19 Bufflehead       104 55 164   323 43 year low
20 Common Goldeneye       10 6 29   45 Ties all time low (45 also in 2006)
21 Hooded Merganser   3 14 13 9 45   84  
22 Common Merganser CW 4       3   7  
23 Red-breasted Merganser       25 26 77   128  
24 Ruddy Duck   90   155 111 16   372  
25 Ring-necked Pheasant         1     1  
26 Wild Turkey   4 6     10   20  
27 Red-throated Loon           3   3  
28 Common Loon   1       4   5  
29 Horned Grebe       4   3   7  
30 Red-necked Grebe           1   1  
31 Northern Gannet           1   1  
32 Double-crested Cormorant   1 2 1 4 4   12  
33 Great Cormorant     1   6 14   21  
34 Great Blue Heron   1 1 1 3 24   30  
35 Great Egret         1     1 8th time on count (5th in 10 years)
36 Turkey Vulture CW 2       CW   2  
37 Bald Eagle     1 CW   CW   1  
38 Northern Harrier       1 CW 2   3  
39 Sharp-shinned Hawk     5 1 2 1   9  
40 Cooper's Hawk CW 1 2 2 1 1   7  
41 Red-shouldered Hawk 1             1  
42 Red-tailed Hawk 3 4 13 16 14 15   65 20 year low
43 American Kestrel   2 1         3  
44 Merlin           1   1  
45 Peregrine Falcon     2 1 1 1   5  
46 Killdeer       1   4   5  
47 Purple Sandpiper           16   16  
48 American Woodcock       2       2  
49 Laughing Gull         1     1  
50 Ring-billed Gull 51 455 150 354 258 148   1416 40 year low
51 Herring Gull   7 35 60 33 274   409 All time low
52 Great Black-backed Gull 1 11 3 19 5 51   90  
53 Rock Pigeon 28 615 411 114 185 70   1423  
54 Mourning Dove 29 14 101 82 160 144   530  
55 Monk Parakeet       11       11  
56 Eastern Screech-Owl 2       5 4   11  
57 Great Horned Owl     2 1 3 3   9  
58 Northern Saw-whet Owl     1         1  
59 Belted Kingfisher   1 1 1 1 4   8  
60 Red-bellied Woodpecker 11 9 31 30 35 41   157  
61 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   2 8 3 2 3   18  
62 Downy Woodpecker 14 12 25 29 24 24   128 34 year low
63 Hairy Woodpecker 1 2 9   9 7   28  
64 Northern (Yel.-sh.)Flicker   1 2   1 4   8 22 year low
65 Pileated Woodpecker 1       1     2  
66 Blue Jay 45 20 173 41 73 67   419  
67 American Crow 18 17 111 36 69 62   313 42 year low
68 Fish Crow     1 3 81 2   87  
69 Common Raven         2     2  
70 Black-capped Chickadee 61 22 125 85 86 209   588  
71 Tufted Titmouse 18 4 57 47 35 55   216 26 year low
72 Red-breasted Nuthatch CW   3         3  
73 White-breasted Nuthatch 5 4 38 13 34 25   119  
74 Brown Creeper     2     2   4  
75 Carolina Wren 15 3 10 10 19 36   93  
76 Winter Wren 3   5 2 4 3   17  
77 Marsh Wren         1 1   2  
wren, sp         4     4  
78 Golden-crowned Kinglet   1 2         3  
79 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1             1  
  kinglet sp           1   1  
80 Eastern Bluebird         12     12  
81 Hermit Thrush 1   6 1   3   11  
82 American Robin 4 1 128 110 27 94   364  
83 Gray Catbird   2   1 1 1   5 32 year low
84 Northern Mockingbird 8 2 18 13 14 21   76 36 year low
85 European Starling 187 391 638 87 611 433   2347  
  American Pipit           CW   CW  
86 Cedar Waxwing         7     7 23 year low
87 Eastern Towhee 1   1 2   1   5  
88 American Tree Sparrow 16   2 8 1 44   71  
  Savannah Sparrow           CW   CW  
89 Nelson's Sparrow           1   1  
90 Fox Sparrow     6 47 1 9   63  
91 Song Sparrow 16 12 39 61 27 81   236  
92 Swamp Sparrow     1 14 1 5   21  
93 White-throated Sparrow 120 65 747 363 370 257   1922  
94 White-crowned Sparrow     1   1     2  
95 Dark-eyed (Slate col.) Junco 70 157 498 191 233 344   1493  
96 Northern Cardinal 38 31 56 35 67 66   293  
97 Red-winged Blackbird   4 30 430 1 1   466  
98 Rusty Blackbird     2 36       38  
99 Common Grackle 21 21 1 132 12     187  
100 Brown-headed Cowbird   3     1     4  
101 Purple Finch           9   9  
102 House Finch 32   47   31 36   146  
103 Common Redpoll     4     2   6  
104 Pine Siskin         1     1  
105 American Goldfinch 61 22 47 47 100 99   376  
106 House Sparrow 109 120 672 100 314 116   1431  

 

 

  Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye    
Number of Saves 2 2 3 2 8 10    
Number of Species 36 49 61 63 73 82   107
Totals 1458 3123 5692 6528 7266 6062   30159

 

Next year’s count will be Monday, December 26, 2011.

Michael Bochnik
Compiler
BochnikM@cs.com

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