88th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
December 26, 2011

The Bronx-Westchester CBC has seen 224 different species of birds seen over its 88  year history.
Summary (updated up to 2011)
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    The Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count found 39,320 birds and 115 species on Monday, December 26. The count set a new record with 93 participants.   It was an interesting count. It had a split personality. Nine new high counts were offset by twelve common species with low numbers (20 or more year lows). American Tree Sparrow set an all time low for this 88 year count. 

Highlights:
A Greater White-fronted Goose in Van Cortlandt Park, The countís 2nd record (the 1st was in Harrison in 1981)
A Eurasian Wigeon reported from Premium Mill Pond, Larchmont
4 Surf Scoter off Rye
88 White-winged Scoter off Rye
A female Barrow's Goldeneye off City Island, The countís 3rd record
55 Northern Gannets, with 4 off City Island
9 Great Egret with 3 in Pelham Bay Park and a group of 6 together in Larchmont 
7 Black Vulture with 6 over Lenoir Nature Preserve, Yonkers and one over New Rochelle, The countís 3rd record
8 Bald Eagles
9 Red-shouldered Hawks, a 41 year high
3 Merlin, 2 in Woodlawn Cemetery and one on City Island
A Clapper Rail in Otter Creek, Rye
17 Greater Yellowlegs with 7 in Five Island Park, New Rochelle & 8 along the LI sound shore in the Bronx
7 Razorbill, 1 off City Island and 6 off Rye, The countís 2nd record
4 Common Raven, pair in Riverdale and a pair Pelham Bay Park
1 House Wren
An Orange-crowned Warbler - Pelham Bay Park
2 Palm Warbler near Split Rock in Pelham Bay Park
A Chipping Sparrow in Riverdale
A Saltmarsh Sparrow in Marshlands Conservancy
A White-crowned Sparrow in Bronx Botanical Gardens
Rusty Blackbirds in Pelham Bay Park and the Bronx Zoo

New High Counts
81 Red-throated Loon 81 (old high was 74 in 2002)
40 Common Loon (old high was 16 in 2002)
55 Northern Gannet (old high was 3 in 2007)
84 Double-crested Cormorant (old high was 80 in 2001)
9 Great Egret (old high was 3 in 2001)
7 Black Vulture (old high was 3 in 2003)
45 Turkey Vulture (old high was 31 in 2008)
8 Bald Eagle (old high was 4 in 2009)
17 Greater Yellowlegs (old high was 10 in 1988)
4 Common Raven (old high was 2 in 2007)

     Low numbers were noted for Mute Swan, Ruddy Duck, Purple Sandpiper, Northern Flicker, American Crow (53 year low), Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Cedar Waxwing, American Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and Northern Cardinal.

     Notable misses included Snow Goose, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Black-crowned Night Heron, Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin, Field Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird & Purple Finch.

 

Species

Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye   Total  
1 Greater White-fronted Goose     1         1  2nd Count Record
2 Brant       758 797 464   2019  
3 Canada Goose 137 707 706 900 2203 645   5298  
4 Mute Swan   9   36 14 32   91  25 year low
5 Wood Duck   4 3   2     9  
6 Gadwall     4 67 46 79   196  
7 Eurasian Wigeon         1     1  
8 American Widgeon       12 102 129   243  
9 American Black Duck 12 9 14 273 142 348   798  
10 Mallard 47 61 382 108 604 286   1488  
  mallard hybrid           5   5  
11 Northern Shoveler         15     15  
12 Green-winged Teal (Am.)         44     44  
13 Canvasback   5       7   12  
14 Ring-necked Duck   16           16  
15 Greater Scaup       9332 32 221   9585  
16 Lesser Scaup           17   17  
        scaup, sp.           1500   1500  
17 Surf Scoter           4   4  
18 White-winged Scoter           88   88  
19 Long-tailed Duck         20 89   109  
20 Bufflehead   3 2 164 171 243   583  
21 Common Goldeneye       138 15 31   184  
22 Barrow's Goldeneye       1       1  3rd Count Record , seen in 1991& 92
23 Hooded Merganser 4 25 29 7 83 62   210  
24 Common Merganser   8       5   13  
25 Red-breasted Merganser       86 43 66   195  
26 Ruddy Duck   35 3 3 27     68  31 year low
27 Wild Turkey   19 2 1   37   59  
28 Red-throated Loon       13 16 52   81  New High Count (74 in 2002)
29 Common Loon   1   2 26 11   40  New High Count (16 in 2002)
30 Pied-billed Grebe   1 2   4     7  
31 Horned Grebe       9   3   12  
32 Northern Gannet       4 4 47   55  New High Count (3 in 2007)
33 Double-crested Cormorant 1 1   8 26 48   84  New High Count (80 in 2001)
34 Great Cormorant       20 2 20   42  
35 Great Blue Heron 1 2 3 11 4 14   35  
36 Great Egret       3 6     9  9th record; New High Count (3 in 2001)
37 Black Vulture   6     1     7  3rd record; New High Count (3 in 2003)
38 Turkey Vulture 4 20 5   10 6   45  New High Count (31 in 2008)
39 Bald Eagle               8  New High Count (4 in 2009)
            adult(s) 1 3 1     1      
            immature(s)   1       1      
     eagle, sp. 1             1  
40 Northern Harrier       4       4  
41 Sharp-shinned Hawk   3 2   3

CW

  8  
42 Cooper's Hawk   1 6 3 4 2   16  
     accipiter, sp.         1     1  
43 Red-shouldered Hawk   2 2   1 4   9  41 year high
44 Red-tailed Hawk 10 22 22 21 24 23   122  
45 American Kestrel     1         1  
46 Merlin     2 1       3  
47 Peregrine Falcon   1 2 1 1 1   6  
48 Clapper Rail           1   1  
49 Virginia Rail           1   1  
50 American Coot   6       1   7  
51 Killdeer       8 5

CW

  13  
52 Greater Yellowlegs       8 9     17  New High Count (10 in 1988)
53 Purple Sandpiper           3   3  36 year low
54 Wilson's Snipe         1 1   2  
55 American Woodcock       1       1  
56 Bonaparte's Gull           21   21  
  Laughing Gull        

CW

   

CW

 
57 Ring-billed Gull 125 776 89 507 590 331   2418  
58 Herring Gull 2 101 30 550 285 677   1645  
59 Great Black-backed Gull 4 10 1 30 12 55   112  
60 Razorbill       1

CW

6   7  2nd Count Record
61 Rock Pigeon 30 541 306 171 263 41   1352  
62 Mourning Dove 62 86 170 195 202 95   810  
63 Monk Parakeet       4       4  
64 Eastern Screech-Owl 5 2     2 1   10  
65 Great Horned Owl     1 3   4   8  
66 Belted Kingfisher   3 2 7 3 5   20  
67 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 13 32 36 30 20   134  
68 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 1 5 1 3 1   12  
69 Downy Woodpecker 6 19 37 54 39 36   191  
70 Hairy Woodpecker   6 6 5 7 9   33  
71 Northern Flicker     2   3 2   7  33 year low
72 Pileated Woodpecker           1   1  
73 Blue Jay 2 34 111 111 50 45   353  
74 American Crow 40 24 32 27 56 52   231  53 year low
75 Fish Crow 1 1 1 15 53 2   73  
76 Common Raven     2 2       4  5th Record, New High Count (2 in 2007)
77 Black-capped Chickadee 2 19 29 11 53 53   167  44 year low
78 Tufted Titmouse 4 13 67 43 46 36   209  34 year low
79 Red-breasted Nuthatch     2 8       10  
80 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 13 37 15 25 18   112  
81 Brown Creeper     2   1     3  
82 Carolina Wren 12 9 6 9 14 33   83  
83 House Wren         1

CW

  1  
84 Winter Wren 3   6 6 7 15   37  
85 Marsh Wren           2   2  
86 Golden-crowned Kinglet   1 9   1 3   14  
87 Ruby-crowned Kinglet   1 2 1 1 1   6  
88 Hermit Thrush   1 2 3 4 4   14  
89 American Robin 13 34 257 76 108 123   611  
90 Gray Catbird   1 1 2 1 2   7  
91 Northern Mockingbird 7 10 25 14 16 13   85  
92 Brown Thrasher       2   1   3  
93 European Starling 360 479 380 319 186 509   2233  
94 Cedar Waxwing           1   1  34 year low
95 Orange-crowned Warbler       1       1  7th Count Record
96 Yellow-rumped Warbler           1   1  
97 Palm Warbler       2       2  
98 Eastern Towhee   1 1 7   1   10  
99 American Tree Sparrow 1 2   9 2 46   60  All Time Low !
100 Chipping Sparrow     1         1  
101 Savannah Sparrow       1   1   2  
102 Saltmarsh Sparrow           1   1  
103 Fox Sparrow     1 38   11   50  
104 Song Sparrow 24 23 48 36 64 131   326  
105 Swamp Sparrow       2 3 3   8  
106 White-throated Sparrow 77 48 409 81 187 232   1034  22 year low
107 White-crowned Sparrow     1         1  
108 Dark-eyed (Slate col.) Junco 33 79 158 17 88 96   471  35 year low
109 Northern Cardinal 33 21 39 43 62 60   258  28 year low
110 Red-winged Blackbird     3 82 2 18   105  
111 Rusty Blackbird     7 27       34  
112 Common Grackle     125   1     126  
113 House Finch 45 29 98 26 57 55   310  
114 American Goldfinch 7 34 55 60 45 12   213  
115 House Sparrow 273 296 513 113 371 203   1769  

 

CW = Seen count week but not on count day

 

  Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye  
Number of Saves 0 1 4 5 4 12    
Number of Species 37 59 65 77 76 86   115
Totals 1397 3702 4305 1476 7453 7687   39320

 

 

Next yearís count will be Sunday, December 23, 2012.

Michael Bochnik
Compiler
BochnikM@cs.com

Other links

http://www.thedailyscarsdale.com/neighbors/warmer-winter-leads-lower-christmas-bird-count

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/crowd-sourced-science-112-years-and-counting/?scp=1&sq=yarnold%20dot%20earth&st=cse

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