91st Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
December 28, 2014

The Bronx-Westchester CBC has seen 227 different species of birds seen over its 90  year history.
Summary (updated up to 2013)
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    The 91st Bronx-Westchester CBC found 124 species, just 2 shy of its record on Sunday December 28, 2014. This is the third year in a row with 120 species or more. Highlights included a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the Bronx Zoo, an Indigo Bunting at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, Great and Snowy Egret in Pelham Bay Park and a Glaucous Gull off Milton Point in Rye (first one in 35 years). Other finds were all three scoters and Northern Gannet in Long Island Sound, a Ring-necked Pheasant in Soundview Park, three Merlin, 14 Eastern Bluebirds, three Common Yellowthroats, 2 Palm Warblers, White-crowned Sparrow and three Pine Siskin. 

    A new high count was set for Gadwall for the second year in a row with 480. Low counts included Mute Swan, 36 year low; Ruddy Duck, 34 year low; Sharp-shunned Hawk, 21 year low; and there were only 3 Canvasback, lowest since missed in 1946!

     The day started out wet, but by mid morning the rain stopped and we enjoyed temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

     Thanks to a tremendous turnout in the East Bronx territory - we had 103 participants, a new record and only the second time the count had 100 or more. Thanks everyone for all your effort.

 
Snow Geese in Van Cortlandt Park
Photo by Debbie Dolan
   
Indigo Bunting at Marshlands Conservancy
Photos by Gail Benson


Cackling Goose (left) with Canada Goose at Van Cortlandt    

    Count Week birds included Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Redhead, Red-necked Grebe, Black Vulture.

    Missed Species included Black-crowned Night Heron, Virginia Rail, Dunlin, and Pileated Woodpecker.

    Next year’s count is scheduled for Sunday, December 27, 2015.

  Species  (AOU 53rd) Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye   Total  
  Greater White-fronted Goose           CW   CW  
1 Snow Goose     2         2  
   Snow Goose (blue from)         CW     CW  
2 Brant       1358 110 30   1498  
3 Canada Goose 266 627 1476 1521 2333 918   7141  
  CACKLING GOOSE     CW     CW   CW  
4 Mute Swan   2   44 13 14   73  36 Year Low
5 Wood Duck   30 20         50  
6 Gadwall   1 CW 134 213 133   481  New High Count (378 in 2013)
7 Eurasian Wigeon         1     1  
8 American Widgeon       6 98 19   123  
9 American Black Duck 4 9 24 420 64 344   865  
10 Mallard 65 86 476 175 513 173   1488  
  mallard hybrid       1 6 2   9  
11 Northern Shoveler   2     14     16  
12 Northern Pintail         1     1  
13 Green-winged Teal (Am.)   1 1   9     11  
14 Canvasback   3           3  Lowest Since Missed in 1946
  Redhead           CW   CW  
15 Ring-necked Duck   1     20 2   23  
16 Greater Scaup       1150 331 86   1567  
17 Lesser Scaup       71 3 18   92  
  scaup, sp       8000   58   8058  
18 Surf Scoter           2   2  
19 White-winged Scoter           44   44  
20 Black Scoter         1 1   2  
21 Long-tailed Duck 1     4 4 115   124  
22 Bufflehead 2 2   471 223 255   953  
23 Common Goldeneye     1 75 26 24   126  
24 Hooded Merganser   19 16 11 104 44   194  
25 Common Merganser 6 18 1   12 1   38  
26 Red-breasted Merganser       172 78 163   413  
27 Ruddy Duck   2 2 9 28     41  34 Year Low
28 Ring-necked Pjheasant       1       1  
29 Wild Turkey   9   5 11 14   39  
30 Red-throated Loon       2   23   25  
31 Common Loon       4 5 15   24  
32 Pied-billed Grebe       1 1 2   4  
33 Horned Grebe       13   3   16  
  Red-necked Grebe           CW   CW  
34 Northern Gannet           1   1  
35 Double-crested Cormorant 1 2 14 17 7 11   52  
36 Great Cormorant       20 6 12   38  
37 Great Blue Heron 1 4 3 8 4 20   40  
38 Great Egret       1       1  
39 Snowy Egret       1       1  
  Black Vulture CW             CW  
40 Turkey Vulture 1 CW       1   2  
11 Bald Eagle   adult(s)       1   1   2  
                     unknown 1             1  
42 Northern Harrier       1       1  
43 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1     2 3 1   7  21 Year Low
44 Cooper's Hawk     4   1 5   10  
     accipiter, sp. 1             1  
45 Red-shouldered Hawk 1     1       2  
46 Red-tailed Hawk 12 10 14 19 13 9   77  
47 Clapper Rail           2   2  
48 American Coot         4 1   5  
49 Killdeer       16 7     23  
50 Ruddy Turnstone         15     15  
51 Purple Sandpiper       9 20 21   50  
52 Wilson's Snipe           1   1  
53 American Woodcock       2   1   3  Tied High Count (1990)
54 Bonaparte's Gull         1     1  
55 Ring-billed Gull 47 777 168 916 710 249   2867  
56 Herring Gull 7 14 68 485 101 353   1028  
57 Glaucous Gull           1   1  1st since 1979
58 Great Black-backed Gull 2 5 34 68 11 45   165  
59 Rock Pigeon 88 245 186 410 303 63   1295  
60 Mourning Dove 195 158 95 183 173 314   1118  
61 Eastern Screech-Owl   1     5 4   10  
62 Great Horned Owl   1 1 5 2 5   14  
63 Barrred Owl 1     CW       1  
64 Long-eared Owl       1       1  
65 Belted Kingfisher   1 1 2 3 5   12  
66 Red-bellied Woodpecker 23 43 30 28 44 54   222  
67 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 6 4 10 3 7 7   37  
68 Downy Woodpecker 17 36 34 39 41 52   219  
69 Hairy Woodpecker 10 4 7 10 14 14   59  
70 Northern Flicker 2 1 1 5 2 7   18  
71 American Kestrel     2 2 1 1   6  
72 Merlin 1     1   1   3  
73 Peregrine Falcon     2         2  
74 Monk Parakeet         2     2  
75 Blue Jay 44 134 245 124 129 122   798  
76 American Crow 29 26 46 35 147 26   309  
77 Fish Crow 2 24   1 46 6   79  
78 Common Raven 2 1 1 4 CW     8  
79 Black-capped Chickadee 51 111 277 93 109 204   845  
80 Tufted Titmouse 53 91 111 56 97 114   522  
81 Red-breasted Nuthatch 2   2   1 1   6  
82 White-breasted Nuthatch 17 53 48 16 47 75   256  
83 Brown Creeper 1   3   4 6   14  
84 Winter Wren 4 1 6 3 11 5   30  
85 Marsh Wren       1       1  
86 Carolina Wren 17 16 18 9 34 44   138  
87 Golden-crowned Kinglet   1   3   6   10  
88 Ruby-crowned Kinglet   1 1     2   4  
89 Eastern Bluebird 3 5     2 4   14  
90 Hermit Thrush   2 7   2 8   19  
91 American Robin 2 198 110 96 60 105   571  
92 Gray Catbird 3 1 1 3   2   10  
93 Brown Thrasher       1   CW   1  
94 Northern Mockingbird 15 10 22 21 21 16   105  
95 European Starling 231 429 403 1130 674 999   3866  
96 American Pipit           1   1  
97 Cedar Waxwing   9   2   2   13  
98 Common Yellowthroat 1     1   1   3  
99 Palm Warbler       2       2  
100 Yellow-rumped Warbler       1       1  
101 Eastern Towhee 2 1 1 3 3 2   12  
102 American Tree Sparrow 5 2   63 8 91   169  
103 Chipping Sparrow         2 CW   2  
104 Field Sparrow 6       2 6   14  
105 Savannah Sparrow       1       1  
106 sharp-tailed sparrow           1   1  
107 Fox Sparrow     5 26 4 5   40  
108 Song Sparrow 25 29 32 122 86 128   422  
109 Swamp Sparrow 2   3 10 2 9   26  
110 White-throated Sparrow 73 149 303 277 196 291   1289  
111 White-crowned Sparrow   1           1  
112 Dark-eyed (Slate col.) Junco 63 187 358 70 214 262   1154  
113 Northern Cardinal 41 71 74 84 94 65   429  
114 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK     1         1  4th record (1959, 1982, 1987)
115 INDIGO BUNTING           1   1  4th record (1975, 2006, 2007)
116 Red-winged Blackbird     35 130 2 82   249  
117 Rusty Blackbird     6     CW   6  
118 Common Grackle 1   19 1 1 16   38  
119 Brown-headed Cowbird     4 44   20   68  
120 House Finch 7 124 10 17 47 54   259  
121 Purple Finch     2 2   3   7  
122 Pine Siskin         2 1   3  
123 American Goldfinch 41 77 87 81 100 145   531  
124 House Sparrow 175 601 515 371 304 171   2137  

  CW = Seen count week but not on count day ( 3days prior and 3 days after)

  Missed Species: Black-crowned Night Heron, Virginia Rail, Dunlin, Pileated Woodpecker

  Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye   Total
Number of Saves 1 2 4 10 6 9    
Number of Species 54 59 60 85 82 94    124
Totals 1680 4473 5449 18808 8173 6867   45450

Michael Bochnik
Compiler
BochnikM@cs.com

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