96th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 22, 2019

    The 96th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count found 115 species on Sunday December 22, 2019. An additional 3 species were seen count week. Highlights included a 4th record for Greater White-fronted Goose at Edith G Read Sanctuary in Rye; Lesser Black-backed Gull in Manor Park; Count Week Red-headed Woodpecker in Pelham Bay; House Wren; 15 Chipping Sparrows; White-crowned Sparrow; Yellow-breasted Chat in Marshlands Conservancy; Five species of Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler in the Botanical Gardens; two Nashville Warblers, one at Rory O’Moore Park in Yonkers, the other at a feeder in Harrison; Common Yellowthroat in Van Cortlandt; 6 Pine Warblers in the Botanical Gardens and Kings Point; 7 Yellow-rumped Warblers; and a 5th record of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at a feeder in Mamaroneck.


Snow Goose (Nathan O'Reilly)

 

 

 


Rose-breasted Grosbeak
(Violet Brill)

 


Rose-breasted Grosbeak
(Violet Brill)

 

 

 

    Notable high counts included 345 Red-bellied Woodpeckers and 232 Carolina Wrens. American Widgeon set a 67-year low. Common Merganser set a 89-year high.

    The count set a record with 134 field participants plus 11 people at feeders,

  Species  (AOU 53rd) Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye Kings Point   Total  
1 Snow Goose     2    

CW

    2  
2 Greater White-fronted Goose           1     1  
3 Brant     3 578 48 130 32   791  
4 Canada Goose 976 658 192 1773 2396 620 15   6630  
5 Mute Swan   1 3 9 4 43     60  
6 Wood Duck   3 34   7       44  
7 Northern Shoveler     25 4         29  
8 Gadwall     2 96 49 65     212  
9 American Widgeon         12 19     31  67-year low
10 Mallard 64 134 444 188 445 218 7   1500  
    mallard hybrid     1           1  
11 American Black Duck 16 14 9 298 180 150     667  
12 Northern Pintail         1 1     2  
13 Green-winged Teal         2 1     3  
  Canvasback          

CW

   

CW

 
14 Ring-necked Duck   5     8       13  
15 Greater Scaup       2595 451 142 720   3908  
16 Lesser Scaup       40 10 35 3   88  
    scaup, sp       315         315  
17 Surf Scoter       31   1     32  
18 White-winged Scoter       3         3  
19 Long-tailed Duck       51 41 96 4   192  
20 Bufflehead 9   15 740 137 181 40   1122  18-year high
21 Common Goldeneye       124 4 19 52   199 15-year high
22 Hooded Merganser 8 35 16 14 64 38     175  
23 Common Merganser 380 223       5     608  89-year high;   2nd highest ever
24 Red-breasted Merganser       144 83 93 1   321  
25 Ruddy Duck   8 61 3 1

CW

    73  
26 Wild Turkey

CW

  2     27     29  
27 Pied-billed Grebe    

CW

3         3  
28 Horned Grebe       1   8 17   26  22-year high
29 Rock Pigeon 88 194 455 574 72 143     1526  
30 Mourning Dove 58 79 199 168 270 156 8   938  
31 American Coot         1       1  
32 Killdeer       1 1 7     9  
33 Purple Sandpiper       4 4 9     17  
34 American Woodcock       1         1  
35 Ring-billed Gull 101 419 143 818 510 157 15   2163  
36 Herring Gull 5 67 69 1064 88 222 27   1542  
37 Lesser Black-backed Gull         1       1  
38 Great Black-backed Gull 7 15 14 51 14 33 2   136  
39 Red-throated Loon       9   11 5   25  
40 Common Loon       16 11 13 1   41  
41 Double-crested Cormorant   2 1 3 6 2     14  
42 Great Cormorant       4 3 18     25  
    cormorant, sp         3       3  
43 Great Blue Heron 4 3 6 8 12 24     57  
44 Black-crowned Night-Heron     1     1     2  
45 Black Vulture 5 1     1       7  
46 Turkey Vulture 20 1 1 2 4 9     37  
47 Bald Eagle  2     2 2 1     7  
48 Northern Harrier             1   1  
49 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1   1 1 2 1 1   7  
50 Cooper's Hawk 2 2 6 4 2 5     21  
51 Red-shouldered Hawk     2   1 2 1   6  
52 Red-tailed Hawk 22 10 16 20 14 12     94  
53 Eastern Screech-Owl 2   1   3 1     7  
54 Great Horned Owl    

CW

4 2 2     8  
55 Barred Owl 1     1 1       3  
56 Belted Kingfisher 1   1 7 4 7     20  
  Red-headed Woodpecker      

CW

       

CW

 
57 Red-bellied Woodpecker 40 31 88 70 51 51 14   345  New High Count (305 in 2013)
58 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 2 9 3 3 4     23  
59 Downy Woodpecker 20 17 26 44 36 30 7   180  
60 Hairy Woodpecker 4 4 5 17 4 13 9   56  
61 Northern Flicker 1 1 7 9 4 9 2   33  
62 Pileated Woodpecker 2         2     4  
63 American Kestrel     1 5   1     7  
64 Merlin 1               1  
65 Peregrine Falcon     3 1 1       5  
66 Monk Parakeet         20       20  
67 Blue Jay 118 78 534 168 135 147 24   1204  18-year high
68 American Crow 12 29 22 27 56 46 5   197  
69 Fish Crow 10 269 5 16 44 15 2   361  
   crow,sp 3               3  
70 Common Raven 5   3 2 1 2 2   15  
  Horned Lark          

CW

   

CW

 
71 Black-capped Chickadee 36 11 20 16 41 49 1   174  
72 Tufted Titmouse 35 10 36 11 31 53 2   178  
73 Red-breasted Nuthatch     2   3       5  
74 White-breasted Nuthatch 29 16 27 13 44 28 5   162  
75 Brown Creeper 1   3 3 1 2     10  
76 House Wren         1       1  
77 Winter Wren 2 1 2 2 3 7 9   26  
78 Carolina Wren 53 23 10 45 34 57 10   232  New High Count (218 in 2002)
79 Golden-crowned Kinglet   2 7 5 2 3     19  
80 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3   3   3 1 1   11  
81 Eastern Bluebird           4     4  
82 Hermit Thrush     4   5 4 1   14  
83 American Robin 11 20 163 44 26 205 4   473  
84 Gray Catbird       6 1 2 1   10  
85 Brown Thrasher       1         1  
86 Northern Mockingbird 13 10 36 25 13 25 2   124  
87 European Starling 435 145 351 1035 193 700 86   2945  
88 Cedar Waxwing

CW

  8 8   4     20  
89 House Sparrow 136 253 449 445 219 217 32   1751  
90 House Finch 23 26 23 41 60 60 8   241  
91 American Goldfinch 29 44 60 26 28 55 33   275  
92 Snow Bunting           1     1  
93 Eastern Towhee     3 23 3 15     44  18-year high
94 American Tree Sparrow   2   17   41     60  
95 Chipping Sparrow 3 2 9       1   15  19-year high; 2nd highest ever
96 Field Sparrow 8   1 7 1 12     29  
97 Savannah Sparrow       4         4  
98 Fox Sparrow 2   7 43 6 27 7   92  
99 Song Sparrow 126 47 263 77 76 160 11   760  27-year high
100 Swamp Sparrow 1 2 4 12 1 22 1   43  
101 White-throated Sparrow 246 161 740 451 496 369 128   2591  17-year high
102 White-crowned Sparrow     1           1  
103 Dark-eyed (Slate col.) Junco 47 63 377 48 155 244 47   981  
104 Yellow-breatsed Chat           1     1  
105 Red-winged Blackbird 11   5 50 3 111 1   181  
106 Brown-headed Cowbird     4 36         40  
107 Rusty Blackbird     195           195  46-year high
108 Common Grackle   8 237 3295 2357 589     6486  
109 Orange-crowned Warbler     1           1  
110 Nashville Waebler   1       1     2  
111 Common Yellowthroat     1           1  
112 Pine Warbler     2       4   6  Tied High Count
113 Yellow-rumped Warbler     1 4   2     7  
114 Northern Cardinal 67 56 76 76 61 83 18   437  18-year high
115 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK         1       1  

 

  Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye Kings Point      
115 Number of Saves 1 0 5 5 5 4 1      
Number of Species 54 49 74 81 83 87 50   115  
Totals 3307 3208 5559 16003 9198 6203 1430   44908  

Missed Species: Canvasback, Virginia Rail, Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin, Marsh Wren, Purple Finch.

Participants in Field 13 14 34 34 26 11 2   134  
Parties min 5 2 9 8 6 6 1   37  
Parties max 5 2 9 10 7 6 1   40  
Participants at feeders 0 9 0 0 1 1 0   11  
Hours at Feeders 0 4 0 0 1 1 0   10  
Owling hours 2 1.5 0 0 2.5 2 0   8  
Owling Miles 0.5 5 0 0 15 14 0   34.5  
Foot Hour 30 11 56 56 50 43 5.5   251.5  
Foot Miles 22 14 38 28.5 20 26 3   151.5  
Car Hours 3 7 3 1 7 6.5 0   27.5  
Car Miles 90 38 12 6 75 60 0   281  

     Thirty people enjoyed the compilation dinner at the Lenoir Nature Center. Thanks to all who participated either in the field or counting at your feeders.  Next Year’s Count will be Sunday, December 27, 2020.

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