Article in: Bird Conservation
January 5, 2012
We have completed collecting data from our field teams for the 4th Rock Cut State Park Christmas Bird Count. Here are the results.
The first three years:
Year 1 – 47 species, 11,952 birds
Year 2 – 44 species, 3,637 birds
Year 3 – 32 species, 1,072 birds
Year 4 – 54 species, 8,659 birds
We are happy to announce we tallied a record number of species for this count circle! This brings the average number of species to around 44 per year.
Total number of birds were up from the last 2 years as well. This is due to another large number of Canada Geese: 5,712.
Some big highlights:
1 Golden Eagle and 1 Ross’s Goose were both highly unexpected and new for the circle.
2 Northern Shrikes, 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 3 Hermit Thrushes, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and 1 Pileated Woodpecker were all nice finds.
The only real disappointment was that the Lesser Black-backed Gull sighted during the count week was not relocated. It goes in the books as a CW (count week) bird, but would have been a great species #55.