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.