With one or two feeder data sheets outstanding, the following preliminary
numbers for the count on 12/31/05 indicate a banner year for CBC #106/32. Two
new species were recorded, namely Great Black-backed Gull and Cape May
Warbler bringing the grand total, over the 32 years, to 95! Record numbers were
set for 13 species either equaling previous totals or exceeding them. They
include: Wood Duck 2 (2), Peregrine Falcon 1 (1), Barred Owl 6 (6), Downy
Woodpecker 155 (118), Hairy Woodpecker 76 (66), Common Raven 25 (19), Black-capped
Chickadee 1768 (1718), Tufted Titmouse 152 (127), White-breasted Nuthatch
232 (180), Carolina Wren 6 (4), Northern Cardinal 191 (155), Lapland Longspur 2
(1), American Goldfinch 383 (369).
The number of species was 57 (55) and the number of individual birds 10,016
(9,939). The ten year running average for species is 51 and for individual
birds is 8,887.
At the count down pot luck supper the general comment from team leaders was
the record number of different species that they had logged. The tabulations
bear them out!
Congratulations to the eight field teams and six home feeder watchers! It
was a good day and a good 'excuse' for an early night!
( ) indicates previous record.
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