The Burlington circle CBC was held on December 18, 2011 under relatively warm, windless, snowless conditions. Fifty-nine participants identified 71 species in the circle, just short of the 2005 record of 73 species. Remarkably, we established record counts of American Robins (2191), European Starlings (4598), American Crows (2805), and Common Ravens (25). Woodpeckers generally were well represented in the count with a record number of Hairy Woodpeckers (63) observed. Record counts of Carolina Wrens (8) and Yellow-rumped Warblers (4) were seen, as well.
Lake Champlain in our area was ice-free. Accordingly, respectable numbers of ducks and geese appeared in the count and record numbers of Common Loon (12) and Gadwall (4) were seen. Other notable, record-tying counts of Hermit Thrush (2), Peregrine Falcon (2), Chipping Sparrow (1), and a late-departing Baltimore Oriole (1) were reported. A Long-eared Owl was heard, but not seen in South Burlington and a Great-Horned Owl was seen during count week in South Burlington, as well.
Further details about the Burlington CBC can be found on the GMAS website at http://greenmountainaudubon.org .
Thanks to Shirley Johnson and Eric Lazarus for organizing this event and compiling the CBC results.