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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.
 
Cheers,
Roy Pilcher
Proctor, Vermont. 

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