Christmas Bird Count

The 20th Sandwich Christmas Bird Count was on Sunday, Dec. 28. It started out mild and rainy but the rain ended by 9 or 10 am and the remainder of the day was generally dry and mild. The best coverage the count has ever had combined with a very warm December to shatter many count records. There was as much open water as we ever see for the count. The species total of 54 was well above the old record of 48. The 4167 birds made for the first time we have counted over 4000.

New count birds were Black Scoter, Horned Grebe, Merlin and Yellow-rumped Warbler.

New count highs for Am. Black Duck-61, Common Goldeneye-26, Hooded Merganser-21, Red-bellied Woodpecker-4, Song Sparrow-3, Northern Cardinal-38, Rusty blackbird-2

Northern Goshawk and Red-winged Blackbird were seen for the second time on count day. 7 Common Loons, and 2 Belted Kingfishers tied records.

Other highlights:
Common Merganser-390, about a dozen shy of the record
Bald Eagle-3
Northern Flicker-1
Black-capped Chickadee-1021, first time over 1000 in 10 years
Eastern Bluebird-15, one shy of our record
Am. Robin-419, just 8 from the record
Snow Bunting-9
White-throated Sparrow-14, 2nd highest
Red Crossbill-20, 2nd highest, just one from the record

Here is the list with the 19-year mean in parentheses.

Am. Black Duck            61 (10)
Mallard                         115 (28)
Common Goldeneye     26
Black Scoter              7
Hooded Merganser        21
Common Merganser     390
Wild Turkey             46 (60)
Ruffed Grouse             9 (5)
Common Loon             7
Horned Grebe             26
Bald Eagle             3 (1)
Northern Goshawk        1
Red-tailed Hawk            3 (1)
Ring-billed Gull              5
Herring Gull                    5
Merlin               1
Rock Pigeon                  28 (18)
Mourning Dove              123(143)
Barred Owl                     2 (3)
Red-bld Woodpecker     4 (1)
Downy Woodpecker       65 (44)
Hairy Woodpecker          45 (45)
Northern Flicker              1
Pileated Woodpecker     11 (7)
Belted Kingfisher   2
Northern Shrike               1 (2)
Blue Jay                          273 (212)
American Crow               138 (61)
Common Raven              16 (17)
B-C Chickadee               1033 (722)
Tufted Titmouse               96 (56)
Red-br Nuthatch              102 (56)
White-br Nuthatch           190 (102)
Brown Creeper                16 (11)
Golden-cr Kinglet             7 (14)
Eastern Bluebird              15 (3)
American Robin               419 (39)
European Starling            46 (93)
Cedar Waxwing               105 (38)
Yellow-rumped Warbler    1
Am. Tree Sparrow            25 (21)
Song Sparrow                3
White-thrtd Sparrow         14 (3)
Snow Bunting                9 (6)
Dark-eyed Junco             128 (101)
Northern Cardinal            38 (11)
Red-winged Blackbird      1
Rusty Blackbird                2
Purple Finch                3 (6)
House Finch                6
Red Crossbill         20 (6)
Common Redpoll              5
Am. Goldfinch                   431 (360)
House Sparrow                20 (25)

Totals:  54 species (40);      4167 individuals (2634)

Count Week birds:  Pine Siskin, Evening Grosbeak

Tony Vazzano
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