Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Count Summary

Herring Gull - most numerous species counted - [source: Wikipedia]

A summary of the final results of the 1912 Christmas Count
from Susan Elbin at the New York City Audubon:

The Central Park CBC was held on Sunday, Dec. 16.

The total number of species on our count this year was 56. (compared to 53 in 2011). We had a total of 5,721 individual birds. (compared to 3,288 in 2011). These results are only for the count day and do not include count week.

The highlights were:
Species                            #

Wood Duck-6
Black Duck-4
Northern Shoveler-28
Hooded Merganser-8
Ruddy Duck-55
Pied-billed Grebe-1
Double-crested Cormorant-2
Great Blue Heron-1
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Cooper's Hawk-3
Red-tailed Hawk-11
American Coot-9
Ring-billed Gull-267
Herring Gull-1168
Great Black-backed Gull-51
Mourning Dove-39
Red-bellied Woodpecker-60
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-12
Downy Woodpecker-29
Hairy Woodpecker-3
Northern Flicker-8
Blue Jay-190
American Crow-34
Black-capped Chickadee-53
Tufted Titmouse-389 
White-breasted Nuthatch-62
Brown Creeper-3
Carolina Wren-5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1
Hermit Thrush-11
American Robin-97
Gray Catbird-1
Northern Mockingbird-7
Cedar Waxwing-34
Eastern Towhee-3
Fox Sparrow-3
Song Sparrow-8
Swamp Sparrow-1
White-throated Sparrow-674
Dark-eyed Junco-22
Northern Cardinal-71
Common Grackle-190
House Finch-9
Pine Siskin-3
American Goldfinch-22

Unusual sightings were:
Barred Owl-1
Common Redpoll-2
White-winged Crossbill-