Thursday, January 15, 2015

2014 Christmas Bird Count - WC-Style

We scheduled our annual West Campus winter bird count during the holiday break, and, except for the assorted contractors and construction workers, had the campus to ourselves.
December 31st was bright and sunny, but cold and windy. Tom, Lynn and I walked West Campus and birded from 7am to noon with one warm-up break halfway through. The species count was a little on the low side we thought, and the numbers were on the low side as well, but hey, that was the day that was.
Highlights for me were our two Purple Finches, a Merlin fly-by and a Cooper's Hawk passing overhead.
The day's birders: Tom, Lynn, Sue
The day's list for Wednesday December 31, 2014.

24  Canada Goose
8    Wild Turkey
1    Cooper's Hawk
2    Red-tailed Hawk
8    Ring-billed Gull
3    Herring Gull
11  Mourning Dove
1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
7    Downy Woodpecker
1    Northern Flicker
1    Merlin
8    Blue Jay
55  crow sp.
6    Black-capped Chickadee
1    Tufted Titmouse
1    White-breasted Nuthatch
2    Carolina Wren
1    Hermit Thrush
10  American Robin
1    Northern Mockingbird
33  European Starling
6    Song Sparrow
47  White-throated Sparrow
3    Dark-eyed Junco
17  Northern Cardinal
3    House Finch
2    Purple Finch
26  American Goldfinch
51  House Sparrow

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