Christmas bird counts are in complete swing, and 3 location counts occurred this earlier weekend. We have the reports for the Coastal New Hampshire Depend, the Larger Boston Depend, and the Cape Ann Depend.
Len Medlock compiler for the Coastal New Hampshire CBC reported that the early early morning 4F thermometer examining gave way to 28F on Saturday, Dec. 19. The depend lined portions of Exeter, Portsmouth, Newfields, Rye, Stratham, Hampton, Seabrook, Kensington, Greenland, and Hampton Falls.
Highlights integrated 27,590 overall numbers of birds, comprising 1,047 species.
It was a banner 12 months for wintertime finches which included 59 Pink Crossbills, 57 White-winged Crossbills, 111 Frequent Redpoll, 57 Pine Siskin, 32 Pine Grosbeak, and just 1 Night Grosbeak.
Len documented: “This year’s spectacular Crimson-breasted Nuthatch turnout yielded a respectable 481. Get a stroll in the wooden and you happen to be bound to be taken care of with tiny tin horns.
Lingering warblers have been Pine and Black-throated Blue, and a depend week Snow Goose.”
Bob Stymeist described on the 48th Higher Boston Christmas Chicken Count, which was held Dec. 20. The total amount of species recorded was 117 additionally 1 depend 7 days species. Remarkable was the discovery of an Eared Grebe by Ted Bradford on Jamaica Pond on Dec. 6 this is a very first for Boston.
“The Eared Grebe provides the all time complete for the Larger Boston CBC, which include Count Week, to an amazing 234! Unfortunately the Pacific-slope Flycatcher identified November 24 at Fresh Pond by Ben Shamgochian remained up until finally December 16, just one day shy of rely time period. The snow storm was devastating.”
“Noteworthy birds integrated Snow Goose, 2 Redhead, Virginia Rail, American Woodcock, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Snowy Owls, 4 Pileated Woodpeckers, a Marsh Wren and new higher counts for 13 species.”
Robert Buchsbaum reported on the Cape Ann CBC, also held final Sunday:
“Here are results from the Cape Ann Christmas Rely held on Sunday, Dec. 20. The depend was unusual for a couple good reasons. Very first, every person wore masks and adhered to social distancing protocols. Second we did our compilation a day later by using Zoom (thanks to Peter Van Demark) somewhat than the standard article birding pizza bash. Finally, it experienced been a lengthy time since we experienced a Christmas Depend with so a great deal snow on the floor (9-12 inches). That created parking and traversing trails a lot more demanding than typical. Nonetheless, we persisted and arrived out with 114 species,slightly larger than the earlier few several years.”
Specially fascinating sightings provided 1 Pink-shouldered Hawk, 79 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Widespread Murre, 40 Razorbill, 8 Black Guillemot, 1Black-headed Gull, 2 Kumlien’s Iceland Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Jap Screech-Owl, 15 Excellent Horned Owl, 1 Snowy Owl, 6 Barred Owl, 5 Northern Observed-whet Owl, 12 Pileated Woodpecker, 293 Pink-breasted Nuthatch, 232 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Winter Wren (in our eEsex lawn), 2 Bohemian Waxwing, 1 Noticed Towhee, 1 Chipping Sparrow (in our Essex property), 21 “Ipswich” Savannah Sparrow, 1 Fox Sparrow 1, 14 Purple Finch, 9 Red Crossbill, 4 White-winged Crossbill, 153 Widespread Redpoll, 10 Pine Siskin 10 and 1 Evening Grosbeak.
The Newburyport Christmas Fowl Count is this Sunday, Dec. 27. Birders will be out carrying masks, practicing social distancing, and not sharing scopes. Many experiences, this yr will appear from feeder watchers from the basic safety of their personal households. I hope to have the effects in the months forward.
Content and risk-free holiday seasons to you all!