Friday, January 11, 2013

32nd Annual Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count results

Hi Everyone

The 32nd Dunrobin, On-Breckenridge, P.Q. Christmas Bird Count took place on January 5, 2013. Weather conditions varied from a very comfortable start at -4C while owling at 4:30a.m. to -9C in the late afternoon. Throughout the day, it varied from sunny to partly cloudy with varying winds out of the west and north-west before the compilation. In general many species were low in numbers but participants at our compilation dinner were a record high! I would like to thank all field observers and feeder watchers for their great effort. This year, a total of 52 species were recorded. The average is 51 species. Two new species were added along with 4 record highs. Again, many thanks to everyone who participated on the 32nd Annual Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count. I would like to thank my wife Laurie for preparing the wonderful post-count supper!

 Good birding, Bruce Di Labio Compiler

The following highlights were recorded.

New Species:

Tufted Titmouse 1
Boreal Owl 1

This brings the overall total to 112 species in 32 yrs.

Record Highs: Previous highs are shown in parentheses, followed by the year.

Wild Turkey 487 (228, 2010)
Great Gray Owl 7 (6,2004)
White-throated Sparrow 3 (2, 1997)
Hoary Redpoll 8 ( 4,1986, 2007)

Other species of interest:

Gray Partridge 6 first occurrence since 2000.
Merlin 1 (7th record)
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 (4th record)
Black-backed Woodpecker 1 first occurrence since 2006.


Pine Grosbeak (77)
Purple Finch (0)
White-winged Crossbill (10)
Red Crossbill (0)
Common Redpoll (1071)
Hoary Redpoll (8)
Pine Siskin (2)
American Goldfinch (158)
Evening Grosbeak (13)

Long overdue on the Dunrobin-Breckenridge CBC  was the first record of Boreal Owl.  The owl was discovered by Jeff Skevington at Constance Bay. Over the years it has been found before or after the count date! 

Dunrobin-Breckenridge CBC results

Number Records Comments
Mallard 7
Gray Partridge  6 First occurrence since 2000. 
Ruffed Grouse 3 low
Wild Turkey 487 * Record High 
Bald Eagle 4
Cooper's Hawk 5
Red-tailed Hawk 6
Rough-legged Hawk 1 low
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1
Rock Pigeon 196
Mourning Dove 271
Great Horned Owl 1 low
Barred Owl 3
Great Gray Owl 7 * Record High 
Boreal Owl  1 ** NEW
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 4th record
Downy Woodpecker 52
Hairy Woodpecker 75
Black-backed Woodpecker 1 first occurrence since 2006. 
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker 26
Northern Shrike 5
Blue Jay 326
American Crow 708
Common Raven 93
Horned Lark 39
Black-capped Chickadee 986
Tufted Titmouse 1 **  NEW
Red-breasted Nuthatch 17
White-breasted Nuthatch 145
Brown Creeper 13
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 low
European Starling 795
Bohemian Waxwing 96
Lapland Longspur 2
Snow Bunting 153 low
American Tree Sparrow 72
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 3 * Record High 
Dark-eyed Junco 85
Northern Cardinal 34
Pine Grosbeak 77
House Finch 1 low
White-winged Crossbill 10
Common Redpoll 1071
Hoary Redpoll 8 * Record High 
Pine Siskin 2
American Goldfinch 158
Evening Grosbeak 13
House Sparrow 34

Total Species:  52
Total Individuals:  6,107
Record High*
New Record**
Ties Record High***

A record 7 Great Gray Owls were found on the count breaking the old record of 6 during our biggest Great Gray Owl invasion  the winter of 2004-05. Courtesy of David Hinks.

Like most small nocturnal owls, this Boreal Owl was  extremely tame and many of the count participants were able to get out and see it. A lifer for some or a new species for their Ottawa district list!  

Since the early 80's the Northern Cardinal has expanded its range north east and have moved into many small town and villages where feeding birds is popular. 

A record total of 3 White-throated Sparrows were recorded.

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