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.
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
|Gray Partridge||6||First occurrence since 2000.|
|Wild Turkey||487||*||Record High|
|Great Horned Owl||1||low|
|Great Gray Owl||7||*||Record High|
|Northern Saw-whet Owl||1|
|Red-bellied Woodpecker||1||4th record|
|Black-backed Woodpecker||1||first occurrence since 2006.|
|American Tree Sparrow||72|
|White-throated Sparrow||3||*||Record High|
|Hoary Redpoll||8||*||Record High|
|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.