The 35th Dunrobin, On.-Breckenridge P.Q. Christmas Bird Count took place on 2 January 2016. A total of 65 species were recorded, the second highest total ever. Highest was 68 species in 2001/02. A total of 6,780 individuals were recorded. The record high is 12,884 in 1985/86.
Weather conditions were good and the main channel of the Ottawa River was still wide open though bays and inlets were ice covered. The combination of open water and excellent viewing conditions resulted in a higher than normal number of water birds.
The following highlights were recorded.
New Species: Three new species were recorded bringing the overall total to 116 species in 35 years.
Long-tailed Duck 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Record highs: Previous highs are shown in parentheses, followed by the year.
Common Goldeneye 135 (58,2006)
Hooded Merganser 6 (2,1993)
Common Merganser 130 (36,2001)
Red-breasted Merganser 4 (1,2001)
Common Loon 7 (1,2001)
Ring-billed Gull 4 (3,2000)
White-throated Sparrow 4 (3,2013)
Rusty Blackbird 2 (1, 87,88,97)
Tied record highs: Previous highs are shown in parentheses, followed by the year.
Tufted Titmouse 1 (2013)
Gray Catbird (1) (2007)
Other species of interest include:
Ring-necked Duck 1 (3rd record)
White-winged Scoter 1 (2nd record)
Red-breasted Merganser 4 (2nd record)
Gray Partridge 12
Northern Shrike 4
Bohemian Waxwing 422
Lapland Longspur 6
Pine Grosbeak 0
Purple Finch 18
Red Crossbill 0
White-winged Crossbill 0
Common Redpoll 25
Hoary Redpoll 0
Pine Siskin 52
American Goldfinch 397
Evening Grosbeak 0
I’d like to thank my wife Laurie for preparing the wonderful post-count supper and to all participants who took part during the day!
Good Birding, Bruce
Bruce Di Labio compiler 1981/82-2015/16
P.O. Box 538