Saturday, January 3, 2009

Preliminary Results & Photos from the Dunrobin-Breckenridge CBC

The 28th Annual Dunrobin (ON) - Breckenridge (QC) Christmas Bird Count took place today, January 3, 2009. A total of 45 species were recorded (average 50) by 47 field observers. Overnight weather conditions were clear and cold, -14c and sunny with increasing winds during the day. The following highlights were recorded.

New Species:
No new species

Water birds were in short supply
during this year's count.

Record Highs:
Previous highs are shown in parentheses followed by year.
  • Bohemian Waxwing 1315 (1165, 1988)
  • Pine Grosbeak 277 (251, 1982)
A record number of Bohemian Waxwings
were seen on today's count.

Tied Record Highs:
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 1 (98, 2007)

Other species of interest:
  • Great Gray Owl (2)
  • Hoary Redpoll (1)

Great Gray Owl

Great Gray Owl

Winter Finches:
  • Pine Grosbeak (277)
  • Purple Finch (2)
  • White-winged Crossbill (230)
  • Common Redpoll (282)
  • Pine Siskin (469)
  • American Goldfinch (477)
  • Evening Grosbeak (1)
I would like to thank the field observers for there great effort and my wife
Laurie for preparing the wonderful post-count supper.

Here are a few pictures from the day, including supper and compilation this evening:

Some of the Constance Bay Sector field
observers having lunch at the Heart and
Soul Café in Dunrobin, ON.

Dinner is served to some very chilled
and very hungry field observers.

Some of the field observers preparing
to start compiling the numbers.

Ben Di Labio (age 11) leading the compilation.

Good birding,
Bruce Di Labio
Dunrobin-Breckenridge CBC Compiler


Anonymous said...

Thanks Bruce & Laurie. It was great to be back among birders, despite my own dismal count. Seeing a red-tailed hawk is always worth a trip.

David Tyrer said...

Bruce: Thanks Bruce, it was a great day and we all appreciated Laurie's post count dinner. It was great Laurie. BTW Ben's looking pretty good at the board, don't you think. Better start looking over your shoulder.