Friday, January 6, 2012

December 29, 2011 Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count Results

Despite frigid overnight  temperatures, -21c, the 31st annual Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count was a success with 50 species. This fits into the 30 year average of 50 species. No new species, a few record highs and a couple of surprises.  Most field observers commented on a slow start but as the morning warmed up bird activity increased. Highlights included Red-bellied Woodpecker, Snowy Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Merlin, and Canada Goose. I'll have the complete results available mid January. 

Bohemian Waxwing and Cedar Waxwings feeding in Red Cedar. 

Open water along March Valley Road.

Old abandoned farm houses are sometimes used by Common Ravens or Turkey Vultures for nesting sites. 

Fresh snow along Riddell Road.

The Common Raven is a regular sight in the Dunrobin area. 

Low overnight temperatures put the final freeze on the Ottawa River.

A Bohemian Waxwing feeding in a Red Cedar.

A view from Baskin's Beach across the Ottawa River to the Quebec side.

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