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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Plainfield Christmas Bird Count: Results

Pine Grosbeak seen in Montpelier during the Plainfield CBC
The 52nd annual Christmas Bird Count took place under sunny skies this past Saturday, as 27 observers scoured the count circle for birds. With another mild month leading up to the count, and no snow cover, we were expecting surprises. We weren’t disappointed.

Highlights included 2 new species to the count: Red-bellied Woodpecker and Swamp Sparrow. Both were seen in East Montpelier during the afternoon. The second ever sighting of Golden Eagle occurred in Barre at the corner of Camire Hill Rd and Camp St. The bird was seen flying north, and was only first seen on the Plainfield CBC last year. Another notable sighting was that of a Winter Wren, seen during the public walk at the North Branch Nature Center, the first CBC sighting in 10 years.

Overall, the total species tally of 42 was slightly above our 20-year average of 40. Three additional “count week” birds were seen (Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, and Belted Kingfisher). With some reports still coming in, we expect the number of birds seen to grow, but so far 3,484 individuals were observed on a very successful CBC.

Canada Goose 210
Mallard 4
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 1
Ruffed Grouse 6
Wild Turkey 250
Bald Eagle 1
Golden Eagle 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk cw
Cooper's Hawk cw
Northern Goshawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Herring Gull 2
Rock Pigeon 276
Mourning Dove 140
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher cw
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 29
Hairy Woodpecker 60
Pileated Woodpecker 10
Northern Shrike 2
Blue Jay 126
American Crow 194
Common Raven 66
Black-capped Chickadee 1196
Tufted Titmouse 14
Red-breasted Nuthatch 61
White-breasted Nuthatch 57
Brown Creeper 7
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 18
European Starling 186
Bohemian Waxwing  35
American Tree Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 40
Northern Cardinal 16
Brown-headed Cowbird 35
Pine Grosbeak 70
House Finch 2
Common Redpoll 206
American Goldfinch 56
Evening Grosbeak 32
House Sparrow 52

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