MPFN 2021 Christmas Bird Count Final Results

The stars of the 2021 MPFN Christmas Bird Count: Northern Flicker (our first ever on the count) and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (only its 3rd appearance on the count). Both at Garry Vangelderen’s
feeders in Penetanguishene. Photo: Garry Vangelderen

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and largest citizen science program in the world.  It provides valuable information on population dynamics and trends for hundreds of North American bird species that are frequently encountered on count day.

On Saturday, December 18, 2021 the count was held in our area. The Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalist Club organises the count with 36 volunteers divided up into 17 areas. These areas, which are consistent from year to year world wide, are in a circle with a 15 mile radius. Wyebridge is the centre of our count circle. This area encompasses the Wye Marsh and Tiny Marsh.

This day was overcast in the morning with snow beginning just before lunch and continuing throughout the afternoon. Temperature was between -5C and -2C. The wind was light to moderate with Georgian Bay open.

The day was successful with 61 different species seen with a total count of 4,601 individual birds. The most individual birds since 2012  and a tie for the record of our highest number of species (also from 2012).  

You can view our count and the total count results from 1900 to the present at the Audubon website: http://netapp.audubon.org/CBCObservation/CurrentYear/ResultsByCount.aspx

Count code ONWM

We were not able to have our wrap up pot luck this year (we zoomed instead) but may do something in June to continue our annual support for the McKeever Owl Foundation.

Mark your calendars for next year’s count Saturday December 17, 2022.

Thanks again to all who took part. 

Dave Schandlen

 

Attached to this message is David’s count sheet with comparisons dating back to the 2002 count. 122nd Bird Count (10)

We had several new high counts for various species this year:

120 Trumpeter Swan – prev. high 92, 2004; 25 American Black Duck – prev. high 19, 2015; 17 Ring-necked Duck – prev. high 11, 2012; 25 Long-tailed Duck – prev. high 4, 2014;

88 Hooded Merganser – prev. high 69, 2011; 679 Rock Pigeons – prev. high 672, 2019; 10 Red-bellied Woodpecker – prev. high 9, 2016

1 species tied its previous high count: 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – prev. high 1, 2008, 2017

And 1 new species, never seen on our local Xmas Bird Count before, was added to our count list: 1 Northern Flicker

Our species list for this count area over the years now stands at 112 (108 identified species plus 4 “spuhs” – birds that are only identifiable to genus level)

Both the Flicker and the Sapsucker have been visiting the same suet feeders in Penetanguishene.

We had several species on the count that are considered rarities by EBird for our location at that time of year – Redhead (reported by Paul Bell), Ring-necked Duck (reported by Wye Marsh Staff), Lesser Scaup (reported by Jim Charlebois, Wye Marsh Staff and Heather Gray-Toner), Horned Grebe (reported by Tim Tully), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (reported by Garry Vangeldern) Northern Flicker (reported by Garry Vangelderen), Eastern Bluebird (reported by Paula Sheppard and Donna Lister)

The open water made it a good year for waterfowl with 17 species and 1 spuh (duck species) recorded. 

Here are the complete count numbers: 

58 Species observed +3 other taxa (species identifiable only to genus level) 4,601 individuals

Canada Goose   554

Trumpeter Swan  120

Mallard  160

American Black Duck  25

Redhead  2

Ring-necked Duck 17

Greater Scaup 18

Lesser Scaup 43

White-winged Scoter 1

Long-tailed Duck 25

Bufflehead 29

Common Goldeneye 150

Hooded Merganser 88

Common Merganser 157

Red-breasted Merganser 8

duck sp. 60

Wild Turkey 51

Ruffed Grouse 2

Ring-necked Pheasant 4

Horned Grebe  6

Rock Pigeon 679

Mourning Dove 296

Ring-billed Gull 19

Herring Gull 36

Great Black-backed Gull 2

gull sp. 4

Common Loon 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Cooper’s Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 3

Red-tailed Hawk 2

Rough-legged Hawk 2

hawk sp. 1

Snowy Owl 1

Barred Owl 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 10

Downy Woodpecker 31

Hairy Woodpecker 24

Pileated Woodpecker 11

Northern Flicker 1

Blue Jay 114

American Crow 79

Common Raven 8

Black-capped Chickadee 538

Red-breasted Nuthatch 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 45

Brown Creeper  2

European Starling 517

Eastern Bluebird 2

House Sparrow 78

House Finch 7

Common Redpoll 27

Pine Siskin 3

American Goldfinch 267

Snow Bunting 124

American Tree Sparrow 10

Dark-eyed Junco 97

White-throated Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 1

Northern Cardinal 31

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

MPFN 2020 Christmas Bird Count Final Results

Common Redpoll, seen on our Christmas Bird Count on Midland Point
Our long-serving Christmas Bird Count Coordinator David Schandlen has compiled and submitted the results of our 2020 count held on the Saturday before Christmas.  
Congratulations to Dave for organizing a successful and Covid-safe event under to say the least unusual circumstances. 
And thanks to the many club members who volunteered on the count. 
Here’s Dave:
121st Audubon Christmas Bird Count – Newsletter
December 19, 2020
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and largest citizen science program in
the world. It provides valuable information on population dynamics and trends for
hundreds of North American bird species that are frequently encountered on count day.
On Saturday, December 19, 2020 the count was held in our area. The Midland
Penetanguishene Field Naturalist Club organizes the count with 40 volunteers divided up
into 18 areas.
These areas, which are consistent from year to year world wide, are in a circle with a 15
mile radius. Wyebridge is the centre of our count circle. This area encompasses the Wye
Marsh and Tiny Marsh.
This day was overcast in the morning with snow beginning just before lunch and
continuing throughout the afternoon. Temperature was between -2C and +1C. The wind
was calm with Georgian Bay open but inland waterways frozen over.
The day was successful with 52 different species seen with a total count of 4,160
individual birds. The most since 2013.
 
 
You can view our count and the total count results from 1900 to the present at the
Audubon website:
Count code ONWM
We were not able to have our wrap up pot luck this year (we zoomed instead) but may do
something in June to continue our annual support for the McKeever Owl Foundation.
Thanks again to all who took part. Mark your calendars for next year Saturday
December 18, 2021.
Dave Schandlen
Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalist Club
 
A downloadable spreadsheet with the full results of this year’s count along with comparisons of the last 20 years or so is available here: 
 
Printable List of Species
 
Record High Counts were established this year for Pileated Woodpeckers (14), White-throated Sparrows (2), Northern Cardinals (34), and White-breasted Nuthatches (66).
Notable sightings on the count were 9 White-winged Scoters (not recorded since 2013), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (not recorded since 2014), 7 White-winged Crossbills (not recorded since 2008) and 1 Double-crested Cormorant (not recorded since 2006).  
Here’s a link to a Flickr album with some photos taken on the day by MPFN member Ken MacDonald in Area 3 – Midland Harbour and Midland Point. 
And here’s a link to a YouTube Video of the Zoom wrap-up for the event where the various counters gave a report on the day.  

Here’s what we saw this year:
358 Canada Goose
52 Trumpeter Swan
99 Mallard
11 American Black Duck
9 White-winged Scoter
45 Common Goldeneye
9 Hooded Merganser
14 Common Merganser
2 Red-breasted Merganser
7 duck sp.
1 Ring-necked Pheasant
83 Wild Turkey
615 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
337 Mourning Dove
35 Ring-billed Gull
3 Herring Gull
26 gull sp.
1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Northern Harrier
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
2 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Bald Eagle
8 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Rough-legged Hawk
1 hawk sp.
7 Red-bellied Woodpecker
7 Downy Woodpecker
29 Hairy Woodpecker
14 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Northern Shrike
231 Blue Jay
76 American Crow
7 Common Raven
639 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
11 Red-breasted Nuthatch
66 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
702 European Starling
18 House Sparrow
26 Evening Grosbeak
30 Pine Grosbeak
121 Common Redpoll
7 White-winged Crossbill
197 American Goldfinch
90 Snow Bunting
49 American Tree Sparrow
42 Dark-eyed Junco
2 White-throated Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
5 Common Grackle
34 Northern Cardinal

49 species & 3 other taxa
4, 160 individual birds

 
 
Thanks to Dave and all the volunteers for keeping this great Christmas tradition alive!  

Christmas Bird Count 2020 Preliminary Results

Pileated Woodpecker