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