The results of our recent Christmas Bird Count are in!
Congratulations to all the participants who did a great job in somewhat challenging conditions.  Our species totals and individual bird totals were about on average and we tied our previous High Count for Coopers Hawks (3) and set new High Count records for Red-Headed Woodpeckers (4; previous High Count 2), Barred Owls (2; previous High Count 1) and Rock Doves (Pigeons; 672; previous High Count 650).  Woo Hoo!
To top it all off our members who braved the wintry conditions to attend the Potluck Wrap-up at the Wye Marsh raised $300 for the Owl Foundation of Vineland through our famous Mystery Gift Not-So-Silent Auction. Well done!
Also many thanks to our long time CBC coordinator David Schandlen for putting another great CBC into the books.  Attached to this message is David’s compilation of this year’s results with some comparison figures from previous year’s counts.  Here’s David’s report on the event:


120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 14, 2019

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 14, 2019 the count was held in our area. The Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalist Club organizes the count with 35 volunteers divided up into 10 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 partly overcast and ranged from -1/+2C.  It began snowing around 10:00AM and continued for a lot of the day. The wind was fairly calm and Georgian Bay was open.

The day was successful with 50 different species seen with a total count of 3,349 individual birds. .   

After the count the group gathered at the Wye Marsh for a pot luck dinner and a report on their findings. The gift auction capped off the evening with lots of laughter and $300 raised for the McKeever Owl Foundation.

Thanks again to all who took part. Mark your calendars for next year Saturday December 19, 2020.


Dave Schandlen

Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalist Club


Results of 2019 Christmas Bird Count

Species Number
Canada Goose 6
Trumpeter Swan 17
American Black Duck 15
Mallard 159
Ring-necked Duck 1
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 5
Barrow’s Goldeneye 5
Common Merganser 413
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Ruffed Grouse 5
Wild Turkey 91
Cooper’s Hawk 3
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 11
Herring Gull 8
gull sp. 11
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 672
Mourning Dove 256
Snowy Owl 1
Barred Owl 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 29
Hairy Woodpecker 26
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Northern Shrike 2
Blue Jay 263
American Crow 102
Common Raven 7
Black-capped Chickadee 486
Red-breasted Nuthatch 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 31
Brown Creeper 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 1
European Starling 451
Bohemian Waxwing 25
Cedar Waxwing 1
Snow Bunting 7
American Tree Sparrow 17
Dark-eyed Junco 62
Northern Cardinal 19
House Finch 2
Common Redpoll 2
American Goldfinch 78
Evening Grosbeak 11
House Sparrow 2
Total Individuals 3349
Total Species Reported 50