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Christmas Bird Count Results for December 14, 2013

2014/01/30

On a winter’s day that started out in beautiful snowfall, and turned into a drizzly, soaking rain, 30 participants continued a 100-year tradition of citizen science by turning out for the Audubon Miami Valley Christmas Bird Count.  The count focused on an area of approximately 176 square miles around Oxford.  Count areas include Springwood, Four Mile Creek, Bachelor Wildlife Preserve, Indian Creek Valley, Rush Run, Hueston Woods State Park-Acton Lake and the Miami University Airport.  Despite the poor visibility, and the fact that many of the birds were taking shelter (but not us humans!), 62 species were recorded, a somewhat below average count.

Species:
Canada Goose 45
American Black Duck 6
Mallard 28
Northern Shoveler 1
Common Goldeneye 3
Ruddy Duck 3
Wild Turkey 56
Great Blue Heron 18
Black Vulture 43
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 2
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 5
American Kestrel 4
Killdeer 1
Wilson’s Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 31
Herring Gull 7
Rock Pigeon 45
Mourning Dove 224
Great Horned Owl 1
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 29
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 17
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 11
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 25
American Crow 30
Horned Lark 369
Carolina Chickadee 109
Tufted Titmouse 49
White-breasted Nuthatch 36
Brown Creeper 3
Carolina Wren 35
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 23
Eastern Bluebird 21
American Robin 394
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 2632
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
American Tree Sparrow 30
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 3
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 67
Swamp Sparrow 7
White-throated Sparrow 63
Dark-eyed Junco 119
Lapland Longspur 9
Northern Cardinal 119
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Rusty Blackbird 25
Common Grackle 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 13
House Finch 28
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 83
House Sparrow 408
 Thanks to all the participants, and to Dave Russell and Larry Gersbach for organizing the 2013 count.
 For more information on the Christmas Bird Count, visit the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology websites.

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