2017 Christmas Bird Count Summary

13 teams of birders with 48 participants took part of the LC 43rd Christmas Bird Count.  People covered the 15 mile diameter circle from sunrise to sunset with pleasant weather (unlike last year’s wind!).

The total bird count was 32,259 which is average for this area (last year’s count was 19,959).  The total species count was 132 which is second only to 1996 count of 139.  Last year’s count was 101.

Eight unusual or rare birds identified included Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Turkey Vulture, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cave Swallow, Pygmy Nuthatch and Black-throated Gray Warbler.

The White-winged Dove count was down 1,273 to 6,205, the American Crow count was up 3,822 to 7,951.  Surprisingly, we had a count of 833 Eurasion-collard Doves which is more than double from last year.  This dove first started appearing in the CBC count in 2004 and have slowly been increasing in numbers.

The 2017 CBC had 14 high counts (nine were records and two tied the record high).  Planning and compilation of CBC details are gratefully performed by Board Member Wayne Treers.

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