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24th Huntsville Christmas Bird Count: 14 December

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (Dec. 15, 2017) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

It was a magnificent sunny day with “winter wonderland” scenery! However, count results were negatively affected to an unknown extent by cold temperatures (minus 26 degrees C. at dawn to minus 15 degrees at dusk), lower than usual numbers of birds utilizing feeders, and fog rising all day off the remaining open water areas of the bigger lakes. Fortunately, the river was open and mostly fog-free. Preliminary results follow:

Total Observers: 24. Total Species: 38 (average is 39). Total Individuals: 2,530 (average is 3,032).

New Species for the Count: Snowy Owl (1). Cumulative Species Total: 92

Unusual Species: Sharp-shinned Hawk (1), Red-tailed Hawk (1), Bohemian Waxwing (8), Cedar Waxwing (1 with the Bohemians).

Finches (mostly low numbers): Pine Grosbeak (8), Purple Finch (36), Red Crossbill (9), Pine Siskin (41), American Goldfinch (352).

Thanks to all the participants.

Ron Tozer, Huntsville CBC Compiler, Dwight, ON

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