Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob Bowles12th Annual Carden Alvar Christmas Bird Count

Carden Alvar Christmas Bird Count January 2, 2010

The 12th annual Carden Alvar Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday, January 2, 2010. The day was cold and clear with temperatures from -21 0C to -17 0C. Most of the water was frozen with only a few patches of fast moving open water. A total of 12 field observers and 16 feeder watchers tallied a total of 30 species of birds and 2281 individuals. They also counted 7 species of mammals and 81 individuals. All of Alvar Road and Wiley Road were covered by observers on foot and on skis but with few birds being observed. There were no new species of birds for the count but a new high total of 63 Common Ravens up from 53 in 2003. There were no owls or gulls reported and low numbers of hawks and finches. Best birds were a red-winged blackbird and a red-bellied woodpecker both observed at feeders. Other birds of note were an immature Bald Eagle and four Purple Finches.
American Black Duck 2, Mallard 5, Common Merganser 2, Bald Eagle 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Ruffed Grouse 5, Wild Turkey 59, Rock Pigeon 28, Mourning Dove 83, Downy Woodpecker 23, Hairy Woodpecker 40, Red-bellied Woodpecker CW, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Blue Jay 150, American Crow 63, Common Raven 63, Black-capped Chickadee 779, Red-breasted Nuthatch 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 30, Brown Creeper 2, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Northern Shrike 3, European Starling 61, Northern Cardinal 5, American Tree Sparrow 45, Dark-eyed Junco 20, Snow Bunting 422, Red-winged Blackbird 1, Purple Finch 4, American Goldfinch 374.
Thanks to everyone who took part in this interesting count this year.
Bob Bowles, compiler

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