Eastern Orange County Christmas Bird Count

A very cooperative female MERLIN was our first ever on our Christmas Count.

A very cooperative female MERLIN was our first ever on our Christmas Count.

Today, Bill and Jayne Fiero and I conducted the “Area A” section of the Eastern Orange County Christmas Bird Count. It was a cold day (the first of the season) with snow squalls and treacherous roads early in the day. All water was open and the up until today, mild conditions did little to congregate birds at feeders or any particular locations. We had a pretty decent day and added two new birds for our count area. Merlin and Golden-crowned Kinglet. Here is our total list, 39 species, not a bad day. It was fun spending it with Bill and Jayne! Here the species list, Bill has compiled the totals of individuals.

Canada Goose – 1427
Mute Swan – 3
Mallard – 52
Hooded Merganser – 2
Common Merganser – 5
Great Blue Heron – 1
Northern Harrier – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 2
Cooper’s Hawk – 2
Red-tailed Hawk – 12
Ring-billed Gull – 118
Herring Gull – 62
Mourning Dove – 65
Belted Kingfisher – 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 10
Downy Woodpecker – 12
Hairy Woodpecker – 3
Pileated Woodpecker – 2
MERLIN – 1
Blue Jay – 31
American Crow – 49
Black-capped Chickadee – 40
Tufted Titmouse – 46
White-breasted Nuthatch – 15
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET – 1
American Robin – 16
Northern Mockingbird – 7
European Starling – 935
American Tree Sparrow – 19
Song Sparrow – 10
Swamp Sparrow – 1
White-throated Sparrow – 22
Dark-eyed Junco – 65
Northern Cardinal – 61
Common Grackle – 2
Brown-headed Cowbird – 4
House Finch – 31
American Goldfinch – 20
House Sparrow – 205

Total – 3362

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2 Responses to Eastern Orange County Christmas Bird Count

  1. scott baldinger says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed for a good count day for next Sunday! Nice get on the Merlin!
    Scott

  2. Thanks Scott! I think you will have a good count. There were lots of birds in the Bash this past week. Hermit Thrush, Swamp Sparrows, Robins and Waxwings galore. Not at all sure about my area. Arlene and I did it today and had 14 species……eeeeesh!

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