Monticello (Sullivan County) Christmas Bird Count Preliminary Results

Bald Eagles were in short supply for this years count.

Bald Eagles were in short supply for this years count.

I don’t have all the results yet, but this may be a record low year for our count. My team, Lance Verderame, Karen Miller and I had a relatively good day. We ended with 30 species (historically low). It is hard to say that there were highlights, as most of the birds should be commonly expected. The Eastern Phoebe seen on 12/25 could not be found today. The Common Loon, present for nearly a week now, was seen by many today. Another bird of note was Yellow-rumped Warbler. Found today by Arlene Borko’s team, there were also another three seen by Scott Baldinger yesterday. It was definitely a tough count, but all teams persevered to do the best they could. Here is a very preliminary list which is subject to change when the additional teams info comes in. At last count, I have 48 species on count day and 4 additional species for count week.

Karen Miller was able to get a shot of the Loon just after catching a fish.

Karen Miller was able to get a shot of the Loon just after catching a fish.

Snow Goose
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Wild Turkey
COMMON LOON
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Brown Creeper
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Additional species seen during count week: Common Goldeneye, Eastern Phoebe, Bufflehead and Belted Kingfisher

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