Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count 2016

The Bronx-Westchester CBC held December 26 found a preliminary 116 118 species (updated on 1-5-17. Two new species were added to this 93 year count; the Pink-footed Goose and Cackling Goose remained for count day in Van Cortlandt Park. This brings the cumulative total of the count to 230 species.

Other highlights: Redhead in Edith G Read Preserve in Rye 55 Wood Duck on Crestwood Lake, Yonkers A high count of 1200 White-winged Scoter off City Island 180 Common Mergansers on Sprain Ridge Reservoir in Yonkers Tied high count of 7 Black Vultures 2 Black-bellied Plover at Edgewater Point, Mamaroneck, 11th count record Black-headed Gull at Five Island Park, 4th count record Iceland Gull in Rye Red-headed Woodpecker, Hommocks Rd, Larchmont A new high count of 9 Merlin New high count of 312 Fish Crow New high count of 12 Common Raven 130 Red-breasted Nuthatch, obliterating the old record of 33 in 2012 Nashville Warbler and Chipping Sparrow in Twin Lakes Park, Eastchester And 4 Red Crossbills in Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye For the first time in 70 years the count missed Canvasback. Other misses included Black-crowned Night Heron, Brown Thrasher and Yellow-rumped Warbler.

The West Bronx which I captained had a good day in the field. Besides adding the Pink-footed Goose (a new Bronx Count Bird) and Cackling Goose to the overall list, the team had two saves. Golden-crowned Kinglet and Snow Goose were seen only by our teams. Congratulations to all those participated in the count and thank you for all your hard work in birding a borough that only seems to get attention when a rarity is found. Special thanks to Michael Bochnik who works tirelessly to out this all together and does all the number crunching as our compiler.

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