Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Captree Long Island 2013 Christmas Bird Count Results

Forty participants conducted the Captree Long Island Christmas Bird Count on Sunday December 15th, 2013. This Count circle, is on the south shore of Long Island, around the Fire Island Inlet. Shai Mitra, our compiler reported that one of the first birds of the day was a Snowy Owl that flew directly over members of the barrier beach parties as they assembled at Captree around 6:45--the first of an astounding tally of 14 Snowy Owls on the count.

This was the 2nd count of the weekend for me, having participated in the Montauk LI count on Saturday (A report on that count is pending).  Joan Quinlan and I who birded several spots in the Seatuck area had to expand our list of sites and so it was a whirlwind but fun day for us. The preliminary number including count week birds, brings the Captree CBC 2013 total species to 119.  The following are some of the highlights, notables and misses from the count.  

Good notable counts that were immediately obvious:
13 Wood Ducks
162 White-winged Scoters
321 Red-throated Loons
12 Razorbills
75 Horned Larks
22 Brown Creepers
188 Carolina Wrens
19 Winter Wrens
48 Field Sparrows
42 Fox Sparrows
44 Swamp Sparrows  

Other highlights included:
1 Red-headed Woodpecker (count week) 1 Snow Goose (Connetquot)
5 Eurasian Wigeon (East)
2 Canvasbacks (Gardiner)
 2 Common Mergansers (Belmont)
2 Red-necked Grebes (Jones)
2 Great Egrets (Seatuck)
2 Black-crowned Night-Herons (Gardiner)
1 Northern Goshawk (Fire)
1 Rough-legged Hawk (Jones)
1 Greater Yellowlegs (East)
1 Pectoral Sandpiper (Heckscher)
1 Glaucous Gull (Fire)
2 Black-legged Kittiwakes (Fire)
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Seatuck)
1 Lapland Longspur (Heckscher)
1 Nashville Warbler (Heckscher)
1 Palm Warbler (Fire)
1 Vesper Sparrow (Heckscher)
1 Eastern Meadowlark (Jones)
2,500 Common Grackles (North); we miss this species more often than not.
4 Boat-tailed Grackles (Jones)  

Our worst misses included the following species, with the number in parentheses indicating the number of years each was recorded during the previous ten:
 Wild Turkey (7)
Great Cormorant (10)
American Kestrel (7)
Virginia Rail (6)
Marsh Wren (7)
American Pipit (8)
Chipping Sparrow (8)
White-crowned Sparrow (6)

Other obvious low counts included:
125 Red-breasted Mergansers
6 Sharp-shinned Hawks
76 Myrtle Warblers

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