Troy CBC - December 30, 2017


Larry & Penny Alden
 

The Troy CBC was run for the 69th consecutive year yesterday.  The weather outside was frightful (in some ways), but seven field parties braved the cold (-3F to +14F) and preliminarily netted 70 species, two above the ten-year average of 68.

 

Highlights were:

 

Snow Goose – 8

Mute Swan – 2

Ring-necked Duck – 3

Common Goldeneye – 211

Hooded Merganser – 35

Ring-necked Pheasant – 1

Great Blue Heron – 2

Bald Eagle – 23 (may be some duplicates)

Rough-legged Hawk – 6

Iceland Gull – 1

Eastern Screech-Owl – 6

Great Horned Owl – 6

Barred Owl – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 13

Merlin – 4

Peregrine Falcon – 4

Fish Crow – 67

Common Raven – 2

Horned Lark – 170

Winter Wren – 3

Carolina Wren – 11

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 13

Hermit Thrush – 1

Cedar Waxwing – 42

Snow Bunting – 100

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2

Eastern Towhee – 1

Swamp Sparrow – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 2

Rusty Blackbird – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird - 26

Purple Finch – 1

 

This list is remarkable in that there are good numbers of “half-hardy” species eking out a tenuous existence on the northern reaches of their winter ranges.  This may prove to be a fatal gamble for many of them as food stocks dwindle through the winter.  For the waterfowl, open water was at a premium, and as this cold snap continues, they may be driven south to open water.

 

Thanks to all who took part and happy birding in the new year.

 

Larry Alden

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