Larry & Penny Alden
Initial results from this Saturday’s CBC show 59 species, same as last year and about the same as the ten-year average. The weather was challenging, with upwards of two feet of snow on the ground and a pre-dawn temperature of -11F. Fortunately, there was virtually no wind.
Good finds include: 2 Wood Ducks, 2 Gadwalls, 5 Green-winged Teal, 3 Great Blue Herons (blue from the cold!), 9 Black Vultures, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 4 Northern Flickers, 3 Merlins, 2 Peregrine Falcons, 5 Fish Crows, 4 Common Ravens, 10 Red Crossbills, 27 Pine Siskins, 2 Snow Buntings, 1 Fox Sparrow, 1 Swamp Sparrow (RIP), and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds.
A new species was added to the list: Eurasian Wigeon, with good pictures when the bird was re-found in subsequent days. Northern Pintail and Rusty Blackbird were found during count week but outside of count day.