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JANUARY MEETING – Christmas Bird Count Results

January 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

At our PRAS meeting in January, Tony Licata will be presenting the results of our Annual Christmas Bird Count. Below, you can read the letter (email) that was sent to all of the bird count participants.

 

Thank you all for helping on the 2016 Christmas Bird Count on December 17th.

Some interesting observations:

Even though we had  sunny and mild weather,  our total count was  DOWN by 9% to 21,266 versus 23,272 in 2015; 24,172 in 2014; 27,192 in 2013;  23,975 in 2012;  17,718 in 2011;   22,272 in 2010;   19,082 in 2009;   24,516 in 2008.   The decline in numbers in 2016 was due to seeing only 1710 Lesser Scaup compared to  4632 in 2015, and by seeing only 1822 Tree Swallows compared to 4087 in 2015.  The 172% increase in Turkey Vultures was due to the red tide fish kill.

On count day we saw 140 species, a increase of 5% versus 133 in 2015; 125 in 2014; 143 in 2013;  131 in 2012;  130 in 2011;  118 in 2010.  For count week we saw 145 species, which is a record number, an increase of 7% versus 133 in 2015; 140 in 2014; 143 in 2013; 135 in 2012; 131 in 2011; 123 in 2010.

Over fifty participants spent over 300 hours in search of birds by foot, car, cart, or boat, and covered over 500 miles by land or sea.

Of note, we recorded on count day for the first time ever Whip-poor-will (Airport Ponds), American Woodcock (Airport Ponds), and Northern Parula (Babcock Cecil Webb). Others which we have not recorded in quite a while was the  Sedge Wren, which we last saw in 2008.

,Of the birds we did see, there were at least 60% declines in Painted Bunting, Short-billed Dowitcher, Reddish Egret, Herring Gull, Red-tailed Hawk, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Snail Kite, Burrowing Owl, Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpiper, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Lesser Scaup, Black Skimmer, Bachman’s Sparrow, Forester’s Tern, Hermit Thrush, Ruddy Turnstone, and Black-and-white Warbler.

Counts were up at least 200% for Eastern Bluebird,  Indigo Bunting, Fish Crow, Long-billed Dowitcher, Mallard Duck, Cattle Egret, House Finch, laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Cooper’s Hawk, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Wilson’s Snipe, Roseate Spoonbill, Eastern Towhee, White-eye- Vireo, Yellow-throated Warbler, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, House Wren, Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs.

There can be wide fluctuations in counts from one year to the next as with Indigo Buntings, Ring-billed Gulls, Cooper’s Hawk, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Eastern Towhee, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker and House Wren declined more than 60% in 2015, but rose more than 200% in 2016.  The opposite held true for Least Sandpiper which increased more than 200% in 2015, but declined more than 60% in 2016.

2016 The top 10 birds                                                        2015 The Top 10 birds

accounted for 59% of the total sightings were:                 accounted for 71% of the total sightings were:

  1. Tree Swallow 1822;                                                       1.   Lesser Scaup 4632;
  2. Lesser Scaup 1710;                                                         2.   Tree Swallow 4078;
  3. Laughing Gull 1483;                                                      3.   European Starling 1843;
  4. Double-crested Cormorant 1265;                            4.   Double-crested Cormorant 1335;
  5. Turkey Vulture 1202;                                                    5.   Common Grackle 1249;
  6. White Ibis 1154;                                                               6.    Mourning Dove 1129;
  7. Mourning Dove 1141;                                                    7.   White Ibis 804;
  8. Common Grackle 1109;                                               8.   Least Sandpiper 473;
  9. European Starling 975;                                                9.   Laughing Gull 470;
  10. Boat-tailed Grackle 770.                                             10.  Turkey Vulture 442.

Boat-tailed Grackle was added to the top ten while Least Sandpiper was deleted, otherwise all the other species just changed their rankings.

The following 20 birds had higher totals than in any of the last 17 years: Indigo Bunting, Long-billed Dowitcher, House Finch, Purple Gallinule, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Glossy Ibis, White Ibis, Limpkin, Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Eastern Phoebe, Greater Scaup, Loggerhead Shrike, White-eyed Vireo,Turkey Vulture, Whip-poor-will, American Wigeon, American Woodcock, Sedge Wren and Greater Yellowlegs.

There were 18 birds that we recorded through count week in 2016 but not in 2015:  Least Bittern, Crested Caracara, Peregrine Falcon, Great Crested Flycatcher, Marbled Godwit, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red Knot, Barred Owl, Northern Parula, White Pelican, King Rail, Sanderling, Black Scoter, Grasshopper Sparrow, Green-winged Teal, Whip-poor-will, American Woodcock and Sedge Wren

There were 9 birds that we did not record through count week  in 2016 but did in 2015: Bufflehead, Reddish Egret, Broad-winged Hawk, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Burrowing Owl (this is the first time we have not seen one), Black Skimmer (this is the first time we have not seen one), Bachman’s Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, and Cedar Waxwing.

There were 15 birds that are seen occasionally which we did not record through count week in the last two years: Mallard-Mottled Hybrid Duck, Ruddy Duck, Least Flycatcher, Gadwall, American Oystercatcher, American Pipit, Clapper Rail, Redhead, Western Sandpiper, Sora, Chirping Sparrow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Wild Turkey, Hairy Woodpecker and Marsh Wren..

If you are interested, I can send you the 17 year comparison.

I’ll be giving my Christmas Bird Count presentation at the PRAS meeting on Thursday, January 19th.  at 6:30 PM at the First Alliance Church 20444 Midway Blvd. Port Charlotte.

Again, thank you all for helping on the count this year.

Tony Licata

 

 

Common Name of bird 2016 % 16 to 15 2015
Anhinga 116 -4% 121
Bittern American cw 2
Bittern Least 1 **** 0
Blackbird Brewer’s 0 0
Blackbird Red-winged 54 -16% 64
Blackbird Rusty 0 0
Bluebird Eastern 41 242% 12
Bobwhite Northern 11 -45% 20
Bufflehead 0 cw
Bunting Indigo 6 200% 2
Bunting, Painted 4 -60% 10
Canvasback 0 0
Caracara, Crested 1 **** 0
Cardinal Northern 68 58% 43
Catbird Gray 90 143% 37
Coot American 28 -15% 33
Cormorant Double-crested 1265 -5% 1335
Cowbird Brown-headed 89 14% 78
Cowbird Shiny 0 0
Crane Sandhill 67 -6% 71
Crow American 9 -25% 12
Crow Fish 405 246% 117
Dove Common Ground 37 61% 23
Dove Eurasian Collared 110 83% 60
Dove Mourning 1141 1% 1129
Dove Ringed Turtle 0 0
Dove Rock (Rock Pigeon) 78 -36% 122
Dove, White-winged 28 -35% 43
Dowitcher Short-billed 5 -96% 140
Dowitcher Long-billed 6 500% 1
Duck Mallard 10 233% 3
Duck Mottled 395 -6% 422
Duck, Mallard Mottled Hybrid 0 0
Duck Muscovy 38 -12% 43
Duck Ring-necked 44 -42% 76
Duck Ruddy 0 0
Duck Whistling-Black Bellied 38 -42% 65
Duck, Wood 0 0
Dunlin 35 25% 28
Eagle Bald 21 -25% 28
Egret Cattle 181 229% 55
Egret Great 136 -20% 169
Egret Reddish 0 -100% 1
Egret Snowy 137 38% 99
Falcon, Peregrine 1 **** 0
Finch, House 16 300% 4
Flicker Northern (Yellow-shafted) 12 33% 9
Flycatcher Great Crested 2 **** 0
Flycatcher, Least 0 0
Frigatebird Magnificent 0 0
Gadwall 0 0
Gallinule Purple 3 **** cw
Gnatcatcher Blue-gray 96 17% 82
Godwit, Marbled 7 **** 0
Goldeneye Common 0 0
Goldfinch American 20 43% 14
Goose Snow 0 0
Grackle Boat-tailed 770 131% 334
Grackle Common 1109 -11% 1249
Grebe Horned 29 -54% 63
Grebe Pied-billed 48 12% 43
Gull Bonaparte’s 0 0
Gull Franklin’s cw 1
Gull Great Black-backed 0 0
Gull Herring 1 -80% 5
Gull Laughing 1483 216% 470
Gull Ring-billed 596 235% 178
Harrier Northern 3 0% 3
Hawk Cooper’s 7 600% 1
Hawk Red-shouldered 75 121% 34
Hawk Red-tailed 1 -75% 4
Hawk Sharp-shinned 1 **** 0
Hawk, Short-tailed 0 0
Hawk,Broad-winged 0 -100% 2
Heron Great Blue  (Blue form) 126 9% 116
Heron Great Blue  (White form) 0 0
Heron Green 16 45% 11
Heron Little Blue 192 -9% 212
Heron Tricolored 56 -10% 62
Hummingbird Ruby-throated 2 100% 1
Ibis Glossy 344 10% 313
Ibis White 1154 44% 804
Jay Blue 125 178% 45
Jay Scrub 27 108% 13
Kestrel American 36 -23% 47
Killdeer 212 5% 201
Kingbird,Eastern 0 0
Kingfisher Belted 33 83% 18
Kinglet Ruby-crowned 0 -100% 1
Kite Snail cw 1
Knot Red cw 0
Limpkin 33 32% 25
Loon Common 3 0% 3
Meadowlark Eastern 23 21% 19
Merganser Hooded 286 55% 185
Merganser Red-breasted 11 120% 5
Merlin 1 -50% 2
Mockingbird Northern 331 86% 178
Moorhen 101 60% 63
Night-Heron Black-crowned 7 -50% 14
Night-Heron Yellow-crowned 22 214% 7
Nuthatch Brown-headed 4 0% 4
Oriole, Northern 0 0
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Details

Date:
January 19
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Organizer

Michael J. Krzyzkowski
Phone:
(863) 244-2652

Venue

First Alliance Church
20444 Midway Blvd.
Port Charlotte, 33952 United States
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