Monday, January 3, 2011

DuBois Christmas Bird Count 12/31/2010

Friday morning, I had the pleasure to assist with the DuBois CBC. I started around 7:00 am and finished around noon. I ended up seeing a total of 18 species in my section of the CBC with highlights of a Merlin and Eastern Meadowlark. In another region, I went to look for a Northern Shrike that could not be found and ended up finding it. Dan Richards found a flock of about 200 Snow Buntings, so I went to find those because I needed them for my state list. On my way to the field that held the buntings, I observed 2 Rough-legged Hawks soaring together over some reclaimed strip mines. I ended up finding the buntings by listening for them. The flock was hard to find in the corn stubble, but eventually put up in the air. It was a massive flock of buntings. Below is a list of birds from my section of the CBC plus a few photos. Enjoy.

Location:     Falls Creek Area
Observation date:     12/31/10
Number of species:     18

Wild Turkey - Meleagris gallopavo     12
Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis     2
American Kestrel - Falco sparverius     1
Merlin - Falco columbarius     1
Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura     20
Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata     3
American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos     20
Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus     10
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) - Sitta carolinensis carolinensis     1
Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus     1
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris     20
American Tree Sparrow - Spizella arborea     4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) - Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis     4
Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis     1
Eastern Meadowlark - Sturnella magna     1
House Finch - Carpodacus mexicanus     7
American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis     3
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus     10

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American Tree Sparrow (Falls Creek Area 12/31/2010)

flock of Eastern Wild Turkey (Falls Creek Area 12/31/2010)
Northern Shrike (Clearfield County 12/31/2010)

huge flock of Snow Buntings (Clearfield County 12/31/2010)

1 comment:

  1. The flock of snow buntings is amazing! Thanks for sharing.