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Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count 2004

Press Release
Written by:  Mike Jaques
January 5, 2005

The 61st annual Carleton Place Audubon Christmas Bird Count took place on Monday December 27th. Birds were counted within a circle of 15 miles diameter centered on the bridge over the Mississippi River in Carleton Place. The weather was bitterly cold but sunny with moderate wind-chill factor and lots of snow on the ground. Mississippi Lake, River and streams were frozen except where water was fast flowing. 27 field observers and 27 feeder operators took part in the count.

The number of species recorded was 45, a little better than usual. However, the number of birds counted was 4480, which is lower than normal. Two species never before seen on our count were tallied: a Tufted Titmouse near Almonte and an Eastern Towhee in Carleton Place. Both were coming to feeders in the weeks before the count and graciously stayed to be counted.

There were record high counts of four species:

Wild Turkey 72 (previous high 49 in 2001)

Great Gray Owl 2 (previous high 1, last seen in 2000)

Bald Eagle 2 (tied the previous high from 2003)

Barred Owl 2 (tied the previous high from 1984)

At the end of the day the field observers gathered at the 7 West Cafe to report their findings, enjoy refreshments and view the field results displayed on the master chart. The count was organized by on behalf of Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists by Cliff Bennett. Georgina Doe organized the feeder counts and Mike Jaques compiled the final results. Bennett thanked all participants for their efforts under trying weather conditions.

A list of all species recorded and their numbers is as follows;

Canada Goose 3

Common Goldeneye 40

Hooded Merganser 1

Common Merganser 1

Bald Eagle 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk 2

Northern Goshawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 6

Rough-legged Hawk 1

Ruffed Grouse 14

Wild Turkey 72

Rock Pigeon 626

Mourning Dove 286

Barred Owl 2

Great Gray Owl 2

Downy Woodpecker 57

Hairy Woodpecker 64

Pileated Woodpecker 6

Northern Shrike 3

Blue Jay 300

American Crow 297

Common Raven 21

Horned Lark 15

Black-capped Chickadee 1038

Tufted Titmouse 1

Red-breasted Nuthatch 4

White-breasted Nuthatch 101

American Robin 3

European Starling 225

Bohemian Waxwing 46

Cedar Waxwing 55

Eastern Towhee 1

American Tree Sparrow 110

Song Sparrow 2

Dark-eyed Junco 35

Lapland Longspur 3

Snow Bunting 78

Northern Cardinal 65

Purple Finch 4

House Finch 17

Common Redpoll 328

Pine Siskin 23

American Goldfinch 278

Evening Grosbeak 6

House Sparrow 234

Bird Counts:

Xmas Bird Count 2004

Field Report

Feeder Report

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Christmas Bird Count 2003 Yields Bald Eagles

Press Release
Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
Submitted by:  Cliff Bennett
Friday, January 2, 2004

Christmas Bird Count 2003 Yields Bald Eagles

Results Christmas Bird Count 2003 

Bald EagleFinding and listing two bald eagles on the 59th Annual Carleton Place Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was well overdue. The large raptor had been spotted several times during the past few years during the count week but never before on count day. One was listed by the Pip Winters team on the Mississippi Lake shore in the Scotch Corners area while the other appeared to the Lynda Bennett team near Upper Perth Road in Lanark Highlands.

The Carleton Place CBC, conducted in one of over two thousand count circles in North and Central America and the Caribbean, was held on Saturday, December 27 in Spring-like conditions with no snow on the ground except in the bush, streams running in full flood and the Mississippi Lake more open than usual. Thirty-four field observers and thirty-three feeder counters took part in the local exercise and listed forty-four different species (above average) and 5829 individual birds (below average).

In addition to the first registry of the bald eagles, record high counts were made for Canada Goose, 318 (previous high 101) and Cooper’s Hawk, three (previous high only one). Also found to tie previous records were one Merlin, first listed in 1999 and one Northern Hawk-Owl, first found on a count day in 1965. Birders looking for the Hawk-Owl on Old Union Hall Road in Ramsay the next day, found American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds and White-winged Crossbills, which were listed as found during the count week. Last year, 338 robins were found on count day, but none this year.

The complete list for the count is as follows:

Canada Goose, 318

Mallard, 1

Common Goldeneye, 30

Common Mergansers, 32

Bald Eagle, 2

Cooper’s Hawk, 3

Red-tailed Hawk, 14

Rough-legged Hawk, 10

Merlin, 1

Ruffed Grouse, 23

Wild Turkey, 34

Ring-billed Gull, 1

Herring Gulls, 29

Great Black-backed Gull, 1

Rock Pigeons, 512

Mourning Doves, 207

Northern Hawk-owl, 1

Downy Woodpecker, 55

Hairy Woodpecker, 62

Pileated Woodpecker, 11

Northern Shrike, 10

Blue Jays, 287

American Crow, 470

Common Raven, 14

Black-capped Chickadees, 1041

Red-breasted Nuthatch, 5

White-breasted Nuthatch 115,

Brown Creeper, 3

Starlings, 663

Bohemian Waxwings, 53

Cedar Waxwings, 2

American Tree Sparrows, 173

Dark-eyed Junco, 65

Snow Bunting, 326

Cardinals, 40

Brown-headed Cowbird, 1

Pine Grosbeak, 1

Purple Finch, 5

House Finch, 9

Common Redpoll, 732

Pine Siskin, 1

American Goldfinch, 233

Evening Grosbeaks, 66

House Sparrow, 169

Participants on the count gathered at the end of the day in Kelly’s Loft Restaurant and Pub, Highway 29, to watch the results being listed and to share experiences and refreshments. The CBC was sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists and organized by Cliff Bennett. Georgina Doe, Carleton Place, assisted by Libby Goddard, Almonte, coordinated the feeder counts and results were compiled and forwarded to Bird Studies Canada by Mike Jaques, Beckwith.

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MVFN Holds Successful Christmas Bird Count 2002

Press Release
Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
January 4, 2003
Written by: Cliff Bennett

OwlThe 58th Annual Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count took place on Friday, Dec. 27. The count area, centred on the bridge in Carleton Place, includes areas almost to Innisville, Ferguson Falls and Union Hall, Almonte, east to Dwyer Hill Road, South to Ashton and Franktown. Twenty-nine field observers took to the rural roads, trails and woodlots and, during the course of the day, counted 5600 individual birds of thirty-nine different species. In addition, thirty-seven residents with feeders at home, counted a further 1012 birds bringing the total for the day to 6612.

The results of this count, which can be viewed on, were slightly lower in species but higher in numbers from previous years. Record high numbers of mourning doves, northern flicker, blue jays, robins, starlings and cedar waxwings were tallied. All finches were very low and, for the first year since 1970, there were no evening grosbeaks around.

The Carleton Place count is sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists. MVFN Past-President Cliff Bennett organized the teams and areas of the count. MVFN member Georgina Doe coordinated the feeder counts, assisted by MVFN member Libby Goddard. MVFN member Mike Jaques was the official compiler.

Taking part as counters in the field were Al Potvin, Chris Hume, Tine Kuiper, Mike McPhail, Paul Frigon, Pip Winters, Mary and Howard Robinson, Allan and Peter Goddard, Lynda Bennett, all from Mississippi Mills; Don Brown, Rick Muise, Ken and Eileen Ross, all from Ottawa; Bruce Legallais, Bobby and John Clarke, Lanark Highlands; Mike and Joyce Jaques, Arnie Simpson, Joel Byrne, from Beckwith; Brenda Carter, Ed LeBlanc and Rick Carter, Merrickville and Ian and Susan Wilkes, Carleton Place.

Results of the count are as follows:

Canada Goose (8), Mallards (4), Common Goldeneye (16), Common Merganser (24), Sharp-shinned hawk (1), Red-tailed Hawk (6), Rough-legged Hawk (5), Ruffed Grouse (10), Rock Dove (656), Mourning Doves (376), Snowy Owl (1), Downy Woodpecker (71), Hairy Woodpecker (59), Northern Flicker (2), Pileated Woodpecker (9), Northern Shrike (3), Blue Jay (642), Crow (249), Ravens (8), Black-capped Chickadee (866), Red-breasted Nuthatch (4), White-breasted Nuthatch (101), Brown Creeper (5), Golden-crowned Kinglet (4), Robins (338), Starlings (1290), Bohemian Waxwing (21), Cedar Waxwing (432), Tree Sparrows (325), Song Sparrow (1), White-crowned Sparrow (1), Junco (123), Snow Bunting (352), Cardinal (61), Purple Finch (80), House Finch (112), Common Redpoll (30), Goldfinch (146), House Sparrow (170).

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