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2020 Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count Results

 

 

 

On December 27th, 2020 local Mississippi Valley and area volunteers took part in the 121th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC).    The annual event is a worldwide citizen science project organized by Audubon and Birds Canada and it is supported by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists.   The event involves the surveying of bird populations within thousands of predefined areas, each roughly 450 square km. Volunteers record the number and the species type of each bird seen anywhere within a 12 km radius circle centered on the Carleton Place downtown bridge.  The recorded sightings are valuable data provided to Audubon for their ongoing research into changes and distributions of bird populations.

This year’s CBC was supported by 30 field and 29 feeder observers who recorded 8338 individual birds comprising 51 species.  The results are very close to our record levels of 8800 individuals and 52 species.   In addition, there were 4 count week species and 8 records tied or broken.

  • Green-winged Teal – found by Rene behind RONA – a first ever
  • Mallard – record high 95 with 83 from Mike’s CP town count
  • Bald Eagle at 7
  • Coopers Hawk – tied at 3
  • Raven – at 86
  • White-breasted Nuthatch at 265
  • Cardinal at 93
  • Eastern Towhee – continues at a local feeder

Ravens by: Sheila Craig and Redpoll by: Penny Osbourne

There were over 1300 Common Redpolls seen with a couple of Hoary Redpolls mixed in, as well there was good numbers of Bohemians and Raptors.  A couple of Red-winged Blackbirds and a Bluebird were still in the area (good spotting Mary – last time I remember it was you and Howard who brought home the Bluebirds).

Thank you one and all for your participation and excellent efforts.  A special thanks to the new participants (Natalika, Irena, Gerard, William and Sheila) and the return of Ron who did his traditional trail walk.  Best to all of you in 2021 and may all of your birding include at least one new species.

The complete list of sightings can be found on the MVFN website under the Birding menu as well as on the Audubon site within their CBC pages for all areas including ours which is designated by Audubon as “ONCP”.

Happy New Year to All of You.

Cheers

Iain

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Local Area Christmas Bird Counts

 

 

Announcement by Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

 

Once again it is the Audubon Christmas Bird Count season!  This is the 121th year of Christmas Bird Counts and there are three planned for our area; Rideau Ferry, Carleton Place, and Lanark Highlands. Birders and nature enthusiasts in the three CBCs and surrounding areas can join citizen scientists throughout the world and participate in the Audubon Society’s longest-running wintertime tradition, the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC).  Thousands of individuals participate in counts beyond between December 14 and January 5 each year. Every CBC volunteer is an important contributor, helping to shape the overall direction of bird conservation.  Birds Canada and its partner, the National Audubon Society in the United States rely on data from the CBC database to monitor bird populations.

The CBC tradition began over a century ago when 27 conservationists in 25 localities, led by scientist and writer Frank Chapman, changed the course of ornithological history.  On Christmas Day in 1900, the small group proposed an alternative to the ‘side hunt,’ a Christmas day activity in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most birds and small mammals.  Instead, Chapman suggested that they identify, count, and record all the birds they saw, founding what is now considered to be the world’s most significant citizen-based conservation effort.   The first Audubon bird count in Carleton Place took place in 1944.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the CBC. You don’t need to be an expert but it helps to be familiar with local bird species.  This year will be very different as the counts will need to be done in line with all local health guidelines regards COVID 19.    For the count day it means first and foremost no one should participate unless they are showing no symptoms and feel safe doing a day in the field.  Secondly, field observers should only share the same vehicle with others if they are safe doing so. Thirdly all participates should have a mask available whenever required.  Finally, there will be no count meeting at the end of the day.  Instead each coordinator will arrange to distribute the results to participants. For more information or to register for the CBC at any of the 3 count circles please contact one of the following CBC Coordinators:

Count Date CBC Coordinator Contact
Rideau Ferry Dec 19th Alison Bentley
Carleton Place Dec 27th Iain Wilkes
Lanark Highlands Dec 30th Jeff Mills

Best of the Season to All

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Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count Results

On December 27th, 2019 local Mississippi Valley and area volunteers took part in the 120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The annual event is a worldwide citizen science project organized by Audubon, Birds Canada and supported by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists. The event involves the surveying of bird populations within thousands of predefined areas, each roughly 450 square km. It was a foggy mild day when volunteers recorded the number and species type of each bird seen anywhere within a 12 km radius circle centered on the Carleton Place downtown bridge. The recorded sightings are valuable data provided to Audubon for their ongoing research into changes and distributions of bird populations.

Merlin – Photo by Remy Poulin

This year CBC was supported by 34 field and 27 feeder observers who recorded 5326 individual birds comprising 44 species. The results are very close to the 10-year average. Highlights were a first ever Winter Wren heard singing outside of Almonte as well as a record number of White-breasted Nuthatches (194) and Pileated Woodpeckers (21) seen. A wide range of raptors were observed including Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk as well as Barred Owl and Northern Hawk Owl. Due to abundant seeds this year in the northern boreal forest, many finches did not come south resulting in very few being seen in our area. The complete list of sightings can be found at CP CBC Results 2019  as well as on the Audubon site within their CBC pages for all areas including ours which is designated by Audubon as “ONCP”.

At the end of the day field observers gathered at the Carleton Place Library to share stories and pictures as well as submit their results to Iain Wilkes the local CBC Coordinator. Many thanks to the MVFN Social Committee volunteers, Suzanne and Jane, who provide much needed refreshment and snacks.

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