2009-06-04 / Letters to the Editor

Islanders count 91 bird species in spring session

The 25th annual Conanicut Island Spring Bird Count was held the weekend of May 9 and 10.

Because of inclement weather on Saturday the count was extended into Sunday. A total of 91 species were seen, two more than last year's total, but well below the all-time high of 114.

Notable species were Least Flycatcher, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Duck, American Oystercatcher, Pied-billed Grebe, Glossy Ibis, 10 Osprey and 12 species of warblers.

The most abundant species were American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Canada Goose, Glossy Ibis, and Herring Gull.

Twelve birders participated in the field and five more reported sightings from home. For a complete list of sightings contact Candy Powell at 423-1492. Please report any interested sightings to Candy, or to Evelyn Rhodes at 423-1254. Candy Powell Jamestown

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