2010-01-14 / News

Island birders count 67 species during annual bird count

After being postponed due to bad weather, the Conanicut Island Christmas Bird Count was held this past weekend. The following is a list of the species and number of birds spotted by bird watchers on the island:

Red-throated Loon, 6; Common Loon, 2; Horned Grebe, 1; Red-necked Grebe, 2; Northern Gannet, 2; Double Crested Cormorant, 2; Brant, 13; Canada Goose, 224; Black Duck, 19; Mallard, 53; Gadwall, 1; American Widgeon, 12; Greater Scaup, 2; Common Eider, 372; Harlequin Duck, 25; Black Scoter, 6; Surf Scoter, 2; White-winged Scoter, 4; Common Goldeneye, 38; Bufflehead, 24; Red-breasted Merganser, 42; Redshouldered Hawk, 1; Red-tailed Hawk, 8; Merlin, 1; and Kildeer, 1.

Also sighted were Bonaparte’s Gull, 19; Ring-billed Gull, 67; Herring Gull, 114; Greater Black Back Gull, 10; Black-legged Kittiwake, 26; Razorbill, 2; Rock Pigeon, 18; Mourning Dove, 34; Barred Owl, 1; Red-bellied Woodpecker, 7; Downy Woodpecker, 7; Northern Flicker, 5; Blue Jay, 22; American Crow, 60; Black-capped Chickadee, 36; Tufted Titmouse, 54; White-breasted Nuthatch, 7; and Brown Creeper, 1.

Also Carolina Wren, 9; Goldencrested Kinglet, 5; Hermit Thrush, 1; American Robin, 100; Gray Catbird, 6; Northern Mockingbird, 7; Brown Thrasher, 1; Starling, 341; Cedar Waxwing, 5; Yellow-rumped Warbler, 12; Northern Cardinal, 34; Eastern Towee, 3; American Tree Sparrow, 1; Savannah Sparrow, 8; Song Sparrow, 38; White-throated Sparrow, 34; Dark-eyed Junco, 27; Snow Bunting, 1; Red-winged Blackbird, 6; Eastern Meadowlark, 6; Common Grackle, 50; House Finch, 57; American Goldfinch, 7; and House Sparrow, 42.

A total of 67 species were spotted that day.

Birds seen a few days before or after the count, but not on the actual count day, include Great Blue Heron, Fox Sparrow, Screech Owl, Purple Finch and Peregrine Falcon.

Field observers were Wayne Munns, Dick Boenning, Candy Powell, Jane Toll, Barbara Sherman, B. J. Whitehouse, Dick Graefe, Ed Dettmann and Bruce Foresman. Reporting in from home were Gail Chase and Evelyn Rhodes.

Any additional interesting bird sightings may be reported to Candy Powell at 423-1492 or Evelyn Rhodes at 423-1254.

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