Six birders (one short of the record of 7) in four parties braved the cold and wind chill for the Waconda CBC on 12/27.
We were able to tally 84 species with some misses (Turkey, Kingfisher Wigeon, Creeper Bluebird), but some great birds not always seen. We were one short of the all-time high species count of 85 but well over the average of 71 for this count.
Red Crossbills found by Kevin Groeneweg were new for the count.
Six Greater Scaup were also first time for this count.
Two Snowy Owls were a high count for the species and only the second time for this bird. Great-tailed Grackles were also seen for only the second time with 550 blowing away the previous high count. Snow buntings have been found on two previous counts.
We almost missed American Robin with 5 individuals seen and Chickadee with just one seen.
Thank you to Jared, Kevin, Joe, Carolyn, and Scott for coming and helping with the count.