Date: 1/1/18 1:54 pm From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11...> Subject: Dodge City CBC
The Dodge City CBC was conducted in bitterly cold conditions yesterday, December 31, by a truly fantastic group of seventeen counters in five parties. We tallied 75 species with 2 count week species (Townsend's Solitaire and Lesser Scaup not seen on count day). The highlights may be of interest only to me, but a few things that caught my eye are outlined below:
Geese - VERY enormous numbers of geese and all five species overwintering here, and a total of nearly 42,000 Snow Geese is still probably an underestimate!!
Ducks - 7 species of waterfowl is nothing to scoff at for this count, especially given the availability of water and then water that is actually open... the best were the 2 Wood Ducks and 1 Common Merganser
Doves - Only 3 White-winged Doves... they all go to Garden... only 637 EC Dove!! Down from the recent average but have many we can still share with Garden :) .
Raptors - It's always fun to cruise for raptors and this count encountered 18 (!) Rough-legged Hawks, 3 Ferruginous Hawks, 2 Golden Eagles, and 1 Bald Eagle (rare)... oh and 43 Harriers, 73 Red-tails, 6 Prairie Falcons, and 19 Great Horned Owls!
Nifty passerines - We counted 41 Black-billed Magpies, probably sure to be a Kansas high count. Red Crossbills were located in at least 5 different locales by my best estimation, totaling 87 birds! The 14 Eastern and 6 Mountain Bluebirds northeast of town were the only for the count! A good Longspur year is in progress in this part of the state, with more than 12k Laplands recorded, and a pickup of 10 McCown's Longspurs was an excellent addition to the count! Sparrow numbers were decent though not spectacular. The clutch pickup of 3 Spotted Towhees, 2 Savannahs, 2 Fox, and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows were very nice!
Thanks to all who could help. Syracuse tomorrow should be a lot of fun! Happy New Years to all!