Date: 1/4/18 2:43 pm From: Tim Johnson <tim.the.fisherman...> Subject: [obol] Salem Christmas Bird Count Results
The 2017-18 Salem Christmas Bird Count took place on Saturday, December 16. This was our 55th Count Year. With the other CBCs that we participated in this year, it took us a while to compile these results. So finally, here they are.
The Salem CBC total species count was *104*, same as last year, this despite better weather and many more boots in the field. This year, we had a record number of 76 field participants, compared to 59 last year. The previous high number of field participants was 69 in 2015, a year we found 111 species, despite Minto-Brown Island Park being closed due to high water and flooding. Minto-Brown is a major hot spot in our circle.
Given the significant increase in effort this year, it's surprising the total species count wasn't higher. It's even more surprising that we saw fewer total numbers of birds this year, 22,604 compared to 31,486 last year when we had freezing temperatures, icy roads and snow. However, this year we did have one new species for the count, and eight species with record high numbers.
The new count species was the WILD TURKEY. A gang of WILD TURKEY has been rooming the streets of Salem for the past couple of years. Last year we saw WILD TURKEY during Count Week but not on Count Day. This year we found them on Count Day, in three different locations! So it seems that the population of WILD TURKEY in the Salem area is growing and disbursing.
Following last year when we had high counts for 10 bird species, this year we had record high counts for 8 bird species:
- CACKLING GOOSE: 29,742 (previous high was 26,325 in 2015-16). With the relatively recent split of the Canada Goose, it's not all that surprising that we would see record highs of the new Cackling Goose.
- GREAT EGRET: 12 (previous high was 9 in 2004-05).
- RED-TAILED HAWK: 146 (previous high was 145 in 1987-88).
- WILSON'S SNIPE: 100 (previous high was 44 in 2005-06).
- ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD: 160 (previous high was 115 in 2016-17).
- DOWNY WOODPECKER: 89 (previous high was 70 in 2016-17).
- HAIRY WOODPECKER: 15 (previous high was 11 in 2004-05).
- PACIFIC WREN: 28 (previous high was 25 in 2016-17).
- ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: 3 (previous high was 2 in 2011-12).
You will notice that the previous highs counts for some of these species was very recent, as recent as last year, indicating a possible upward trend.
Tim Johnson and Barbara Dolan Salem CBC co-compilers