Date: 12/30/18 7:48 am
From: Linda Seamans <seamans.linda...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] L/A CBC results


The Stanton Bird Club conducted its 39th Christmas Bird Count of the
Lewiston and Auburn area on Saturday, December 29th. In total, seventeen
people participated and recorded 42 species; the average since 2000 is 48.
There was 1" of snow on the ground and most open water was frozen. The
grand total of 4,331 individual birds was well below the average of 5,600.
We had a partly sunny and windy day, with temperatures starting at 32
degrees, rising to 46 by the end of the day. Count week added 3 additional
species.



Overall, waterfowl numbers were low in comparison to prior years. There
was open water on the Androscoggin River, little open water at Lake Auburn
and no open water at Sabattus or Taylor Pond. Raptor counts were up this
year, driven by a new count high of 35 Bald Eagles (21 on Sabattus pond
ice), and a new count high of 3 for Sharp Shinned hawk.

There were no new bird species added to the count this year.

Less-often-seen birds included a Merlin, a flock of Snow Buntings and Pine
Grosbeaks. Count for Tufted Titmouse and White Throated Sparrow reached
new highs, while Mallard, Song Sparrow & Northern Cardinal counts were
above average. On the low side, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee,
Blue Jay and Mourning Dove were below average this year.

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