Date: 1/4/19 9:15 am From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Subject: Another belated CBC report: Canaan
Many thanks to the 21 intrepid surveyors who found 2,060 individuals of 48 species on the Canaan Christmas Bird Count, in spite of a chilly, rainy day on December 16. Many observers trekked for many hours finding very few birds. During Count Week we also found Northern Harrier, Hermit Thrush, and Fox Sparrow. Surprising misses included Rough-legged Hawk, Purple Finch, and Pine Siskin.
The outstanding birds of the day were our first Ruby-crowned Kinglet in 26 years of the count, a Brown Thrasher, and 33 Evening Grosbeaks. Our count joins the club of finding a record number of Red-breasted Nuthatches during this irruption year. We also recorded new high numbers for Mourning Dove, Eastern Screech-Owl, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, and Northern Cardinal. We tied the record for Downy Woodpecker.