Date: 1/7/19 6:30 pm
From: Karen Etter Hale <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender chimneyswift1 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Waterloo CBC 2018 - Final results
The 19th Waterloo CBC, held Sunday, Dec. 16, had its worst year ever for the total number of birds: 6,162 (next lowest 7,223 in 2014; record high of 18,158 in 2015). This was despite a record number of 24 counters in the field, a record 78 hours recorded, and a tie for the number of miles driven and walked at 574. This reflects what many are saying about seeing low numbers of birds this winter.


The only obvious factor holding numbers down was the lack of any open spots on Rock Lake this year compared with 2017. Rock Lake froze well ahead of the count both years, but the one open spot in 2017 held a good variety of ducks and at least 1,500 Canada Geese. That doesn't account for the entire disparity, though, and neither does the weather, which was essentially the same both years. Temperatures were in the 30s in 2017, and rose from 28 to 47 this year. Nor was there any snow either year to push field birds to the edges.



On the other hand, the tally of 59 species beat out 12 other years in our 19 years of counting. And while most counters claimed the day was slow, collectively we had some good finds. Our best had to be the young Snowy Owl on Rock Lake, the first since the very first year of the count in 2000! Other good finds included single Red-headed Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird, and two White-crowned Sparrows.



A big thank you to the 24 counters (11 field parties) and to the 8 feeder counters!



Canada Goose – 502

Mallard - 80 (second lowest; 65 in 2013)

Ring-necked Pheasant - 35 (second highest; 69 in 2007)

Wild Turkey - 82

Great Blue Heron - 4 (same as last year's highest ever)

N. Harrier – 11 (same as the highest of 11 in 2012)

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1

Cooper's Hawk - 6

Red-tailed Hawk - 71 (same as the highest of 71 in 2006)

Rough-legged Hawk - 1

Sandhill Crane - 1

Herring Gull - 14

(Gull species - 3)

Rock Pigeon - 374

Mourning Dove - 196

E. Screech Owl - 1

Great Horned Owl – 11

Snowy Owl - 1 (first since the first year of the count in 2000!!)

Barred Owl – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Red-headed Woodpecker - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 57

Downy Woodpecker - 94

Hairy Woodpecker – 23

Northern Flicker - 1

Pileated Woodpecker - 1 (fourth time found)

Amer. Kestrel – 11

Northern Shrike - 3

Blue Jay - 133

American Crow - 298 (second lowest; 267 in 2013)

Horned Lark - 4

Black-capped Chickadee - 236

Tufted Titmouse - 22

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 6

White-breasted Nuthatch - 104

Brown Creeper - 8 (second highest; 9 in 2017)

Carolina Wren - 1 (fourth time found)

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2

Hermit Thrush - 1 (third time found)

Amer. Robin - 5

European Starling - 1,857

Cedar Waxwing - 33

Lapland Longspur - 35

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1

Amer. Tree Sparrow - 137 (second lowest; 128 in 2002)

Fox Sparrow - 1

Song Sparrow - 24 (third lowest in 18 years)

Swamp Sparrow - 1 (first in five years)

White-throated Sparrow - 1

White-crowned Sparrow - 2 (first in five years)

Dark-eyed Junco - 325 (second lowest; 243 in 2015)

Northern Cardinal - 112

Red-winged Blackbird – 8

Rusty Blackbird - 1 (second time ever; 450 in 2001)

Brown-headed Cowbird - 84 (second highest; 131 in 2006)

House Finch - 113

Pine Siskin 53

American Goldfinch - 68 (second lowest; 51 in 2000)

House Sparrow - 840

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Karen Etter Hale
Lake Mills, WI
<chimneyswift1...>

*****
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