Date: 1/21/19 11:44 am
From: Nicki Hall via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Final numbers for the 2018 Bristol CBC
Thanks Jack. Good summary.

> On Jan 21, 2019, at 2:06 PM, Jack Swatt <jswattbirds...> wrote:
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> Hi All,
> Finally got the complete numbers compiled for the Bristol CBC. I was hoping to get it out before moving on to other projects, but before you know it I ended up being pulled away in multiple directions.
> Total numbers of birds was down (7261) compared to previous years which is also being seen at other counts. However, the total number of species for this years count was 70 which is a new high. The warmer than usual temperatures and plenty of open water paved the way for great numbers of waterfowl and other birds associated with water to be found. A total of 8 new species were added to the list including CACKLING GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK AND GREAT CORMORANT. Although not a species, a MALLARD x AMER. BLACK DUCK Hybrid was also seen on the count for the first time. The other newcomers, TURKEY VULTURE and BLACK VULTURE are not associated with water, but the warm temperatures and strong winds may have played a role in their ability to soar overhead and be counted.
> The recent warmer than usual temperatures also played a roll in the species which were observed at high numbers for the Bristol count. Twelve species were seen in new high numbers and five species tied high numbers. New high counts of AMERICAN WIGEON 2 (prev. 1), COMMON MERGANSER 59 (prev. 17), GREAT BLUE HERON 22 (prev. 7) and BALD EAGLE 7 (prev. 2) were the direct result of more open water in the count area. The only species to tie high counts that were associated with water were BELTED KINGFISHER (6) and MUSCOVY (1). Other new high count species included EASTERN SCREECH-OWL 9 (prev. 5), NORTHERN FLICKER 14 (prev. 12), FISH CROW 42 (prev. 10), COMMON RAVEN 10 (prev. 9), CAROLINA WREN 22 (prev. 15), EUROPEAN STARLING 1172 (prev. 837), FIELD SPARROW 3 (prev. cw), and COMMON GRACKLE 8 (prev. 3). Despite the optimistic Winter Finch Forecast, only one PINE SISKIN was found on count day which tied the previous high. PEREGRINE FALCON 1 AND BROWN CREEPER 4 rounded out the species which tied previous high counts.
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> On Sunday, December 30, 2018, 12:16:08 PM EST, Jack Swatt <jswattbirds...> wrote:
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> I'm still awaiting a few more lists but so far the results of the 29th Bristol CBC (and 3rd consecutive since the restart) are looking good. Overall numbers of birds are way down, but numbers of species is consistent and quite a few new species were added to the count list. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found by Buzz Devine and Hani Helayel on Wilton Pond in Plymouth. A GREAT CORMORANT and a CACKLING GOOSE were found in Farmington by Michael Aronson, Ken Elkins and Glen Somogie. Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Bufflehead and Mute Swan round out the new species added to the count, none of which are rare, but just seem to have eluded us over the last couple of years. Field Sparrow was a count week species, but 3 were seen this year on count day. So far 9 species have totaled new count highs in our limited data set and a few more are close, so that number may go up once all the numbers are in.
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> Jack Swatt
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> Wolcott CT
> <BRISTOL CBC 2018.xlsx>

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