Date: 12/31/19 8:43 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Uxbridge X'mas Count 12/28
Thanks to strickland Wheelock for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA


Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2020 04:24:42 +0000 (UTC)
From: Strickland Wheelock <skwheelock...>
Subject: Uxbridge X'mas Count 12/28

The results have come in from the Uxbridge X'mas Count from Sat 12/28/19
with a total of 67 species plus 3 count week birds, total of 6648
individual birds compared to 5361 individuals from 2018 - near ideal
weather conditions from 37 degrees at 5 am up to 46 degrees mid-day.
with clear skies and little wind.
Fourteen teams composed of 29 participants split up the 15 mile radius
circle that centered at the junction of Rte 146 & Rte 16.
Day started owling as 17 E Screech Owls, 3 Gt-horned Owls were found and
later 1 Barred Owl was seen during daylight.
Of the 67 species recorded, 19 species were seen by only 1 team - Common
Loon, Green-w Teal, Ring-n Duck, N Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Virginia
Rail, Barred Owl, Yellow-breasted Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, E
Phoebe, Fish Crow, Red-b Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-r
Warbler, E Towhee, Am Tree Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Brown-h Cowbird
Species seen by only 2 teams - Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkey, Belted
Kingfisher, Ruby-cr Kinglet, N Mockingbird, Swamp Sparrow
Count week species were Saw-whet Owl, Black Vulture and Gt Blue Heron
Highest combined numbers counted for some species were Canada Goose
[1096], Blk-c Chickadee [753], S-c Junco [433], Tufted Titmouse [331],
Wht-b Nuthatch [240], Cedar Waxwings [138], Downy Woodpeckers [121].....
No winter finches in count
This snapshot of the bird life in the Uxbridge X'mas Count radius
compared to previous years at the approx same date provides valuable
data on population changes in the area - so many species when I was
growing up [many years ago] like Evening Grosbeaks, Common Redpolls,
Pine Siskin, etc were expected but no longer - now new species are
replacing them that once were not part of the counts....all interesting
Thanks again to all the participants who helped in the field to collect
and record the data

Strickland Wheelock & Beth Milke
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