Date: 1/22/20 6:37 pm From: Fowles, Robert B <rbf...> Subject: Summary of the 2019 State College Christmas Bird Count
The 2019 State College Christmas Count was held on December 15, the second day of the count season. We had eleven groups in the field that day, including one group that did three hours of owling in the general Colyer Lake area, and two people watching bird feeders. The weather was seasonal, with a low of 11 degrees in early morning and 25 at midday. There was no snow on the ground and no precipitation during the day. Given the date, the wind was very reasonable, between 5 and 10 miles per hour, although several found the day to be quite windy.
The bird lists are below. Birds of note are the Bald Eagles, which have occurred on the count before, but rarely, especially before 2001. Bald Eagles have had a considerable recovery in the U.S. in general, and Pennsylvania in particular. The mild December weather increased our waterfowl numbers. Historically robins were around in small numbers, but with the mild weather they occur more often, and with greater numbers. The Meadowlark occurs regularly, but only in very small numbers. The Phoebes are an indication of the mild weather. This was only the seventh year for them in the 80 years of the State College count. Vultures are similar. Black Vultures occurred for only the 8th time and Turkey Vultures for the 6th. The Orange-crowned Warbler was the third occurrence.
Each year we are happy to have people participate. Contact Bob Fowles or me about Thanksgiving next year or send us a note now and we will add you to our list.
Thanks to all who participated!
Jim Dunn (<jwd6...>) Bob Fowles (<rbf...>)
Canada Goose 290 Tundra Swan 39 Wood Duck 1 Mallard 258 Ring-necked Duck 3 Common Merganser 1 duck sp. 14 Ring-necked Pheasant 1 Wild Turkey 17 Great Blue Heron 4 Black Vulture 8 Turkey Vulture 5 Golden Eagle 1 Northern Harrier 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper's Hawk 4 Bald Eagle 4 Red-tailed Hawk 47 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 750 Mourning Dove 34 Eastern Screech-Owl 14 Great Horned Owl 1 Barred Owl 1 Belted Kingfisher 5 Red-bellied Woodpecker 32 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Downy Woodpecker 25 Hairy Woodpecker 23 Northern Flicker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 2 American Kestrel 1 Eastern Phoebe 26 Blue Jay 77 American Crow 273 Fish Crow 11 Common Raven 15 Horned Lark 75 Black-capped Chickadee 58 Tufted Titmouse 29 White-breasted Nuthatch 41 Brown Creeper 28 Winter Wren 8 Carolina Wren 36 Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 62 Hermit Thrush 3 American Robin 273 Northern Mockingbird 21 European Starling 994 American Pipit 2 Cedar Waxwing 35 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 American Tree Sparrow 6 Field Sparrow 16 Dark-eyed Junco 288 White-crowned Sparrow 7 White-throated Sparrow 149 Song Sparrow 40 Northern Cardinal 94 Eastern Meadowlark 1 House Finch 57 Pine Siskin 1 American Goldfinch 60 House Sparrow 269