Date: 12/23/20 6:59 am From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater Boston CBC
The *48th Greater Boston Christmas Bird Count* was held Sunday December 20 2020; the total number of species recorded was 117 plus 1 count week species (CW). Outstanding was the discovery of an *Eared Grebe* by Ted Bradford on Jamaica Pond on December 6; this is a first for Boston. The Eared Grebe brings the all time total for the Greater Boston CBC including CW to an amazing *234! *Unfortunately the Pacific-slope Flycatcher found November 24 by Ben Shamgochian remained up until December 16, one day shy of count period. The snow storm was devastating.
Noteworthy birds included Snow Goose, 2 Redhead, Virginia Rail, American Woodcock, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Snowy Owls, 4 Pileated Woodpeckers, a Marsh Wren and new high counts for 13 species
The Counts this year were unlike any other with the pandemic, we had had to adhere to the guidelines of social distancing, face coverings and birding solo or with only family or pod members. We did much more walking this year, some group leaders divided their sections into smaller areas leading to better coverage. We had new record high counts for 13 species. The blizzard on December 17 brought over a foot of snow in much of the count circle. Moving about was challenging. The weather at least was cooperative, seasonable temperature and no wind gave us calm seas for maximum viewing. We missed socializing over refreshments at Habitat, hopefully we will get back to the fun of the countdown next year.
Next Years Count will be Sunday December 19 2021- Be There!
Good birding and Happy Holidays
Bob Stymeist, compiler
Greater Boston Christmas Bird Count
December 20 2020
117 species plus 1 Count Week Bird
*Snow Goose 1*
Canada Goose 5259 Mute Swan 118 Wood Duck 8
American Wigeon 4 Mallard 3013
American Black Duck 472
Northern Pintail 1 Green-winged Teal 5
*Redhead 2* Ring-necked Duck 123 Greater Scaup 6 Lesser Scaup 2 Common Eider 1491 Surf Scoter 448 White-winged Scoter 183 Black Scoter *2002-HC*. Last year just a single bird