Date: 1/3/21 9:01 am
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Sandwich CBC results
The 26th Sandwich Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, December 27,
2020. Mostly cloudy skies and a moderate (6-12mph) breeze made the day
feel chillier than what the thermometer readings of 25–35F would
suggest. Recent
mild temperatures and a steady rain on Christmas Day melted most of the
deep snow cover (Sandwich Dome had only 5") and opened up most of the water
on Squam and Lake Winnipesaukee, as well as rivers and streams, though
ponds and some coves on the big lakes remained frozen. Conditions were thus
excellent for waterfowl (8 species seen), and, combined with an excellent
diversity of irruptive finches and frugivores (Pine Siskin was the only
“regular” irruptive missed), and record participation from 55 individuals
in 15 field teams and 20 feedering stations, a slew of records were set.
Three new species were seen (Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, and Canada Jay),
new high counts (HC) were set for 9 species (and tied for one more), and
the total species count of 60 (59 + 1 “Grouse sp.” which counts towards the
total as Ruffed wasn’t tallied for the day) easily surpassed the old record
of 54 set during the 2014-15 CBC. With the three new species, the
cumulative number seen during count day now stands at 88.

I would like to give a warm "thank you" to Tony Vazzano, who compiled this
CBC for nearly 20 years before handing the pen and clipboard over to me -
and to Jim Vernon the previous compiler (and longtime participant). I would
also like to give a special mention to another longtime participant John
Merrill of Center Harbor, who has recently "retired" from bird banding
after nearly 60 years (he started in 1961!). Over the years, John has
banded over 20,000 birds and thus contributed tomes of local data to the
Bird Banding Lab. John says his most memorable was a Common Redpoll that
was later recovered in Alaska! And thanks to everyone who participated -
you've made for one memorable count day!

Canada Goose 2 (only the 5th record)

Mallard 146 (HC)

Am. Black Duck 2

Ring-necked Duck 4 (new sp. – Lynn Zeltman found 3
drakes + a hen Center Harbor docks)

Bufflehead 1 (new sp. – I found a hen
at Center Harbor, seen from Wharf St)

Common Goldeneye 3 (Center Harbor, seen from the docks)

Hooded Merganser 35 (2nd highest)

Common Merganser 273

Ring-necked Pheasant 4 (HC; 4th record)

Grouse sp. 1 (flushed ~3400 ft on
Sandwich Dome by Abigail Stone & Emma Brandt )

Wild Turkey 83

Rock Pigeon 24

Mourning Dove 102

Ring-billed Gull 9 (HC)

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Northern Goshawk 1 (adult found by Glen and Lori-Ann
Chretien in Balmoral)

Bald Eagle 9 (HC, 4 adults, 4
juveniles, and one unknown age)

Red-tailed Hawk 3

Rough-legged Hawk 1 (4th record; dark morph found by
Jim Vernon over Whiteface-Intervale)

Barred Owl 6 (ties HC – we’ve now had
6 Barred Owls on 5 CBC’s)

RB Woodpecker 17 (HC)

YB Sapsucker 1 (found by Jane Rice at
Vappi Vale in Moultonborough)

Downy Woodpecker 91 (HC)

Hairy Woodpecker 85 (HC)

Pileated Woodpecker 17

Northern Shrike 2 (one found by Randy and
Charlotte at White Gates Farm, and another by Rick, Katy, and Conor at Long
Point, Squam Lake)

Canada Jay 1 (new CBC species –
continuing bird at Bob Ridgely’s, he found it 14 Dec)

Blue Jay 617 (HC)

American Crow 99

Common Raven 42

BC Chickadee 1110 (4th highest)

Boreal Chickadee 9

Tufted Titmouse 180 (HC)

GC Kinglet 9

RB Nuthatch 167

WB Nuthatch 249 (2nd highest)

Brown Creeper 21

Carolina Wren 1 (found by Tony Vazzano on
Diamond Ledge Rd)

European Starling 64

Eastern Bluebird 29 (2nd highest – down a bit from
last year’s record of 38)

American Robin 30

Bohemian Waxwing 20

Cedar Waxwing 1

House Sparrow 49

Evening Grosbeak 11 (1st count day record since

Pine Grosbeak 13

House Finch 13

Purple Finch 1

Common Redpoll 199

Hoary Redpoll 1 (5th record – found by Tony

Red Crossbill 7

White-winged Crossbill 1

American Goldfinch 17 (2nd lowest – previous low was 11
during the 2018-19 CBC)

Snow Bunting 54

Eastern Towhee 1 (3rd record, last was during
the 2000-01 CBC)

Am. Tree Sparrow 8

Dark-eyed Junco 46

WT Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 1

Northern Cardinal 33

Total Individuals 4029 (2nd highest – previous record
was 4167 during the 2014-15 CBC)

Total Species 59 + 1 “sp.” = 60 (A new

Count Week species (seen 3 days before or after count day): Cooper’s Hawk,
Rusty Blackbird

Good Birding and Happy New Year!

Ken Klapper

Compiler, Sandwich NH CBC

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