Date: 1/6/21 10:48 am
From: Paul Anderson <fishoak...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Results from the 2021 Christmas Bird Count Ithaca Circle
Sorry, it looks like I sent out the link to the 2020 sheet by mistake. The
2021 link is this:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qKBp_qY7ZAw6ZPxMNjmfb9bjPjUDNFaH/view.

Thanks to those who pointed this out.

-Paul

On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 8:16 PM Paul Anderson <fishoak...> wrote:

> All:
>
> The Christmas Bird Count and the count week is now over. We had the
> meeting last night to unveil the numbers, which many of you probably
> attended. I suspect there will be a few minor changes before we're
> completely done and ready to upload to Audubon, but I don't think any of
> the major conclusions will be upended.
>
> I have uploaded the spreadsheet with the results here:
> https://drive.google.com/open?id=18fVU66lwWkJgcXKVIZwiXWMak_TOC9nK. Note
> that this has not just the numbers for this year, but all numbers for all
> counts back to the first one in 1963. Feel free to download and browse. In
> the sheet named '2021', see column V for this year's totals, and columns E
> through K for historical data. Also, you can find the map and other
> information here:
> http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/christmas-bird-count.
>
> Here's a summary of the interesting information:
>
> - *181 people* participated, breaking the previous record of 165 from
> 2017
> - Participants walked *315 miles* in *305 hours*, and spent another *94
> hours* birding from the car, and *24 hours* owling
> - We had *89 species* on the day, and *10 count week species*, one of
> which is new for the count
> - *15 species* had record highs, and two tied the previous record
> high. We've never broken so many records before!
> - No record lows or big misses, although a few species were much lower
> than we have been used to in recent years
>
>
> We had a great year for woodpeckers and other feeder birds, as well as a
> few others. The record high counts were for these species:
>
> - White-winged Scoter
> - Turkey Vulture
> - Red-bellied Woodpecker
> - Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
> - Downy Woodpecker
> - Hairy Woodpecker
> - Pileated Woodpecker
> - Common Raven
> - Tufted Titmouse
> - Red-breasted Nuthatch
> - White-breasted Nuthatch
> - Brown Creeper
> - Carolina Wren
> - Eastern Bluebird
> - Hermit Thrush
>
> Ties for record highs:
>
> - Winter Wren
> - Northern Saw-whet Owl
>
> Count week species
>
> - Tundra Swan
> - Gadwall
> - Ring-necked Duck
> - Red-breasted Merganser
> - Ring-necked Pheasant
> - Black Vulture
> - Gyrfalcon - this was new for the count
> - Peregrine Falcon - we only just today confirmed this sighting on
> 12/31.
> - Northern Shrike
> - Snow Bunting
>
>
> The total number of birds counted was 30,293, about 16% down from the
> 10-year average.
>
> At the meeting there was lots of speculation about causes for these
> numbers. It seems fair to conclude that the record effort yielded record
> numbers of birds, a theory that is supported by the fact that we had a
> similar amount of effort in 2011 when we also set many records for many of
> the same birds. The low total is likely mostly due to our part of the lake
> being more empty of birds than we have been used to. Those waterfowl were
> just elsewhere on the day.
>
> Finally, although we all agreed that we were sad not to have the in-person
> dinner at the Lab, all the area leaders were greatly appreciative of the
> extra time to collate numbers. Consequently, we are discussing breaking
> with tradition and doing the dinner on the day after the count instead.
>
> Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out. This was fun!
>
> -Paul
>

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