77th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count

Saturday December 23, 2000

The count recorded 111 species and 41,958 birds.

Highlights include:

Red-necked Grebe and Northern Gannet off Rye
Northern Goshawk in Bronx Park
Two Merlins, one in Rye, the other at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck
A Pair of Peregrines at the Broadway Bridge
Black-headed Gull at Spuyten Duyvil
Eight Monk Parakeet at the Stadium in Pelham Bay Park
Northern Saw-whet Owl also in Pelham
Eastern Phoebe at Greenhaven Beach, Rye
Twenty-one Horned Larks along the Long Island Sound area of the Bronx
Three Marsh Wrens, one behind the Hommocks School in Larchmont and two in Rye
Four American Pipits at the Ardsley Middle School
A Pine Warbler at a Riverdale feeder
A flock of Twenty Chipping Sparrows along with a Lincoln's Sparrow in Van
Cortlandt Park
And two White-crowned Sparrows were also at the Hommocks School, Larchmont.

The Black headed Gull was the 3rd count record (last seen in 1985). The Pine Warbler was also the 3rd record, last seen in 1972 and the Lincoln's Sparrow was the 4th count record, last seen in 1996.

Waterfowl were down this year after many record highs last year. American Black Duck were low and Greater Scaup set a 68 year low! Only 231 Greater Scaup were seen. The large flock of Scaup left Playland Lake, Rye, possibly due to poor management of the lake. Horned Grebe set a 49 year low(5), Great Cormorant a 22 year low and Black-capped chickadee a 23 year low.

Missed were Pied-billed Grebe, Black-crowned Night Heron, Northern Pintail, Redhead, and Red-shouldered Hawk.

New high counts were set for Brant (1104 ), Wild Turkey (20), American Robin (613), Northern Cardinal (445) and Chipping Sparrow (21). Fox Sparrow set a 25 year high (112)

American Crow numbers dropped slightly in most areas after the significant drop in numbers from 1998 to 1999. The exception being the West Bronx which had 1151 this year mainly due to the major roost at the Botanical Gardens. In 1999 the West Bronx only had 320. What is not known is whether the roost was way down in 1999 or was it just missed by the party

Thanks to all who volunteered. About 80 people were on the count and twenty-nine of us enjoyed the compilation dinner, which was held at San Martino Ristorante this year.

Next year's count will be held Sunday, December 23, 2001. Hope to see you there.

Michael Bochnik
(914) 237-9331
BochnikM@cs.com

 

  Species Yonkers Hudson Valley East Bronx West Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

TOTALS

 

1

Red-throated Loon          

3

3

 

2

Common Loon     2    

4

6

 

3

Horned Grebe     1    

4

5

49 year low

4

Red-necked Grebe          

1

1

Off Rye

5

Northern Gannet          

1

1

3rd year in a row

6

Great Cormorant     8  

12

11

31

22 year low

7

Double-crested Cormorant    

2

1

5

1

9

 

8

Great Blue Heron    

2

6

3

24

35

 

9

Mute Swan

9

 

25

3

68

11

116

 

10

Snow Goose        

3

6

9

 

11

Brant

110

  466  

528

 

 

1104

New high count (907 in 1998)

12

Canada Goose

691

270

1724

860

2953

1083

7581

 

13

Wood Duck      

20

3

 

23

 

14

Green-winged Teal (Am.)

7

    9 3  

19

 

15

American Black Duck

4

1

345

46

202

136

734

low

16

Mallard

202

83

324

543

534

270

1956

 
  mallard hybrid

2

 

1

2

2

1

8

 
  Species Yonkers Hudson Valley East Bronx West Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

TOTALS

 

17

Northern Shoveler

3

   

48

26  

77

 

18

Gadwall    

38

 

8

56

102

 

19

American Wigeon     43  

74

174

291

 

20

Canvasback

22

8

42

9

2

31

114

 

21

Ring-necked Duck       1

9

 

10

 

22

Greater Scaup     167  

48

16

231

68 year low!

23

Lesser Scaup     100    

5

105

 

24

Long-tailed Duck          

13

13

 

25

Common Goldeneye    

23

1

26

42

92

 

26

Bufflehead

2

1

320

 

 
 

249

203

775

27

Hooded Merganser

6

 

15

28

38

79

166

 

28

Common Merganser      

7

3

 

10

 

29

Red-breasted Merganser

30

  79  

77

87

273

 

30

Ruddy Duck

16

     

102

32

150

 
  Species Yonkers Hudson Valley East Bronx West Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

TOTALS

 

31

Turkey Vulture

1

1

   

2

 

4

 

32

Northern Harrier     2    

2

4

 

33

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

1

3

3

4

1

13

 

34

Cooper's Hawk    

2

5

3

3

13

 

35

Northern Goshawk      

1

   

1

Third year in a row

36

Red-tailed Hawk

13

10

19

18

30

17

107

 

37

American Kestrel           1

1

 

38

Merlin          

2

2

 

39

Peregrine Falcon      

2

   

2

6th year in a row

40

Ring-necked Pheasant    

11

5

   

16

 

41

Wild Turkey

cw

3

   

2

15

20

New record high (8 in 1995)

42

Virginia Rail          

1

1

 

43

American Coot

4

     

1

 

5

 

44

Killdeer

1

       

4

5

 

45

Greater Yellowlegs        

1

 

1

 

46

Ruddy Turnstone          

1

1

 

47

Purple Sandpiper          

52

52

 
  Species Yonkers Hudson Valley East Bronx West Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

TOTALS

 

48

Dunlin     5      

5

 

49

American Woodcock        

3

cw

3

 

50

BLACK-HEADED GULL      

1

   

1

3rd count record

51

Bonaparte's Gull          

1

1

 

52

Ring-billed Gull

652

85

882

715

1624

644

4602

 

53

Herring Gull

33

10

688

63

350

360

1504

 

54

Great Black-backed Gull

9

5

40

7

13

58

132

 

55

Rock Dove

380

65

122

177

328

293

1365

 

56

Mourning Dove

95

49

49

75

328

160

756

 

57

MONK PARAKEET     8          

58

Eastern Screech-Owl  

2

   

1

 

3

 

59

Great Horned Owl     2  

2

6

6

 

60

Northern Saw-whet Owl     1      

1

 

61

Belted Kingfisher    

7

2

4

3

16

 

62

Red-bellied Woodpecker

11

6

33

18

50

29

147

 
  Species Yonkers Hudson Valley East Bronx West Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

TOTALS

 

63

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  

1

 

1

3

cw

5

 

64

Downy Woodpecker

27

18

30

36

73

45

229

 

65

Hairy Woodpecker

2

2

7

11

16

13

51

 

66

Northern Flicker

2

1

5

4

3

5

20

 

67

Pileated Woodpecker  

1

       

1

 

68

Eastern Phoebe          

1

1

 

69

Horned Lark    

21

     

21

 

70

Blue Jay

21

48

88

134

77

150

518

 

71

American Crow

61

86

92

1151

252

116

1758

 

72

Fish Crow      

5

8

1

14

 

73

Black-capped Chickadee

25

49

11

46

113

109

353

23 year low

74

Tufted Titmouse

17

52

28

70

68

72

307

 

75

Red-breasted Nuthatch  

1

 

1

 

3

5

 

76

White-breasted Nuthatch

8

27

8

17

51

22

133

 

77

Brown Creeper  

2

 

1

1

 

4

 

78

Carolina Wren

4

12

12

14

35

29

106

 

79

Winter Wren

2

3

1

2

3

5

16

 

80

Marsh Wren        

1

2

3

 

81

Golden-crowned Kinglet

1

14

 

8

17

2

42

 

82

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  

7

 

7

3

1

18

 

83

Hermit Thrush  

6

4

8

8

12

38

 
  Species Yonkers Hudson Valley East Bronx West Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

TOTALS

 

84

American Robin

8

14

103

83

200

205

613

New high count (569 in 1995)

85

Gray Catbird  

3

2

4

8

5

22

 

86

Northern Mockingbird

21

8

25

30

34

32

150

 

87

Brown Thrasher

1

  2  

1

 

4

 

88

American Pipitr  

4

       

4

 

89

Cedar Waxwing    

18

6

60

71

155

 

90

European Starling

304

129

406

1681

890

560

3970

 

91

Yellow-rumped Warbler    

1

2

   

3

 

92

PINE WARBLER      

1

   

1

3rd count record

93

Northern Cardinal

31

33

55

71

151

104

445

New high count (437 in 1995)

94

Eastern Towhee     5  

5

1

11

 

95

American Tree Sparrow  

1

60

2

3

44

110

 

96

Chipping Sparrow      

20

1

 

21

New high count (6 in 1991)

97

Field Sparrow      

3

   

3

 

98

Fox Sparrow

1

1

55

27

13

15

112

25 year high

99

Song Sparrow

11

35

141

108

166

150

611

 

100

LINCOLN'S SPARROW      

1

   

1

4th countrecord

101

Swamp Sparrow  

1

3

42

1

9

56

 

102

White-throated Sparrow

108

60

420

601

408

383

1980

 
  Species Yonkers Hudson Valley East Bronx West Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

TOTALS

 

103

White-crowned Sparrow        

2

 

2

 

104

Dark-eyed (Slate-col.) Junco

88

108

93

234

274

124

921

 

105

Red-winged Blackbird

30

10

321

290

4

182

837

27 year high

106

Rusty Blackbird  

1

 

14

4

2

21

 

107

Common Grackle

75

 

1539

424

107

1

2146

Highest since 1982

108

Brown-headed Cowbird  

1

 

9

   

10

 

109

House Finch

80

61

18

95

218

92

564

 

110

American Goldfinch

35

73

117

55

137

42

459

 

111

House Sparrow

66

78

250

1065

366

410

2235

 
                   
  Missed Pied-billed Grebe, lastmissed in 1989            
  Missed Black-crowned Night Heron - only missed three other times, 1984, 1995, 1999    
  Missed Northern Pintail, last missed in 1974          
  MissedRedhead, after record high of 44 last year        
                   
  Species Yonkers Hudson Valley East Bronx West Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

TOTALS

 
  TOTALS

3333

1551

9542

9060

11509

6963

41958

 
  # of Species

48

51

67

69

79

80

111

 
  # of Saves

0

2

4

6

3

11

   
                   
                 
 


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