78th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
December 23, 2001

    The Bronx Westchester CBC was held Sunday December 23, 2001. Seventy-nine participants recorded 125 species and 56,493 birds. The 125 species is a new record for this 78-year count. We had 124 in 1985 and 1973. The warm weather for the past two months played a large role in the count.

    Highlights included two new species and one new form. The two new species were both hummingbirds - Rufous Hummingbird and Archilochus, sp. Both were at Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers. The Archilochus is thought to be a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. 
A Eurasian form of Green-winged Teal was found in Van Cortlandt Park.

    Three Nashville Warblers were found, including two in Yonkers, one on the New Croton Aqueduct and one at the top of Stew Leonard's Drive. The other was found in the Bronx at Wave Hill. This is the 5th time Nashville was found on the count. We had two in 1994.

    A Baltimore Oriole was found in Hastings-on-Hudson along the Rowley's Bridge Trail (8th record for the count), White-winged Crossbills were in the West Bronx, Common Redpolls in Rye (a couple at Read Sanctuary), American Bittern and Seaside Sparrow also in Rye, Three Great Egrets and two Snowy Egrets in various locations, two Saw-whet Owls in Pelham Bay Park, Red-headed Woodpecker (Edgemont HS), Red-necked Grebe (off Glen I.), Northern Goshawk (at Scarsdale HS), Black-bellied Plover and American Pipit (in Larchmont at the Hommock School) in Scarsdale Audubon's territory.

    More Red-bellied Woodpeckers (295) were seen than Downy Woodpeckers (225). That's the first time ever for the count! Even if you add in Hairy Woodpeckers (59), there were still more Red-bellies!

    We had an incredible 24 new or tied high counts! Many beating the previous record by wide margins. Remarkable since the count is so old. Tied and new high counts were set for: Red-throated Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Brant, Wood Duck, Sharp-shined Hawk, Cooper's hawk, Merlin, Rock Dove, Eastern Screech-Owl, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Nashville Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal.

    Greater Scaup numbers were low and only four Canvasbacks were found! This is the lowest since they were missed in 1946. Ring-necked Pheasants continue to decrease. We had an all time low of 6 birds.

    Missed were Northern Pintail, Redhead, and Red-shouldered Hawk.

    Thanks to all who volunteered. The seventy-nine people on the count included a few new faces. I hoped you enjoyed your first count. Thirty-three of us enjoyed the compilation dinner, which was again held at San Martino Ristorante. 

    The complete compilation results are below.

    Next year's count will be held Sunday, December 22, 2002. Hope to see you there.
Michael Bochnik
(914) 2379331 
BochnikM@cs.com 
michael.bochnik@cibasc.com

Species

Yonkers

Hudson
Valley

West
Bronx

East
Bronx

Rye

Scarsdale

TOTALS

 

1

Red-throated Loon

12

18

16

46

New high count (14 in 1998)

2

Common Loon

2

9

1

12

3

Pied billed Grebe

1

3

3

7

4

Horned Grebe

13

cw

1

14

5

Red-necked Grebe

1

1

4th year in a row

6

Northern Gannet

2

2

4th time seen on count

7

Great Cormorant

1

16

29

57

103

8

Double-crested Cormorant

10

63

7

80

New high count (51 in 1985)

9

American Bittern

1

1

1st since 1979

10

Great Blue Heron

1

1

2

6

30

15

55

11

Great Egret

1

1

1

3

Tied high count (1994) 4th time on count

12

Snowy Egret

1

1

2

New high count, 5th time on count

13

Black-crowned Night Heron

4

2

1

7

14

Turkey Vulture

cw

4

1

cw

5

15

Snow Goose

1

1

16

Canada Goose

970

131

869

583

833

2354

5740

17

Brant

806

184

518

1508

New high count (1104 in 2000)

18

Mute Swan

7

2

30

39

86

164

19

Wood Duck

11

35

1

54

101

New high count (83 in 1989)

20

Gadwall

1

11

36

18

23

89

21

American Wigeon

21

97

139

257

22

American Black Duck

9

5

10

308

307

516

1155

23

Mallard

253

67

324

237

252

693

1826

mallard hybrid

1

1

2

24

Northern Shoveler

11

1

83

95

Green-winged Teal (Eu.)

1

1

New to count

25

Green-winged Teal (Am.)

13

2

9

19

43

26

Canvasback

2

1

1

4

Lowest since missed in 1946

27

Ring-necked Duck

17

17

28

Greater Scaup

58

221

225

504

Low

29

Lesser Scaup

127

35

1

163

30

scoter, sp.

1

1

31

Long-tailed Duck

88

15

103

32

Bufflehead

599

265

325

1189

33

Common Goldeneye

20

44

270

334

16 year high

34

Hooded Merganser

36

16

11

50

79

192

35

Red-breasted Merganser

138

123

237

498

36

Common Merganser

1

1

37

Ruddy Duck

9

2

3

161

175

38

Northern Harrier

4

4

39

Sharp-shinned Hawk

3

3

7

4

7

6

30

New high count (20 in 1995)

40

Cooper's Hawk

3

7

4

4

8

26

New high count (17 in 1995)

41

Northern Goshawk

1

1

42

Red-tailed Hawk

8

10

20

20

20

28

106

43

American Kestrel

2

1

1

4

44

Merlin

1

1

1

3

New high count (2 in 1995)

45

Peregrine Falcon

3

1

4

46

Ring-necked Pheasant

1

4

1

6

All time low

47

Wild Turkey

1

18

19

48

Virginia Rail

2

3

5

49

American Coot

3

3

6

50

Black-bellied Plover

2

2

10th time on count

51

Killdeer

2

5

16

23

52

Greater Yellowlegs

6

2

8

53

Ruddy Turnstone

2

5

7

54

Purple Sandpiper

59

19

78

55

Dunlin

20

3

23

56

Bonaparte's Gull

3

5

8

57

Ring-billed Gull

518

311

1720

496

472

850

4367

58

Herring Gull

213

12

210

199

588

1937

3159

59

Great Black-backed Gull

33

15

20

26

22

77

193

60

Rock Dove

348

99

547

213

376

616

2199

New high count (1985 in1986)

61

Mourning Dove

70

88

140

34

255

538

1125

15 year high

62

Monk Parakeet

11

5

16

Most since 1972

63

Eastern Screech-Owl

1

4

2

2

6

15

New high count (13 in 1956)

64

Great Horned Owl

2

5

3

10

65

Northern Saw-whet Owl

2

2

66

Rufous Hummingbird

1

1

New to count

67

Archilochus, sp

1

1

New to count

68

Belted Kingfisher

1

1

3

1

8

8

22

69

Red-headed  Woodpecker

1

1

16th time on count

70

Red-bellied Woodpecker

28

17

49

47

52

102

295

New high count (159 in 1999)

71

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

5

3

5

3

8

24

New high count (15 in 1998)

72

Downy Woodpecker

27

23

21

37

29

88

225

73

Hairy Woodpecker

9

14

8

9

4

15

59

74

Northern Flicker

3

5

1

16

17

16

58

New high count (47 in 1991)

75

Pileated Woodpecker

1

1

76

Blue Jay

126

72

356

173

129

385

1241

28 year high

77

American Crow

95

100

458

107

193

377

1330

78

Fish Crow

8

16

19

43

26 year high

79

Horned Lark

3

3

80

Black-capped Chickadee

148

134

202

110

335

350

1279

New high count (1169 in 1995)

81

Tufted Titmouse

98

127

186

109

133

235

888

82

Red-breasted Nuthatch

3

1

6

1

3

14

83

White-breasted Nuthatch

25

19

71

30

47

107

299

New high count (257 in 1995)

84

Brown Creeper

1

2

3

1

1

8

85

Carolina Wren

15

14

17

22

60

54

182

New high count (158 in 1991)

86

House Wren

cw

3

3

87

Winter Wren

4

1

3

7

8

23

88

Marsh Wren

2

2

89

Golden-crowned Kinglet

4

2

3

3

11

23

90

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

3

5

1

3

3

15

91

Eastern Bluebird

1

1

3

5

92

Hermit Thrush

5

10

9

2

15

5

46

Tied high count (1995)

93

American Robin

29

5

184

61

275

121

675

New high count (613 in 2000)

94

Gray Catbird

1

3

4

2

15

9

34

95

Northern Mockingbird

44

31

50

22

39

57

243

New high count (233 in 1979)

96

Brown Thrasher

1

1

2

1

2

7

22 year high

97

European Starling

1061

212

2268

706

914

3929

9090

98

American Pipit

1

1

99

Cedar Waxwing

11

15

20

39

5

45

135

100

Nashville Warbler

2

1

3

New high count (2 in 1994)

101

Yellow-rumped Warbler

3

5

1

9

102

Palm Warber

1

1

103

Common Yellowthroat

1

1

2

104

Eastern Towhee

1

7

4

16

15

14

57

30 year high

105

American Tree Sparrow

6

1

18

19

46

5

95

106

Chipping Sparrow

cw

1

cw

1

107

Field Sparrow

8

1

3

12

108

Seaside Sparrow

1

1

Last seen in 1982

109

Fox Sparrow

11

8

50

30

40

16

155

26 year high

110

Song Sparrow

107

56

152

48

183

118

664

111

Swamp Sparrow

1

1

11

5

10

3

31

112

White-throated Sparrow

324

221

1158

332

581

678

3294

New high count (2490 in 1991)

113

Dark-eyed (Slate-col.) Junco

247

150

485

17

282

549

1730

New high count (1362 in 1991)

114

Northern Cardinal

73

49

121

38

141

147

569

New high count (445 in 2000)

115

Red-winged Blackbird

1

20

534

104

72

256

987

116

Rusty Blackbird

5

2

5

12

28 year high

117

Common Grackle

516

4

16

32

1

1755

2324

118

Brown-headed Cowbird

1

55

104

1

22

183

119

Baltimore Oriole

1

1

8th time on count

120

Purple Finch

4

5

1

10

121

House Finch

41

16

70

55

167

271

620

122

White-winged Crossbill

13

13

8th time on count

123

Common Redpoll

7

7

124

American Goldfinch

122

49

115

129

225

105

745

125

House Sparrow

319

181

969

163

384

634

2650

37 year high

 

Yonkers

Hudson
Valley

West
Bronx

East
Bronx

Rye

Scarsdale

TOTALS

TOTALS

6051

2414

11727

6550

9071

20589

56402

# of Species

61

65

73

74

93

96

124

# of Saves

2

2

2

2

7

8

 

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