79th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
December 22, 2002


The Bronx-Westchester CBC has seen well over 220 different species.
Summary of birds seen over its 79 year history.
1999 Results
2000 Results
2001 Results
2002 Results are below

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    The Bronx-Westchester CBC found 124 species on December 22, 2002, one shy of last year's record. Eighty-four participants recorded 46,022 birds. The 125 species is a new record for this 78-year count. 

     Highlights include a new species. An incredible movement of Razorbills was seen as they flew west off the sound shore. A total of 116 were counted. Why they were that far west in the Sound is anybody's guess. Good vantage points included Edith Read Sanctuary, Milton Point and on the shore of Larchmont. The count has seen 221 species in its 79-year history.

    Other notable species included: Red-necked Grebe (5th straight year) and Lesser Black-backed Gull at Read Sanctuary, along with two Northern Gannets, White-winged and Surf Scoters off shore.

    Pelham Bay Park had a female White-winged Scoter plus two Saw-whet, Barn, and Long-eared Owls.

    A Eurasian Wigeon was found on Premium Mill Pond, Larchmont.

    Four Merlin were in the circle area, a new high count.

    Van Cortlandt Park featured Eastern Phoebe, a flyover American Pipit and Orange-crowned Warbler on Vault Hill, (4th record for the count).

    A Common Yellowthroat was found along the sound shore of the Bronx.

    The count had two Yellow-breasted Chats, one in Woodlawn Cemetery at the lake and another in Larchmont. 

    For the second year in a row we had a Baltimore Oriole, found at the Greenburg Nature Center (9th record for the count).

    There were new high counts for: Red-throated Loon (74), Common Loon (16), Long-tailed Duck (297), Red-breasted Merganser (835), Merlin (4), Wild Turkey (25), Rock Dove (2287), Carolina Wren (211), Yellow-breasted Chat (2), and Dark-eyed Junco (1775).

    For the second year in a row there were more Red-bellied Woodpeckers (289) than Downy Woodpeckers (238)

    American Crow numbers were way down with 820, lowest since 1983 (715).  But to keep it in perspective American Crow numbers in the late 1990's had reach all time highs. 

    Other species with low numbers included Northern Shoveler, Black-capped Chickadee and House Finch. All had 20 + year lows. Only 19 Canvasbacks were found, mostly on the Hudson River.

    Notable misses include Red-shouldered Hawk - only been missed 9 times but now three years in a row! We missed Ruddy Turnstone, first miss since 1982. Other misses include Redhead, Cedar Waxwing and Purple Finch. 

    Thanks to all who volunteered. The eighty-four people on the count included many new faces. I hoped you enjoyed your first count. Thirty-two of us enjoyed the compilation dinner, again held at San Martino Ristorante. 

    The complete compilation results are attached.

    Next year's count date is still unclear and may change. Right now Southern Nassau is scheduled for the 28th so it looks like Sunday, December 21, 2003. Hope to see you there.


Michael Bochnik
(914) 2379331 
BochnikM@cs.com 
michael.bochnik@cibasc.com

Species

Hudson
Valley

Yonkers

East
Bronx

West
Bronx

Rye

Scarsdale

TOTALS

Red-throated Loon

67

7

74

New High Count (46 in 2001)

Common Loon

2

10

4

16

New High Count (15 in 1995)

Pied billed Grebe

1

1

2

Horned Grebe

11

3

14

Red-necked Grebe

1

1

5th straight year

Northern Gannet

2

2

Great Cormorant

10

1

58

29

98

Double-crested Cormorant

2

38

1

14

1

56

Great Blue Heron

4

6

5

23

8

46

Black-crowned Night Heron

1

1

Canada Goose

116

796

1024

1868

477

2335

6616

Brant

438

7

5

450

Mute Swan

6

42

2

32

88

170

Wood Duck

2

34

36

Gadwall

52

3

81

12

148

Eurasian Wigeon

1

1

American Wigeon

14

200

178

392

28 year high

American Black Duck

3

36

320

9

321

392

1081

Mallard

57

202

357

320

184

847

1967

mallard hybrid

1

1

1

1

5

7

16

Northern Shoveler

cw

6

13

19

24 year low

Northern Pintail

1

1

Green-winged Teal

1

8

9

Canvasback

7

9

3

19

Ring-necked Duck

12

12

Greater Scaup

312

1172

131

1615

Lesser Scaup

550

2

453

2

1007

scaup, sp

205

205

Surf Scoter

1

1

White-winged Scoter

1

3

4

scoter, sp.

1

1

Long-tailed Duck

1

214

82

297

New High Count (146 in 1985)

Bufflehead

1

3

382

3

207

174

770

Common Goldeneye

1

52

67

156

276

Hooded Merganser

14

7

37

72

84

214

Red-breasted Merganser

209

521

105

835

New High Count (725 in 1994)

Common Merganser

18

1

12

7

38

Ruddy Duck

9

304

125

34

165

637

Northern Harrier

1

1

Sharp-shinned Hawk

4

5

7

5

21

Cooper's Hawk

1

4

6

6

5

22

accipiter, sp

1

1

Red-tailed Hawk

6

10

29

27

20

24

116

American Kestrel

1

1

1

1

4

Merlin

1

2

1

4

New High Count (3 in 2001)

Peregrine Falcon

1

1

1

3

Ring-necked Pheasant

27

1

cw

1

29

Wild Turkey

19

2

4

25

New High Count (20 in 2000)

Clapper Rail

1

1

Virginia Rail

2

2

American Coot

3

1

4

Killdeer

2

4

6

Greater Yellowlegs

3

3

Sanderling

3

3

Purple Sandpiper

79

13

92

Dunlin

18

4

22

Wilson's Snipe

1

1

American Woodcock

1

1

Bonaparte's Gull

95

7

102

Ring-billed Gull

157

692

376

396

509

1073

3203

Herring Gull

6

75

201

184

463

973

1902

Lesser Black-backed Gull

1

1

1st since 1994

Great Black-backed Gull

6

22

47

44

93

90

302

gull, sp

370

370

RAZORBILL

116

(72)

116

New for the count!

Rock Dove

110

344

198

862

353

420

2287

New High Count (2199 in 2001)

Mourning Dove

44

36

175

165

289

320

1029

Monk Parakeet

14

14

Barn Owl

1

1

Eastern Screech-Owl

2

3

6

11

Great Horned Owl

1

4

1

6

Long-eared Owl

1

1

Northern Saw-whet Owl

2

2

Belted Kingfisher

1

7

4

11

8

31

Red-bellied Woodpecker

23

28

29

81

51

77

289

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

3

1

7

11

Downy Woodpecker

16

17

31

41

47

86

238

Hairy Woodpecker

6

3

7

38

18

18

90

Northern Flicker

1

3

6

5

8

13

36

Pileated Woodpecker

2

2

Eastern Phobe

1

1

Blue Jay

40

35

59

247

64

142

587

American Crow

36

38

165

140

75

366

820

19 year low

Fish Crow

4

3

7

5

19

Black-capped Chickadee

33

26

10

39

125

93

326

26 year low

Tufted Titmouse

74

19

24

93

102

124

436

Red-breasted Nuthatch

2

cw

1

3

White-breasted Nuthatch

33

11

15

63

42

58

222

Brown Creeper

1

1

2

Carolina Wren

10

15

21

35

63

67

211

New High Count (182 in 2001)

House Wren

2

2

Winter Wren

5

2

4

7

17

13

48

Marsh Wren

4

4

Golden-crowned Kinglet

4

4

8

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

6

1

4

11

Eastern Bluebird

1

2

3

Hermit Thrush

1

3

3

4

5

16

American Robin

11

14

9

209

58

169

470

Gray Catbird

3

1

6

2

7

6

25

Northern Mockingbird

15

17

19

79

40

46

216

Brown Thrasher

1

1

2

European Starling

306

708

653

934

675

1015

4291

American Pipit

1

1

Cedar Waxwing

11

11

Orange-crowned Warbler

1

1

4th time on Count

Yellow-rumped Warbler

1

1

Common Yellowthroat

1

1

Yellow-breasted Chat

1

1

2

High Count, one seen 14 times

Eastern Towhee

3

5

1

3

12

American Tree Sparrow

5

31

160

40

201

7

444

22 year high

Chipping Sparrow

3

3

Field Sparrow

1

1

Savannah Sparrow

1

1

2

Fox Sparrow

9

1

14

16

30

22

92

Song Sparrow

26

28

90

112

163

105

524

Swamp Sparrow

1

9

8

8

4

30

White-throated Sparrow

149

113

348

1184

394

614

2802

White-crowned Sparrow

1

2

3

Dark-eyed (Slate-col.) Junco

136

136

64

565

265

609

1775

New High Count

Northern Cardinal

37

26

37

101

75

160

436

Red-winged Blackbird

4

7

283

54

2

350

Rusty Blackbird

7

105

1

113

29 year high

Common Grackle

6

205

4

600

1

816

Brown-headed Cowbird

1

5

cw

6

Baltimore Oriole

1

1

9th time on count

House Finch

45

34

66

71

79

128

423

21 year low

Pine Siskin

1

1

American Goldfinch

28

31

84

83

132

84

442

House Sparrow

263

171

293

947

303

477

2454

 

Species

Hudson
Valley

Yonkers

East
Bronx

West
Bronx

Rye

Scarsdale

TOTALS

TOTALS

1847

4020

8048

10249

9462

12396

46022

# of Species

41

50

73

74

91

91

124

# of Saves

0

0

6

7

12

7

 

Summary of birds seen over its 78 year history.
1999 Results
2000 Results
2001 Results


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