80th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
December 28, 2003


The Bronx-Westchester CBC has seen well over 220 different species.
Summary of birds seen over its 80 year history.
1999 Results
2000 Results
2001 Results
2002 Results
2003 Results are below


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    The 80th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count found 113 species on December 28, 2003. Only 33,294 individuals were counted, lowest since 1983..  

    Despite open water and warm temperatures leading up to and including count day, both waterfowl and common passerines were low in numbers. The exceptions being Long-tailed Duck with a new high count of 396, and Wild Turkey, new high count of 41. Two large snow storms one and two weeks before the count dropped passerine numbers and open water to the north prevented an influx of waterfowl.

    The highlights of the count included a new species and one not seen since 1941. Three Black Vultures over Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers were new to the count and a Common Raven was observed at Woodland High School in Hartsdale. This is only the second record for the count.

    Other highlights included:
Red-necked Grebe off Rye, 6th year in a row.
Two Eurasian Wigeon one in Premium Mill Pond in New Rochelle and the other at Mill Pond in Mamaroneck.
Six White-winged Scoter and one Black Scoter on the Sound off Rye.
Long-eared and Northern Saw-whet Owls in Pelham Bay Park.
House Wren in southern White Plains.
American Pipit on Hen Island.
Orange-crowned Warbler at the College of Mt. Saint Vincent.
Four Common Redpolls, all in the Bronx, one in Riverdale, one in Woodlawn Cemetery and two at Castle Hill Park.
And five Evening Grosbeaks at Butler Woods, Scarsdale.

    American Crow numbers continue to drop. A 33 year low was reach with less than 500 reported.

    Other species with notably low numbers included:
3 Killdeer, a 59 year low; 
six Ring-necked Pheasant,tied the all time low;
Great Blue Heron, 18 year low; 
Black-capped Chickadees, lowest since 1976, and 
House Finch, lowest since 1981.

    The 113 species is the lowest since 1997. The 20-year count average is 47,000 birds and 117 species.

    There were an additional 8 count week species; Northern Gannet, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Merlin, Iceland Gull, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird, Field Sparrow.

    Other notable misses included Brown Thrasher, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. 

    The complete compilation results are attached.

    Next year's count date is Sunday, December 26, 2004. Hope to see you there.


Michael Bochnik
(914) 2379331 
BochnikM@cs.com 

 

 

Species

Hudson
Valley

Yonkers

West
Bronx

East
Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

TOTALS

 

1

Snow Goose

1

1

2

Canada Goose

95

309

1288

989

2092

362

5135

Canada Goose (small form)

2

2

3

Brant

1

399

8

29

437

4

Mute Swan

6

3

11

64

20

104

5

Wood Duck

4

12

3

19

6

Gadwall

24

18

57

99

7

Eurasian Wigeon

1

1

2

8

American Wigeon

26

128

143

297

9

American Black Duck

19

10

12

299

373

390

1103

10

Mallard

70

215

116

189

650

343

1583

mallard hybrid

1

1

3

5

11

Northern Shoveler

12

24

36

12

Northern Pintail

2

2

13

American Green-winged Teal

4

9

13

14

Canvasback

5

38

3

16

62

15

Ring-necked Duck

5

5

16

Greater Scaup

1635

59

239

1933

17

Lesser Scaup

343

50

26

419

18

White-winged Scoter

6

6

19

Black Scoter

1

1

20

Long-tailed Duck

22

374

396

New High Count (297 in 2002)

21

Bufflehead

3

419

203

128

753

22

Common Goldeneye

32

13

41

86

23

Hooded Merganser

18

36

8

109

15

186

24

Common Merganser

10

1

11

25

Red-breasted Merganser

96

428

208

732

26

Ruddy Duck

9

33

158

55

255

27

Ring-necked Pheasant

1

4

1

6

Tied all time low

28

Wild Turkey

21

1

2

17

41

New High Count (25 in 2002)

29

Red-throated Loon

1

1

30

Common Loon

12

12

31

Pied billed Grebe

2

2

32

Horned Grebe

10

3

13

33

Red-necked Grebe

1

1

6th year in a row

Northern Gannet

CW

CW

34

Double-crested Cormorant

16

5

21

35

Great Cormorant

16

6

24

46

36

Great Blue Heron

2

3

2

5

14

26

18 year low

37

Black-crowned Night Heron

1

1

38

BLACK VULTURE

3

3

NEW TO COUNT

39

Turkey Vulture

7

7

Bald Eagle

CW

CW

40

Northern Harrier

2

1

3

41

Sharp-shinned Hawk

2

4

4

3

2

15

42

Cooper's Hawk

4

1

4

3

12

43

Red-shouldered Hawk

1

1

44

Red-tailed Hawk

6

17

18

18

30

9

98

Golden Eagle

CW

CW

45

American Kestrel

1

1

2

Merlin

CW

CW

46

Peregrine Falcon

1

CW

CW

1

47

Virginia Rail

3

3

48

American Coot

2

1

3

49

Killdeer

3

3

Lowest since 1944, 59 year low

50

Ruddy Turnstone

1

1

51

Purple Sandpiper

9

73

82

52

Dunlin

4

5

9

53

American Woodcock

1

1

2

54

Bonaparte's Gull

10

10

55

Ring-billed Gull

138

804

133

835

1044

415

3369

56

Herring Gull

7

80

65

372

292

838

1654

Iceland Gull

CW

CW

57

Great Black-backed Gull

7

20

3

27

23

66

146

58

Rock Pigeon

69

216

219

195

375

203

1277

59

Mourning Dove

49

62

39

64

397

235

846

60

Monk Parakeet

5

5

61

Eastern Screech-Owl

2

4

2

1

9

62

Great Horned Owl

1

1

3

5

1

11

63

Long-eared Owl

2

2

64

Northern Saw-whet Owl

3

3

65

Belted Kingfisher

2

4

5

7

3

21

66

Red-bellied Woodpecker

9

6

43

24

53

32

167

67

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

6

4

1

11

68

Downy Woodpecker

20

23

27

27

55

37

189

69

Hairy Woodpecker

2

5

5

3

15

11

41

70

Northern Flicker

1

1

1

6

4

1

14

71

Pileated Woodpecker

1

1

2

Eastern Phoebe

CW

CW

72

Blue Jay

17

39

154

68

99

43

420

73

American Crow

54

15

17

95

295

22

498

Lowest since 1970, 33 year low

74

Fish Crow

2

10

7

19

75

COMMON RAVEN

1

1

2nd time on Count, last seen 1941

76

Black-capped Chickadee

43

27

63

6

80

79

298

Lowest since 1976, 27 year low

77

Tufted Titmouse

38

30

96

58

112

48

382

78

Red-breasted Nuthatch

1

2

5

1

9

6

24

79

White-breasted Nuthatch

18

16

37

20

66

21

178

80

Brown Creeper

1

2

2

1

4

1

11

81

Carolina Wren

21

10

14

16

48

62

171

82

House Wren

1

1

3rd year in a row

83

Winter Wren

3

5

2

9

15

34

84

Marsh Wren

2

2

4

85

Golden-crowned Kinglet

1

7

1

9

86

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

1

6

1

8

Eastern Bluebird

CW

CW

87

Hermit Thrush

5

2

5

4

16

3

35

88

American Robin

46

29

194

26

25

55

375

89

Gray Catbird

3

3

3

2

5

11

27

90

Northern Mockingbird

19

16

47

14

57

25

178

91

European Starling

150

284

620

284

579

175

2092

92

American Pipit

1

1

93

Cedar Waxwing

8

5

11

8

10

8

50

94

Orange-crowned Warbler

1

1

95

Eastern Towhee

5

3

10

2

1

21

96

American Tree Sparrow

19

23

53

6

118

219

Field Sparrow

CW

CW

97

Savannah Sparrow

6

6

98

Fox Sparrow

4

1

7

18

13

26

69

99

Song Sparrow

20

15

57

59

132

116

399

100

Swamp Sparrow

4

2

5

11

101

White-throated Sparrow

196

114

499

208

478

225

1720

102

Dark-eyed (Slate-col.) Junco

51

135

265

14

472

158

1095

103

Northern Cardinal

37

27

36

20

127

80

327

104

Red-winged Blackbird

1

3

30

43

2

7

86

105

Rusty Blackbird

1

8

1

10

106

Common Grackle

100

2

2

104

107

Brown-headed Cowbird

5

11

15

31

108

Purple Finch

3

1

CW

4

109

House Finch

59

13

12

9

174

61

328

Lowest since 1981, 22 year low

110

Common Redpoll

2

2

4

111

American Goldfinch

94

72

141

83

212

101

703

112

Evening Grosbeak

5

5

First since 1995

113

House Sparrow

179

111

426

149

378

217

1460

Hudson
Valley

Yonkers

West
Bronx

East
Bronx

Scarsdale

Rye

TOTALS

TOTALS

1576

2956

4887

7620

10121

6134

33294

Lowest since 1983

# of Species

42

55

64

74

81

85

113

# of Saves

2

3

6

4

12

 

Summaryof birds seen over its 80 year history.
1999 Results
2000 Results
2001 Results
2002 Results

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