95th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 23, 2018
(under construction)

Preliminary Resuts

    The 95th Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count found a preliminary 116 species on Sunday December 23, 2018. Highlights included a Lincolns Sparrow found in Zinsser Park in Hastings-on-Hudson and a Razorbill off Edith G. Read Preserve in Rye. Both birds were 5th count records. Other notable species included: a count week Greater White-fronted Goose in Rye; 420 Common Mergansers on Sprain Reservoir in Yonkers; over 5000 Greater Scaup off the Bronx shore of Long Island Sound; A Northern Goshawk in the West Bronx; Red-headed Woodpecker and Pileated Woodpecker in Pelham Bay; four Eastern Phoebes with a count week bird in Hastings; 3 Pine Siskins in Kings Point; eight Chipping Sparrows; and a Yellow-breasted Chat in Marshlands Conservancy.

    New High counts were 10 Black Vulture, 59 Turkey Vulture, 9 Bald Eagle, 10 Barred Owl and 33 Red-breasted Nuthatch with 25 of them in the West Bronx.

    We set an all-time low for American Tree Sparrow; a 66 year-low for American Wigeon and a 56-year low for House Finch

    Thirty-seven people enjoyed the compilation dinner at the Lenoir Nature Center. Thanks to all who participated either in the field or counting at your feeders.  Next Year’s Count will be Sunday, December 22, 2019

  Species  (AOU 53rd) Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye Kings Point   Total  
  Greater White-fronted Goose           CW     CW  
1 Brant     3 250 303 119 2   677  
2 Canada Goose 429 481 1214 1223 1096 267 23   4733  
3 Mute Swan   1 4 6 11 39 6   67  
4 Wood Duck     31 1   3     35  
5 Northern Shoveler   1 87 15 40       143  
6 Gadwall       54 32 33 10   129  
7 American Widgeon       4 16 15     35  66 year-low
8 Mallard 92 130 476 162 420 107 16   1403  
    mallard hybrid   1 2 2         5  
9 American Black Duck 1 14 10 226 95 196 6   548  
10 Northern Pintail       1 1 1     3  
11 Canvasback 1 1   8         10  
12 Ring-necked Duck         6       6  
13 Greater Scaup       5358 44 40 5   5447  
14 Lesser Scaup       406 35       441  
15 Surf Scoter       21   6 1   28  
16 White-winged Scoter           9     9  
17 Black Scoter       4         4  
    scoter, sp           8     8  
18 Long-tailed Duck       35 27 86 12   160  
19 Bufflehead 9   9 649 135 136 56   994  
20 Common Goldeneye       75 12 39 29   155  
21 Hooded Merganser 7 11 12 2 76 39 8   155  
22 Common Merganser 5 424   1 1 5     436  
23 Red-breasted Merganser       119 18 74     211  
24 Ruddy Duck     8   8 1     17  
25 Wild Turkey 17     21   14     52  
26 Pied-billed Grebe       1         1  
27 Horned Grebe       3   2 1   6  
28 Red-necked Grebe       1 1       2  
29 Rock Pigeon 128 70 325 232 73 55     883  
30 Mourning Dove 73 78 78 166 97 20 12   524  
31 American Coot     1           1  
32 Killdeer         1       1  
33 Ruddy Turnstone       1         1  
34 Purple Sandpiper       4 5 CW     9  
35 Wilson's Snipe       1         1  
36 Razorbill           1     1  
37 Ring-billed Gull 252 524 166 1042 728 134 150   2996  
38 Herring Gull 7 8 41 562 153 206 75   1052  
39 Great Black-backed Gull 8 5 6 29 12 28 5   93  
40 Red-throated Loon       21 4 19 4   48  
41 Common Loon       20 12 12 1   45  
  Northern Gannet           CW     CW  
42 Double-crested Cormorant 1   1 12 5 4     23  
43 Great Cormorant       2 6 17     25  
    cormorant, sp         5       5  
44 Great Blue Heron 2 4 3 4 15 21     49  
45 Black-crowned Night-Heron     1     3     4  
46 Black Vulture 8 2             10  New High Count (7 in 2016)
47 Turkey Vulture 43 6 4 3 1 2     59  New High Count (44 in 2011)
48 Bald Eagle  3   1 3 CW 1 1   9  New High Count (8 in 2011)
49 Northern Harrier       1         1  
50 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 3 2 1 3 2     13  
51 Cooper's Hawk CW 3 9   3 4     19  
52 Northern Goshawk     1           1  
   accipiter, sp       2         2  
53 Red-shouldered Hawk 1   1 1   1     4  
54 Red-tailed Hawk 29 17 27 13 8 8 1   103  
55 Eastern Screech-Owl 2 1 3   1 2 2   11  
56 Great Horned Owl     1 1 1 2     5  
57 Barred Owl 1   2 6   1     10  New High Count (10 in 2012)
58 Saw-whet Owl     1           1  
59 Belted Kingfisher 1   2 4 4 2     13  
60 Red-headed Woodpecker       1         1  
61 Red-bellied Woodpecker 23 24 56 46 18 35 3   205  
62 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 CW 2 1 1 1     6  
63 Downy Woodpecker 16 12 34 33 22 20 7   144  
64 Hairy Woodpecker 3 2 8 8 3 12 3   39  
65 Northern Flicker 1 1 4 2 1 1     10  
66 Pileated Woodpecker 1       1 2     4  
67 American Kestrel 1 1 3 2   1     8  
68 Merlin     2 1   1     4  
69 Peregrine Falcon 2   2 1 1       6  
70 Monk Parakeet         53       53  
71 Eastern Phobe CW   3 1         4  New High Count (12th count record)
72 Blue Jay 89 93 317 173 85 61 10   828  
73 American Crow 29 23 31 5 14 8 4   114  
74 Fish Crow   227 6 48 2 10     293  
75 Common Raven 2 2   2   3 1   10  
76 Black-capped Chickadee 39 33 89 74 37 55 11   338  
77 Tufted Titmouse 80 43 107 171 71 40     512  
78 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 1 25 2 1 3     33  Tied High Count (33 in 2012)
79 White-breasted Nuthatch 27 25 70 45 34 37 15   253  
80 Brown Creeper     1 2     2   5  
81 Winter Wren 2 1 2 11 6 13 10   45  
82 Marsh Wren       1         1  
83 Carolina Wren 27 10 4 26 24 29 5   125  
84 Golden-crowned Kinglet         2       2  
85 Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1   1       2  
86 Eastern Bluebird           2     2  
87 Hermit Thrush 1 1 4 2   1     9  
88 American Robin 20 8 312 47 37 82 1   507  
89 Gray Catbird 1 5 2 1 1 2     12  
90 Brown Thrasher     1           1  
91 Northern Mockingbird 22 13 30 22 14 13 1   115  
92 European Starling 459 387 262 594 304 76 3   2085  
93 Cedar Waxwing 1   2     24     27  
94 House Sparrow 35 57 531 190 121 118 2   1054  
95 House Finch 18 3 15 10 16 7     69  56-year low
96 Purple Finch     3 3   1     7  
97 Pine Siskin             3   3  
98 American Goldfinch 25 2 48 34 15 30 43   197  
99 Eastern Towhee 3   2 7 2 CW 1   15  
100 American Tree Sparrow 1 1 3 1   18     24  New all-time low!
101 Chipping Sparrow 1   7           8  
102 Field Sparrow 13         3     16  
  Savannah Sparrow                 CW  
103 Fox Sparrow 13 1 8 35 2 12 5   76  
104 Song Sparrow 48 40 63 59 27 66 3   306  
105 Lincoln's Sparrow 1               1  5th count record
106 Swamp Sparrow   1 12 15   3 1   32  
107 White-throated Sparrow 100 51 379 237 109 75 51   1002  
108 White-crowned Sparrow     4           4  
109 Dark-eyed (Slate col.) Junco 56 72 159 58 68 109 18   540  
110 Yellow-breatsed Chat           1     1  
111 Red-winged Blackbird 9   11 73 2 17     112  
 112 Brown-headed Cowbird   2     CW       2  
113 Rusty Blackbird     91           91  
114 Common Grackle     808 7         815  
115 Yellow-rumped Warbler       1         1  
116 Northern Cardinal 51 31 81 53 29 42 11   298  
                     
  Hudson Valley Yonkers West Bronx East Bronx Scarsdale  Rye Kings Point      
116 Number of Saves 1 1 6 8 4 4 1      
Number of Species 61 50   89   82 46      
Totals 2344 2958 6137 12884 4638 2818 640   32419  
                     
CW = Seen count week but not on count day                  
                     
Missed Species: Green-winged Teal, Dunlin, Savannah Sparrow

 


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