The Desbarats Christmas Bird Count took place on a cold, but sunny December 29th. 17 field observers and 21 feeder watchers counted a total of 2286 individual birds of 34 species, slightly down from last year’s 2324 birds of 38 species. An additional six species were recorded during the count week, which takes place three days before and three days after the count day.
The highlights include a Varied Thrush visiting a feeder on St. Joseph Island, a Boreal Chickadee in Bruce Mines, four Horned Larks in Tarbutt Township, and the count’s first ever records of Canada Goose, Mallard, and Barred Owl. A Snowy Owl and Great Gray Owl were also recorded during the count week.
The most abundant species was once again Black-capped Chickadee, with a count of 543. Next was Common Redpoll with 315, European Starling with 221, Wild Turkey with 181, and Common Raven with 164.
Some notable species that were missed this year, for both count day and count week, were Brown Creeper, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Junco, and American Tree Sparrow.
Thanks to everyone who participated! The data collected will help scientists and conservationists track changes in bird populations across North America.
The full results can be found on The Kensington Conservancy’s website here.