The Sault Ste. Marie Christmas Bird Count took place on December 14, 2019. 77 field observers and 35 feeder watchers counted 56 species for a total of 10,103 individual birds. We did not get the sunshine we were hoping for, but the warm temperatures were nice!
The counting took place on both the Canadian and American sides of the border. The count circle has a radius of 12km, centred at the middle of the International Bridge, and all the counting takes place within this boundary.
The highlights this year included a Harlequin Duck in the St. Marys River, two Carolina Wrens visiting feeders, an Eastern Towhee, also visiting a feeder, and a late migrating Horned Grebe.
New high counts were set for seven species. These counts were 491 Common Goldeneyes, 1870 Rock Pigeons, 204 Bald Eagles, 9 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 107 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 126 Dark-eyed Juncos, and 5 Song Sparrows.
This was the 64th running of the annual Sault Ste. Marie Christmas Bird Count. The data collected each year provides information on the abundance of birds across North American, as these counts take place all across the continent.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time as they participated in the count. It could not happen without you. Special thanks goes out to Dave Euler, who organized the participants, and to Carter Dorscht, who compiled all the data.