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Christmas Bird Count – January 2nd, 2016

Fifty-Nine birdwatchers spent a beautiful, clear day counting birds in western Skagit County for the National Audubon Society’s 116th annual Christmas Bird Count.  Below are the results of their efforts – Tim Manns: count organizer, Bob Kuntz: count compiler.  One species, King Eider, was recorded for the first time and we tallied all-time high counts for this count circle for 4 species.  High counts for these species’ are underlined. Total count for individuals was the third highest for our count circle. Total number of species was above the mean (123 species), though, over the last 17 years our annual count has averaged 128 species.

Red-throated Loon                  576
Pacific Loon 5
Common Loon 52
loon (sp.) 458
Pied-billed Grebe 16
Horned Grebe 173
Red-necked Grebe 31
Western Grebe 164
Double-crested Cormorant     768
Brandt's Cormorant 95
Pelagic Cormorant 270
cormorant (sp.) 100
Great Blue Heron                    177
Tundra Swan 181
Trumpeter Swan 723
swan (sp.) 16
Snow Goose 2511
Brant 786
Canada Goose 395
Am. Green-winged Teal 2162
Mallard 3286
Northen Pintail 27641
Northern Shoveler 101
Gadwall 17
Eurasian Wigeon 55
American Wigeon 30559
Canvasback 15
Ringed-necked Duck 62
Greater Scaup 66
Lesser Scaup 73
scaup (sp.) 1
King Eider 1
Harlequin Duck 21
Long-tailed Duck 47
Surf Scoter 195
White-winged Scoter  25
Common Goldeneye 238
Barrow's Goldeneye 18
goldeneye (sp.) 1
Bufflehead 1090
Hooded Merganser 94
Common Merganser 125
Red-breasted Merganser 508
merganser (sp.) 2
Ruddy Duck 2
duck (sp.) 25984
Bald Eagle 236
Northern Harrier 46
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk 6
Northern Goshawk 1
accipiter (sp.) 2
Red-tailed Hawk 106
Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rough-legged Hawk 20
American Kestrel 9
Merlin 6
Peregrine Falcon 3
Gyrfalcon 1
Ring-necked Pheasant 2
California Quail 13
Virginia Rail 5
American Coot 50
Black-bellied Plover 169
Killdeer 100
Black Oystercatcher 97
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Long-billed Curlew 1
Marbled Godwit 1
Black Turnstone 5
Surfbird 1
Western Sandpiper 3
Least Sandpiper 111
Dunlin 5711
Long-billed Dowitcher 5
Wilson’s Snipe  8
sanpiper (sp.) 46
Mew Gull 534
Ring-billed Gull 33
California Gull 2
Thayer’s Gull 1
W. x Glaucous-w. Gull 290
Glaucous-winged Gull 654
gull (sp.) 1039
Common Murre 279
Pigeon Guillemot 221
Marbled Murrelet 41
Rock Pigeon 442
Eurasian Collared Dove 78
Mourning Dove 167
Barn Owl 2
Great Horned Owl 9
Barred Owl 2
Short-eared Owl 14
Northern Saw-whet Owl 3
owl (sp.) 1
Anna’s Hummingbird 63
Belted Kingfisher 36
Red-breasted Sapsucker 9
Downy Woodpecker 29
Hairy Woodpecker 18
Northern Flicker 183
Pileated Woodpecker 9
Steller's Jay 44
American / NW Crow 486
Common Raven 62
Black-capped Chickadee 241
Chestnut-back. Chickadee    430
Bushtit 61
Red-breasted Nuthatch 68
Brown Creeper 35
Bewick's Wren 53
Pacific Wren 281
Marsh Wren 13
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1019
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 105
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 725
Varied Thrush 238
American Pipit 63
European Starling 3894
Hutton's Vireo 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 26
Spotted Towhee 326
Savannah Sparrow 4
Fox Sparrow 132
Song Sparrow 666
Lincoln’s Sparrow 4
Golden-crowned Sparrow 852
White-crowned Sparrow 624
sparrow (sp.) 4
Dark-eyed Junco 1502
Red-winged Blackbird 1012
Western Meadowlark 130
Brewer's Blackbird 395
Purple Finch 7
House Finch 315
Red Crossbill 8
Common Redpoll 25
Pine Siskin 326
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 622
   
Total # of Species 131
Total # of Individuals     126029

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