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Padilla Bay Christmas Bird Count, December 28 2019

Eighty birdwatchers, plus 5 feeder watchers spent a cloudy day counting birds in western Skagit County for the National Audubon Society’s 120th annual Christmas Bird Count.  We tallied all-time high counts for this count circle for 7 species, including Canada Goose, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Bald Eagle, Black Oystercatcher, Eurasian Collared-Dove, and Anna’s Hummingbird. Total count for individuals was about average for our count circle. Total number of species was slightly below the mean of 123 species.  A big thank you to Tim Manns, count coordinator; Bob Kountz, count compiler; Denny Quirk and Alice Turner for their help to organize the 2019 count.  Count results are below:

 

Red-throated Loon                 782

Pacific Loon                               36

Common Loon                          66

Pied-billed Grebe                        26

Horned Grebe                             84

Red-necked Grebe                     32

Western Grebe                            24

Double-crested Cormorant                    493

Brandt's Cormorant                164

Pelagic Cormorant                  148

cormorant (sp.)                          20

Great Blue Heron                                    255

Tundra Swan                                9

Trumpeter Swan                    1083

swan (sp.)                                  830

Snow Goose                            3556

Brant                                      1406

Cackling Goose                          58

Canada Goose                         674

Am. Green-winged Teal        1892

Mallard                                  13453

Northern Pintail                      4933

Northern Shoveler                       7

Gadwall                                       58

Eurasian Wigeon                       62

American Wigeon                18289

Am. X Eur. Wigeon-hybrid       2

Canvasback                                 2

Ring-necked Duck                     50

Greater Scaup                        1007

Lesser Scaup                              58

scaup (sp.)                                 307

Harlequin Duck                           5

Long-tailed Duck                       29

Surf Scoter                                258

White-winged Scoter               184

Common Goldeneye              317

Barrow's Goldeneye                  11

Com. X Bar. Goldeneye-hybrid 1

Bufflehead                             1259

Hooded Merganser                 259

Common Merganser               295

Red-breasted Merganser        725

Ruddy Duck                               13

duck (sp.)                                3611

Bald Eagle                                402

Northern Harrier                        34

Sharp-shinned Hawk                  3

Cooper's Hawk                          17

accipiter (sp.)                                4

Red-tailed Hawk                     125

Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk         2

Rough-legged Hawk                 10

American Kestrel                       12

Merlin                                          10

Peregrine Falcon                          7

Gyrfalcon                                      1

Ring-necked Pheasant                1

California Quail                         48

Virginia Rail                                  3

Killdeer                                        11

Black Oystercatcher               171

Greater Yellowlegs                       2

Spotted Sandpiper                       2

Black Turnstone                          5

Least Sandpiper                           9

Dunlin                                        279

Wilson’s Snipe                              1

Mew Gull                                   953

Ring-billed Gull                          15

Western Gull                                 3

Thayer’s Gull                                4

W. x Glaucous-w. Gull-hyb.  240

Glaucous-winged Gull             710

gull (sp.)                   1131

Common Murre                         63

Pigeon Guillemot                       90

Marbled Murrelet                                      24 

Rock Pigeon                             587

Eurasian Collared Dove         238

Mourning Dove                          81

Barn Owl                                       6

Great Horned Owl                     14

Barred Owl                                    4

Short-eared Owl                           1

Northern Saw-whet Owl             2

Anna’s Hummingbird             177

Belted Kingfisher                       39

Red-breasted Sapsucker            3

Downy Woodpecker                 34

Hairy Woodpecker                    22

Northern Flicker                       103

N. Red-shafted Flicker              47

N. R-sh. X Y-sh. Flicker-hyb.    3

Pileated Woodpecker                10

Northern Shrike                            4

Steller's Jay                                 36

American / NW Crow             369

Common Raven                      186

Black-capped Chickadee      269

Chestnut-back. Chickadee                    461

Bushtit                                       158

Red-breasted Nuthatch            86

Brown Creeper                           54

Bewick's Wren                            57

Pacific Wren                             189

Marsh Wren                                  4

Golden-crowned Kinglet         526

Ruby-crowned Kinglet              98

Hermit Thrush                              4

American Robin                      273

Varied Thrush                            67

European Starling                  6556

Hutton's Vireo                              4

Orange-crowned Warbler           1

Spotted Towhee                       382

Savannah Sparrow                     4

Fox Sparrow                             132

Song Sparrow                           601

Lincoln’s Sparrow                       9

Golden-crowned Sparrow      414

White-crowned Sparrow         244

sparrow (sp.)                                 7

Dark-eyed Oregon Junco     1694

Dark-eyed Slate-colored Junco 1

Red-winged Blackbird          1819

Western Meadowlark               27

Brewer's Blackbird                  560

blackbird (sp.)                            12

Brown-headed Cowbird           75

Purple Finch                                29

House Finch                             650

finch (sp.)                                    32

Red Crossbill                              13

Pine Siskin                               1684

American Goldfinch                45

House Sparrow                        432

Total # of Species                    121

Total # of Individuals        80747

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