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Results of the 2016 Christmas Bird Count!
For only the second time in the Hudson Falls count history it was necessary to change the count date due to unsafe weather conditions. Extreme weather forced the count to Dec 18th instead of the scheduled date of the 17th. Russ Hillard, Joyce Miller, Nathan, Brad and Beth Bidwell, Mona Bearor, Terry Hall, Jacquie Tinker, Anastasia Ivanova, Anna Butkevitch, and Linda White, traversed 306 miles within the count circle. They spent over 25 hours scanning for each and every bird. The weather conditions were still not that favorable resulting in fewer species than had been recorded on past counts.Our chapter owes Linda White a big thank you for continuing to act as compiler for this annual count.
Many thanks and kudos go to these dedicated volunteers who have made this possible over the past 31 years. New to the count were high school student Anastasia and her Mom Anna who lent their time, enthusiasm and birding expertise. Thank you to feeder watcher Peg Cutler for her contribution of birds, including the Great Horned Owl, which was certainly a highlight. The Purple Finches spotted by Mona at her feeder were also highlights. One of the most unusual observations was a Peregrine Falcon, seen by Russ and Joyce at very close range, wearing a radio transmitter. The Bidwells always manage to find some amazing birds and this year they spotted the Merlin, two other Peregrine Falcons and the Black-backed Gulls. Way to go everyone! This is citizen science at its best.
Once the count has been verified it will be available on Audubons CBC site at the link above. The count summary report lists the number of times a species has been seen and also the number of individuals seen. Be sure to check it out; the count designation is NYHF. You can also explore the results of neighboring count circles. The number of species seen was 49 plus 3 count week birds. Count week birds are species seen duing the three days prior or the three days post-count, but not seen on the official count day. The total number of individual birds counted was 5172. The species list is below.
Results of the 2015 Christmas Bird Count
by Linda White, CBC Count Compiler
Since 1983, members of Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and volunteers have spent a day out counting and recording for one of the largest citizen science projects in the world.
This year marks the 116th Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Many thanks go out to Brad, Beth and Nathan Bidwell, Mona Bearor, Jacquie Tinker, Joyce Miller, Russell Hilliard, Kaitlyn Breda, Terry Hall, Pat Fitzgerlad, Sandy Meents and first timers; Sue Seppa, Jeff and Cindy VanDerwerker, Paul Silk and Heidi Kaufmann. The Vanderwekers planned on only a few hours but had such a blast they spent 7 hours in the field. Heidi was suppose to do the Bolton Count but thankfully joined us for half a day. Paul joined the fun as a novice birder but under Mona's wing, learned a great deal.
December 19th, our count day, brought cold and the first snow of the season. The weather seemed to be a factor in fewer number of species (47 compared to mid 50's) and individuals seem.
Some of the highlights included: 2 Rough¬-legged Hawks, 7 Northern Harriers, 27 Red-¬tailed Hawks, 3 Bald Eagles, 65 Bluebirds, 36 Horned Larks, 4 Great Blue Heron, 2 Northern Pintail, and 12 Red¬-bellied Woodpeckers. Mona has been observing the massive crow roost near the quarry and estimated 8,000 crows. Last year's count the estimate was 20,000. The Bidwells found the most unusual species, a Longtail, formerly Old Squaw Duck. The data will be entered into the National Audubon database and when verified by mid-February, all count data can be viewed. A list of the 48 species seen is below.