Christmas Bird Count

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The SAAS count circle code is NYHF,
for the Hudson Falls Christmas Bird Count circle
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Spreadsheet of results for 2009-2020 Christmas Bird Counts.


Results of the 2020 Christmas Bird Count!
By Linda White, Christmas Bird Count Coordinator

Southern Adirondack Audubon members and volunteers participate in the 121st Annual Christmas Bird Count on December 19, 2020. Our 15-mile-diameter count circle is designated as Hudson Falls and extends from Lake George, to Argyle, to Gansevoort, and to West Mountain.


On December 19, despite more than 30 inches of snow and frigid temperatures, our group of citizen scientists observed 57 species and counted 6,868 individual birds on the 2020 Hudson Falls Christmas Bird Count.

The other challenge was birding separately because of Covid-19. A great deal of thanks and appreciation go to this intrepid group.

They are: Beth and Brad Bidwell, Joyce Miller, Russ Hillard, Jeff Gardner, Jason Krahnke, Jacquie Tinker, Laurie McKaren, Suzy Nealon, Sue Pierce, Mary Lou Munger, Glen Wiltsie, Jackie Bogardus, and Barb Putnam. Together they logged 502 miles by car, hiked over a mile and half, and snowshoed 3 miles. (Thank you Sue Pierce for your perseverance with the snowshoeing).

Feeder watchers Ruth Lamb, Barb Putnam, and Mike Rivette put in 10.5 hours and contributed some great birds.

Below are our observations:

Canada Goose 56,

American Black Duck 28,

Mallard 154,

Common Goldeneye 72,

Hooded Merganser 16,

Common Merganser 4,

Ring-necked Pheasant 1,

Wild Turkey 24,

Great Blue Heron 1.

Black Vulture during count week,

Northern Harrier 1,

Sharp-shinned Hawk 2,

Cooper’s Hawk 7,

Bald Eagle 1,

Red-tailed Hawk 61,

Rough-legged Hawk 5,

Ring-billed Gull 2,

Rock Pigeon 442,

Mourning Dove 203.

Short-eared Owl 8,

Red-bellied Woodpecker 29,

Downy Woodpecker 37,

Hairy Woodpecker 8,

Pileated Woodpecker 5,

American Kestrel 2,

Merlin 2, Peregrine Falcon 2,

Blue Jay 199,

American Crow 683,

Common Raven 2,

Horned Lark 28,

Black-capped Chickadee 166,

Tufted Titmouse 110,

Red-breasted Nuthatch 25,

White-breasted Nuthatch 45,

Brown Creeper 5,

Carolina Wren 5,

Golden-crowned Kinglet 4.

Eastern Bluebird 38,

American Robin 221,

 Northern Mockingbird 6,

European Starling 2356,

Cedar Waxwing 1,

Snow Bunting 3,

American Tree Sparrow 469.

Dark-eyed Junco 831,

White- throated Sparrow 19,

Song Sparrow 12,

Northern Cardinal 131,

Red- winged Blackbird 5,

Common Grackle 2,

Brown-headed Cowbird 1,

Pine Grosbeak 56,

House Finch 34,

Common Redpoll 5,

American Goldfinch 35,

House Sparrow 162.

The high number of Dark-eyed Juncos (831) was very unusual. This is only the third time since the count started in 1983 that we had Pine Grosbeaks (56). The Common Grackle has only been observed on four other counts and the Black Vulture on three previous counts. Birds observed during count week (3 days prior and 3 days after count day) are not included in total species numbers. While all the data has been entered into Audubon’s database, it will be available after it is verified in February.

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