Bird List Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 29, 2016

The 2016 FOPE Christmas Bird Count was a huge success.

A total of 2412 birds were identified involving 41 different species.

Thirty volunteers took part in the count, 15 home feeders were counted and 5 teams of hikers covered more than 30 kms of hiking trails identifying birds in their natural habitats along the way. Two teams of birders drove 50 or so kilometers of road around the Pugwash Estuary, stopping periodically to count birds at when spotted or at likely sites.

Co-ordinator of the Count, Betty Hodgson of the FOPE Board, would like to thank all those who took part. This is the first year we have undertake the Christmas Bird Count of a "circle" recognised by the NS Bird Society. results of our count have been submitted to the NS Bird Society and through them to Bird Studies Canada and the International Audubon Society.

European Starling 1187
Black-capped Chickadee 217
American Goldfinch 155    
American Crow 153
Herring Gull 93
Blue Jay 83
Canada Geese 70
Evening Grosbeaks 61
Mourning Doves 52
Dark-eyed Junco 50
Rock Dove (pigeon) 49
Snow Buntings 46
White-winged Scoter 25
Raven 20
Ring Necked Pheasants 19
Common Merganser 17
Red-breasted Merganser 15    
Hairy Woodpecker 12
American Tree Sparrow 11
Bald Eagle 10
Downy Woodpecker 10    

Golden-crowned Kinglet 9                       Ruffed Grouse 9
House Sparrow 8
Pileated woodpecker 7
Bufflehead 4
Pine Grosbeak 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Bonaparte's Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Barrows Goldeneye 1
Rough Legged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Gray Jay 1
Song Sparrow 1        
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Pine Siskin 1
Belted King Fisher 1