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Southern Adirondack Audubon Society

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The Annual Christmas Bird Count
Read about the history of the count here.

Bald Eagle on the Move!
 
A Northern Cardinal for Christmas!
 
Short-eared
                  Owls


Photos courtesy of Gordie Ellmers







For archived reports for all the CBC circles, check out the CBC website
The SAAS count circle code is NYHF
A map of the count circles can be found here.

Results of the 2016 Christmas Bird Count!
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    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.  
    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 Audubon’s 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.
  
 Our chapter owes Linda White a big thank you for continuing to act as compiler for this annual count.

Snow Goose (count week)
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Great Blue Heron (count week)
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Short-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel (count week)
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Snow Bunting
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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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.

DUCKS, GEESE, AND WATERFOWL
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
PHEASANTS, GROUSE, AND ALLIES
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
HERONS, EGRETS, AND BITTERNS
Great Blue Heron
HAWKS, EAGLES, AND KITES
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
GULLS, TERNS, AND SKIMMERS
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
PIGEONS AND DOVES
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
WOODPECKERS
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
FALCONS AND CARACARAS
American Kestrel
Merlin
CROWS, JAYS, AND MAGPIES
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven

LARKS
Horned Lark
TITS, CHICKADEES, AND TITMICE
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
NUTHATCHES
White-breasted Nuthatch
WRENS
Carolina Wren
THRUSHES AND ALLIES
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS
Northern Mockingbird
STARLINGS
European Starling
WAXWINGS
Cedar Waxwing
BUNTINGS AND NEW WORLD SPARROWS
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
CARDINALS AND ALLIES
Northern Cardinal
TROUPIALS AND ALLIES
Red-winged Blackbird
FINCHES, EUPHONIAS, AND ALLIES
House Finch
American Goldfinch
OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow