Southern Adirondack Audubon Society

Protecting the environment through the preservation of natural habitats
 and the advancement of environmental education

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

Bald Eagle on the Move!
A Northern Cardinal for Christmas!

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.

Three Birds
Results of the 2018 Christmas Bird Count!
By Linda White, Christmas Bird Count Coordinator

Southern Adirondack Audubon members and volunteers participated in the 119th Annual Christmas Bird Count on December 15, 2018. Our 15-mile-diameter count circle is designated as Hudson Falls and extends from Lake George, to Argyle, to Gansevoort, and to West Mountain.

We had some of the best weather conditions since we started in 1983, enabling more walking miles. The water was mostly frozen, which limited the number of waterfowl observed. Seven groups spent a total of 52 hours out counting each and every bird. They drove 400 miles and walked 10 miles to find 53 different species of birds. We had so much fun spending the day searching for birds.

Many thanks go out to: Beth, Brad, and Nathan Bidwell, Jackie Bogardus, Barb Putnam, Joyce Miller, Russ Hilliard, Eric Potter, Helen Crawshaw, Jacquie Tinker, Terry Hall, Ann Reames, and first timers to this count; Dana Stimpson, Tom and Nancy Federlin, and John Loz. A total of 10,954 individual birds were seen. Awesome results from some amazing birders!

 The count data will be available online after the data has been verified, usually by the end of February.

Here is a list of the birds seen, with unusual observations in bold:

Snow Goose 1

Canada Goose 4,501

Mallard 296

American Black Duck 16

Common Goldeneye 191

Hooded Merganser 11

Common Merganser 25

Wild Turkey 8

Rock Pigeon 480

Mourning Dove 108

Ring-billed Gull 54

Herring Gull 9

Great Blue Heron 4

Black Vulture 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Cooper's Hawk 2

Bald Eagle 4

Red-tailed Hawk 38

Rough-legged Hawk 2

Barred Owl 2

Belted Kingfisher 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 30

Downy Woodpecker 38

Hairy Woodpecker 18

Pileated Woodpecker 7

American Kestrel 2


Merlin 1

Peregrine Falcon 1

Blue Jay 104

American Crow 2,743

Common Raven 5

Red-breasted Nuthatch 5

White-breasted Nuthatch 57

Brown Creeper 2

Carolina Wren 9

Golden-crowned Kinglet 3

Eastern Bluebird 42

American Robin 127

Northern Mockingbird 9

European Starling 1,212

Cedar Waxwing 1 (Count Week species)

Evening Grosbeak 2

House Finch 12

Common Redpoll 40

American Goldfinch 93

American Tree Sparrow 23

Dark-eyed Junco 168

White-throated Sparrow 14

Song Sparrow 7

Common Grackle 5

Northern Cardinal 56

House Sparrow 71

 Our chapter owes Linda White a big thank you for continuing to act as compiler for this annual count.