2005 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, CHARLESTON, WV

Handlan Chapter - Brooks Bird Club

To view the archives of the Handlan Christmas Bird counts for 1944-2004 click here.

Christmas Count website: http://www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/index.html

To view photos of the Handlan 2005 Christmas Bird counts click here.

Northern Cardinal

The count area consists of all points within a 15 mile diameter circle centered at La-Z-Boy Showroom site located at 38 22'N, 81 43'W. The circle extends from Kanawha City west to St. Albans, and from Kanawha State Forest north to Rocky Fork and Wallace Heights. The area is about 40% residential, 35% deciduous woods, 17% farm and grassland, and 17% streams and ponds. The count took place Saturday, December 17, 2005. Skies were partly cloudy. Temperature was 25-42° F, wind Southwest 0-7 mph, still water mostly frozen, no snow, wild food crop good. There were twenty-one observers in nine parties.

                    Record Counts
  Party Number (see other side)

Since 1944

Species

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Total Count Year

 

Pied-billed Grebe  

2

     

6

 

1

 

9

12

1997

Horned Grebe          

1

     

1

1

2005

Double-crested Cormorant              

1

 

1

3

1992

Great Blue Heron

1

       

1

 

1

 

3

25

1988

Green Heron  

2

             

2

4

1977

Canada Goose  

46

 

30

 

198

80

238

 

592

1498

2002

American Black Duck  

6

     

2

     

8

42

1985

Mallard  

24

 

13

 

206

20

50

 

313

886

1989

Northern Pintail  

1

             

1

5

2004

Gadwall          

4

     

4

52

2000

American Wigeon

2

               

2

16

2001

Hooded Merganser  

6

     

2

     

8

23

2004

Ruddy Duck          

1

     

1

3

1998

Turkey Vulture    

4

145

2

 

2

1

1

155

155

2005

Sharp-shinned Hawk    

1

   

1

     

2

5

1996

Cooper's Hawk          

2

1

   

3

4

1997

Red-shouldered Hawk              

3

 

3

12

1981

Red-tailed Hawk

1

   

1

1

1

1

3

3

11

16

1997

American Kestrel          

1

 

1

 

2

42

1982

Wild Turkey            

2

   

2

6

1993

American Coot  

1

     

9

 

2

 

12

132

2001

Killdeer

9

       

3

 

6

 

18

133

1975

Ring-billed Gull          

2

     

2

36

1998

Rock Pigeon  

67

 

60

 

72

 

462

 

661

941

1997

Mourning Dove

1

2

 

25

15

6

11

58

3

121

554

1982

Barred Owl      

2

         

2

4

1955

Belted Kingfisher      

1

 

3

1

   

5

18

1984

Red-bellied Woodpecker

2

 

2

5

7

5

4

19

8

52

52

2005

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker      

2

 

1

1

 

1

5

18

1986

Downy Woodpecker

5

1

1

17

3

4

4

27

11

73

147

1963

Hairy Woodpecker      

6

 

4

 

7

2

19

36

1971

Northern Flicker

1

 

1

6

2

3

2

10

9

34

108

1981

Pileated Woodpecker

1

   

8

1

2

 

7

2

21

33

1970

Blue Jay

14

 

9

20

8

13

10

25

17

116

513

1981

American Crow

11

1

6

25

53

31

12

745

10950

11834

11834

2005

Carolina Chickadee

9

8

5

81

13

18

25

28

34

221

594

1981

Tufted Titmouse

3

 

1

41

12

3

21

20

24

125

446

1979

Red-breasted Nuthatch      

4

 

2

 

2

 

8

46

1976

White-breasted Nuthatch

2

 

1

20

10

8

7

19

10

77

165

1968

 

 

Brown Creeper      

7

 

1

 

2

 

10

25

1963

Carolina Wren

3

7

3

28

3

5

8

12

20

89

183

1976

Winter Wren      

4

         

4

15

1947

Golden-crowned Kinglet      

12

 

1

 

20

 

33

70

1976

Eastern Bluebird

5

 

2

   

11

 

7

22

47

140

1981

Hermit Thrush                

1

1

27

1947

American Robin

1

8

 

19

11

40

7

20

13

119

1191

1965

Northern Mockingbird

2

   

3

1

6

1

8

12

33

89

1971

Cedar Waxwing        

15

   

13

 

28

191

2000

European Starling

7

25

 

20

30

39

6

739

36

902

26703

1968

Yellow-rumped Warbler      

1

1

21

4

5

14

46

82

2003

Northern Cardinal

5

 

5

28

11

15

9

35

18

126

745

1969

Eastern Towhee

9

 

3

18

2

3

4

17

7

63

383

1971

Chipping Sparrow          

1

   

38

39

39

2005

Field Sparrow          

2

     

2

375

1947

Fox Sparrow

1

     

1

       

2

21

1948

Song Sparrow

8

2

 

10

9

12

5

21

15

82

505

1949

Swamp Sparrow          

1

 

5

 

6

25

1949

White-throated Sparrow

2

   

3

11

7

2

12

28

65

865

1971

Dk-eyed Junco (Slate-col’d)      

30

 

3

1

12

68

114

886

1965

Red-winged Blackbird

1

           

1

 

2

875

2000

Common Grackle          

1

     

1

6327

1992

Purple Finch      

2

   

1

   

3

224

1965

House Finch      

10

15

16

3

10

26

80

302

1983

American Goldfinch

14

 

1

19

10

14

8

11

16

93

324

1949

House Sparrow      

10

 

15

 

5

 

30

559

1953

                   
Totals: Species

26

17

15

37

25

51

30

43

29

65

Individuals

120

209

45

736

247

829

263

2691

11409

16549

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observers in parties numbered above

  Party

Area Covered

Hours

Miles

On Foot

Miles

By Car

#1

Don & Marilyn Morton, Bev Wright Carbide/Dow Tech Center

3.5

1.5

40

#2

Don & Marilyn Morton, *Bev Wright, Bill & Maureen Crockett Kanawha River

4

.5

6

#3

Don & Marilyn Morton, Bev Wright, Bill & Maureen Crockett Dunbar Cemetery

1

.5

16

#4

Jim Waggy, Jerry Westfall, *Bill Hall, *Alice Knight, *Doren Burrell Kanawha State Forest, Little Creek Park, State Capitol

9.5

4

30

#5

Charles Wirts, John Wirts Sherwood Forest, Ruthlawn

6.5

3.5

10

#6

Kim Kazmierski, Cameron Kazmierski, Maggi Perl Fly Ash Pond, Ridenour Park, Lower Falls, Riverlake, St. Albans

9.5

3

58

#7

Hullet Good, Donny Good Coonskin Park

4

3

7

#8

Cindy Ellis, Arline Thorn, Paul Thorn Berry Hills, Middle Ridge, Cross Lanes

8.25

4

50

#9

Russ Young, *Doren Burrell Spring Hill Cemetery, Fort Hill Crow Roost

8.25

4

2

 

* part time

Total: 54.5 hours, 24 miles on foot, 219 miles by car, and 1 hour owling.

Compiler: Marilyn Morton

2720 Lakeview Drive

St. Albans, WV 25177 (304-727 5077)