2008 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, CHARLESTON, WV

Handlan Chapter - Brooks Bird Club

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Cedar Waxwings (By Alice Knight)

                                                                                                          

2008 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, CHARLESTON, WV

Handlan Chapter - Brooks Bird Club

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, January 3, 2009. Skies were clear. Temperature was 25-50 F, northeast wind 0-9 mph, still water mostly open, moving water open, no snow, and wild food crop good. There were twenty-four observers in nine parties, and three feeder counts.

Party Number (see other side)

Record Counts

Since 1944

Species

#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

Feeder

Count

Total

Count

Year

Snow Goose

1

       

1

       

2

2

2008

Cackling Goose          

3

       

3

3

2008

Canada Goose

235

2

93

 

139

107

 

101

   

677

1498

2002

Gadwall

6

       

6

       

12

52

2000

American Black Duck              

10

   

10

42

1985

Mallard

9

11

12

 

40

52

24

104

2

 

254

886

1989

Northern Pintail            

1

     

1

5

2004

Hooded Merganser

6

       

6

 

4

   

16

37

2006

Common Merganser

2

                 

2

3

1964

Ruddy Duck        

1

         

1

3

1998

Common Loon              

1

   

1

2

1997

Pied-billed Grebe          

5

 

19

   

24

24

2008

Double-crested Cormorant  

1

               

1

3

1992

Great Blue Heron        

1

2

1

4

   

8

25

1988

Black Vulture                

2

 

2

6

2007

Turkey Vulture  

2

   

35

1

6

4

95

1

144

259

2007

Sharp-shinned Hawk          

1

 

1

1

 

3

5

1996

Cooper's Hawk

1

                 

1

4

1997

Red-shouldered Hawk  

1

 

2

 

1

1

     

5

12

1981

Red-tailed Hawk

1

1

 

2

6

   

1

1

 

12

17

2006

American Kestrel        

1

 

2

1

1

 

5

42

1982

Peregrine Falcon              

1

1

 

2

2

2008

American Coot

4

2

     

6

       

12

132

2001

Killdeer

8

 

2

 

2

         

12

133

1975

Rock Pigeon  

119

 

6

51

11

17

150

30

 

384

942

2007

Mourning Dove

1

 

2

16

7

4

14

36

2

4

86

554

1982

Barred Owl                

2

 

2

4

1955

Belted Kingfisher    

1

 

1

1

 

3

2

 

8

18

1984

Red-headed Woodpecker                

1

 

1

28

1970

Red-bellied Woodpecker

3

1

3

8

20

1

2

6

15

1

60

60

2008

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    

2

 

3

   

3

6

 

14

18

1986

Downy Woodpecker

2

3

3

2

14

1

1

3

7

4

40

147

1963

Hairy Woodpecker  

1

   

3

 

1

 

4

 

9

36

1971

Northern Flicker

3

 

1

2

5

1

2

1

7

 

22

108

1981

Pileated Woodpecker    

1

1

4

2

4

 

14

1

27

33

1970

Eastern Phoebe            

1

     

1

7

1981

Blue Jay

13

2

10

16

41

11

9

37

14

2

155

513

1981

American Crow

16

1

12

40

61

10

11900

21

7

18

12086

12279

2007

Carolina Chickadee

12

7

15

21

39

5

23

22

49

12

205

594

1981

Black-capped Chickadee                

1

 

1

27

1968

Tufted Titmouse

7

 

8

14

29

3

17

10

38

10

136

446

1979

Red-breasted Nuthatch                

2

 

2

46

1976

White-breasted Nuthatch

6

3

3

9

14

 

3

6

25

4

73

165

1968

Brown Creeper      

1

       

1

 

2

25

1963

Carolina Wren

9

6

4

5

17

3

22

10

19

4

99

183

1976

Winter Wren                

2

 

2

15

1947

Golden-crowned Kinglet    

1

   

3

2

3

29

 

38

70

1976

Ruby-crowned Kinglet    

1

             

1

29

1966

Eastern Bluebird

2

 

7

2

16

1

11

 

1

2

42

140

1981

American Robin

6

 

6

15

66

 

37

145

7500

 

7775

7775

2008

Northern Mockingbird

6

2

3

3

5

2

3

5

4

1

34

89

1971

European Starling

5

13

8

28

77

128

228

468

 

20

975

26703

1968

Cedar Waxwing        

1

12

8

     

21

191

2000

Yellow-rumped Warbler    

8

1

22

4

32

3

16

 

86

86

2008

Eastern Towhee

2

5

6

5

20

 

17

 

13

 

68

383

1971

Chipping Sparrow                

3

 

3

39

2005

Field Sparrow                

1

 

1

375

1947

Song Sparrow

5

8

4

10

18

11

19

40

21

2

138

505

1949

Swamp Sparrow

1

       

1

       

2

25

1949

White-throated Sparrow

2

2

6

7

20

3

21

 

8

 

69

865

1971

Dark-eyed Junco

1

2

8

2

36

 

3

 

74

3

129

886

1965

Northern Cardinal

4

4

12

20

24

9

36

3

12

4

128

745

1969

Red-winged Blackbird

23

     

6

         

29

875

2000

Purple Finch        

4

         

4

224

1965

House Finch      

2

27

32

 

13

11

10

95

302

1983

Pine Siskin    

20

     

1

5

15

34

75

177

1989

American Goldfinch

5

5

8

3

27

2

14

51

13

11

139

324

1949

House Sparrow  

4

   

8

15

 

11

   

38

559

1953

                     
Totals: Species

32

25

30

27

39

37

34

36

43

20

68

Individuals

407

208

270

243

911

467

12483

1306

8072

148

24515

 

                                                                            Observers in parties numbered above

  Party

Area Covered

Hours

Miles

On Foot

Miles

By Car

Miles By Bicycle

#1

Don & Marilyn Morton, Beverly Wright, Jackie & Ashley Hudnall Dow Tech Park

3

1

12

 

#2

Don & Marilyn Morton, Beverly Wright, Jackie & Ashley Hudnall, Bill & Maureen Crockett, Joh Crockett, Kai Crockett Dunbar area, Kanawha River (Charleston to St. Albans)

4.5

1.5

27

 

#3

Hullet Good Coonskin

4

2

4

 

#4

Chuck Wirts, Jim Triplett, John Wirts Sherwood Forest, Little Creek Park

4

2

2

 

#5

Cindy Ellis Cross Lanes, Middleridge, Berry Hills

8.5

6

45

 

#6

Kim Kazmierski, Maggi Perl, Lower Falls, Riverlake, Riverbend,

St. Albans

7.75

1.5

40

 

#7

Doren Burrell, Laura Miller State Capitol, Northern Arc,

Crow Roost

9

1

48.5

 

#8

Ed Smith Kanawha River

6.5

0.5

 

16

#9

Jim Waggy, Jerry Westfall, Kevin Cade, Susan Bryant, Bill Hall Kanawha State Forest,

Spring Hill Cemetery

10

6

20

 

At feeders: Bev Triplett-2 hours, Wendy Summers-2 hours, Willis & Betsy Trammel-5 hours

Total: 57.25 hours, 21.5 miles on foot, 198.5 miles by car, 16 miles by bicycle, .5 hours owling, 9 hours at feeders.

 

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