2011 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

Fox Sparrow (By Roger Mayhorn)

                                                                                                          

 

       The count area consists of all points within a 15 mile diameter circle centered at La-Z-Boy Showroom site located at 38 21' 43˝ N, 81 42' 51˝ 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, 2011.  Skies were mostly cloudy. Temperature was 34 to 38 F, wind southwest 0-14 mph, open water, no snow, and wild food crop fair.  There were twenty-one observers in eight parties, and two feeder counts.

              

                                                                                                   Party Number                                                                                                   Record Counts Since 1944                     

Species 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Feeder Total Count Year

 Canada Goose

30

64

32

38

47

 

164

129

 

504

1498

2002

 Gadwall

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

52

2000

 Mallard

4

5

17

4

17

4

77

15

2

145

886

1989

 Ring-necked Duck

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

9

1994

 Pied-billed Grebe

3

 

2

1

 

 

6

5

 

17

24

2008

 Double-crested Cormorant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

2

14

2010

 Great Blue Heron

1

 

 

1

 

 

2

1

 

5

25

1988

 Black Vulture

 

 

7

 

 

4

 

 

 

11

11

2011

 Turkey Vulture

 

2

33

2

2

136

1

14

1

191

259

2007

 Sharp-shinned Hawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

2

5

1996

 Cooper's Hawk

 

 

2

 

 

4

 

1

 

7

7

2011

 Red-shouldered Hawk

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

2

12

1981

 Red-tailed Hawk

3

 

 

1

 

 

 

2

 

6

17

2006

 American Kestrel

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

3

42

1982

 Peregrine Falcon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

2

2

2011

 American Coot

130

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

136

132

2001

 Killdeer

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

133

1975

 Common Snipe

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

23

1975

 Rock Pigeon

18

122

170

36

 

 

163

204

 

713

942

2007

 Mourning Dove

1

11

9

 

 

2

25

34

15

97

554

1982

 Belted Kingfisher

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

 

3

18

1984

 Red-headed Woodpecker

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

5

28

1970

 Red-bellied Woodpecker

2

3

5

5

2

1

3

4

1

26

60

2008

 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

2

18

1986

 Downy Woodpecker

1

2

5

7

2

6

6

6

4

39

147

1963

 Hairy Woodpecker

 

 

 

1

1

4

 

 

1

7

36

1971

 Northern Flicker

 

 

3

6

 

4

3

1

 

17

108

1981

 Pileated Woodpecker

 

 

2

1

 

9

1

2

1

16

33

1970

 Blue Jay

3

2

8

8

8

4

17

8

 

58

513

1981

 American Crow

11

32

136

160

600

37

52

2021

 

3049

12279

2007

 Carolina Chickadee

3

4

12

15

8

36

12

19

7

116

594

1981

 Tufted Titmouse

2

5

8

17

10

26

5

10

7

90

446

1979

 White-breasted Nuthatch

1

3

2

7

3

14

8

4

5

47

165

1968

 Brown Creeper

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

25

1963

 Carolina Wren

3

2

9

2

3

13

11

9

2

54

183

1976

 Winter Wren

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

15

1947

 Golden-crowned Kinglet

 

 

1

2

1

10

 

 

 

14

70

1976

 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

2

29

1966

 Eastern Bluebird

2

 

2

7

 

7

5

9

 

32

140

1981

 American Robin

1

3

7

20

 

127

748

18

 

924

7775

2008

 Northern Mockingbird

3

7

3

 

1

3

4

4

 

25

89

1971

 European Starling

45

145

103

87

6

22

1076

303

 

1787

26703

1968

 Cedar Waxwing

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

4

191

2000

 Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

 

1

3

 

1

3

 

 

8

86

2008

 Eastern Towhee

1

1

8

2

3

12

1

5

 

33

383

1971

 Chipping Sparrow

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

22

 

23

39

2005

 Field Sparrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

2

375

1947

 Song Sparrow

8

9

12

5

2

10

22

15

 

83

505

1949

 White-throated Sparrow

11

4

38

3

1

7

6

16

 

86

865

1971

 Dark-eyed Junco

 

 

7

7

 

22

3

14

15

68

886

1965

 Northern Cardinal

7

8

12

16

6

8

34

22

4

117

745

1969

 Common Grackle

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

6327

1992

 House Finch

 

1

 

5

 

4

5

6

2

23

302

1983

 American Goldfinch

1

 

11

8

 

 

20

14

9

63

324

1949

 House Sparrow

 

 

1

 

 

3

68

9

5

86

559

1953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Totals:  Species

27

24

34

32

21

35

34

38

16

55

 

 

         Individuals

320

438

673

482

725

550

2560

2954

81

8783

 

 

 

Observers in parties numbered above

 

 

         Party

Area Covered

Hours On Foot

Miles

On Foot

Hours By Car

Miles

By Car

#1

Bev Wright, Joe Jarrell & Sue Westfall, Don & Marilyn Morton

Technology Park, Ward Hollow    Wildlife Area

2.5

 

2

1

30

#2

Bev Wright, Joe Jarrell & Sue Westfall, Don & Marilyn Morton

Dunbar, Grand View Cemetery, Kanawha River

1

1.5

4

28

#3

Cindy Ellis, Connie Bergmark,

Laura Ceperley, Martha Hopper

Cross Lanes, Berry Hills, Alum Creek

2

2.5

5

28

#4

Chuck Wirts, Jim Triplett

Little Creek Park, Ruthlawn, Sherwood Forest

1

1

4.5

10

#5

Hullet Good, Joan Stevens

Coonskin Park

3.5

2

.5

3

#6

Jim Waggy, Kevin Cade, Bill Hall, Susan Bryant

Kanawha State Forrest, Spring Hill Cemetery

8.5

5

1

5

#7

Maggi Perl, Tom Fox

St. Albans, Tornado, Ridenour Lake

1

1.5

8.5

63

#8

Doren Burrell, Laura Miller

State Capitol, Lower Elk River, Upper Kanawha River

4

2

4

64

 

 

      At feeders: Connie Bergmark, Betsy & Willis Trammell - 9 hours

      Total: 52 hours, 17.5 miles on foot, 231 miles by car, 9 hours at feeders.

 

 Compiler:  Marilyn Morton

2720 Lakeview Drive

St. Albans, WV 25177

(304-727 5077)

 

In 2011 there were 3 species seen which were not seen in 2010.

These were Snipe, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Chipping Sparrow.

 

In 2011 there were 23 species missing which were seen in 2010.

These were Wood Duck, Wigeon, Black Duck, Pintail, Redhead Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Horned Grebe, Ring-bill Gull, Herring Gull, Phoebe, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-crown Sparrow, Red-wing Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, and Pine Siskin