2015 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, CHARLESTON, WV

Handlan Chapter - Brooks Bird Club

To view the archives of the Handlan Christmas Bird counts for 1944-2013 click here.

 

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

 

Fox Sparrow (By Roger Mayhorn)

 

The Charleston CBC took place on Saturday, December 19, 2015. Temperatures ranged from 28 to 40 degrees for the day and steady winds of 20-22 mph kept a lot of birds out of sight and off the Kanawha River.  Thanks to the efforts of 24 volunteers, we were able to locate 61 species of birds for the day.

Highlights for the day included an American Woodcock, a record number of Gadwalls (130), and an outstanding number of Field Sparrows in one flock (43)  Our pair of Merlins have come back to the cemetery again for the winter and so these two Merlins tied our high count for this species.


 Totals:  Species                     62
                 Individuals               14198

                                                                                                        

Species 2015 Total 2013 Total*
Canada Goose 390 325
American Black Duck 2 5
Mallard  96 242
Bufflehead  2 0
Hooded Merganser 22 40
Ruddy Duck 2 9
Wild Turkey 3 1
Pied-billed Grebe 14 8
Double-crested Cormorant 4 0
Great Blue Heron 5 16
Black Vulture 4 5
Turkey Vulture 58 246
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 5
Red-tailed Hawk 7 9
Peregrine Falcon 1 0
Great Horned Owl 1 0
American Coot 50 155
Killdeer 21 15
American Woodcock 1 0
Ring-billed Gull 51 1
Rock Dove 388 434
Mourning Dove 101 163
Barred Owl 1 0
Belted Kingfisher 5 4
Red-headed Woodpecker 1 0
Red-bellied Woodpecker 30 41
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 6 5
Downy Woodpecker 35 27
Hairy Woodpecker 3 7
Northern Flicker 7 16
Pileated Woodpecker 9 13
Merlin 2 2
Eastern Phoebe 1 0
Blue Jay 40 109
American Crow 11255 9147
Carolina Chickadee 92 116
Tufted Titmouse 70 74
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 0
White-breasted Nuthatch 49 39
Brown Creeper 1 0
House Wren 1 0
Winter Wren 1 3
Carolina Wren 44 83
Golden-crowned Kinglet 7 12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 0
Eastern Bluebird 54 65
American Robin 112 301
Northern Mockingbird 20 27
European Starling 374 1118
Yellow-rumped Warbler 30 25
Eastern Towhee 19 38
Field Sparrow  45 5
Song Sparrow 50 2
White-throated Sparrow 67 4
Dark-eyed Junco 84 25
Northern Cardinal 143 11
Red-winged Blackbird 1 0
House Finch 86 63
American Goldfinch 40 59
House Sparrow 185 91
Gadwall 130 57
American Wigeon 0 4
Northern Shoveler 0 5
Northern Pintail 0 6
Ring-necked Duck 0 3
Common Merganser 0 2
Pied-billed Grebe 0 8
Coopers Hawk 0 5
American Kestrel 0 2
Hermit Thrush 0 2
Cedar Waxwing 0 15
American Tree Sparrow 0 5
Chipping Sparrow 0 5
Swamp Sparrow 0 1
Common Grackle 0 5

* 2013 is used for comparison since there is no data available for 2014