2010 Christmas Bird Count at White Memorial

The Litchfield Hills Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, December 19, 2010. It is the 55th year that this count has been held. The White Memorial Foundation crew consisted of 13 volunteers under the direction of WMCC Wildlife Biologist Dave Rosgen. We spent 12 hours in the field, thoroughly covering the Property. We found and counted 5,234 individual birds of 52 different species. The number of species was below average; largely due to Bantam Lake being 95% frozen and thus unavailable to as much variety of waterfowl as usual. The number of individuals was quite a bit higher than average; mostly due to Canada Geese (1,725 individuals), Mallards (286), American Crows (758), and American Robins (667). The rarest species found was Rough-legged Hawk. This is the first time that this species has been found on the Property on a CBC. Other uncommon species found this year included Eastern Screech-Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Fish Crow, Common Raven, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, and Purple Finch. For complete list of the birds that we found, including numbers, send an e-mail to james@whitememorialcc.org requesting that a copy of the Research and Conservation Forum is e-mailed to you.

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