Bird stats recorded at annual count

  • Jan. 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Penticton Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec. 19.

The temperature during the day ranged from -3 to 1, with winds up to 12 kilometres an hour. There was moderate snow most of the day, with a depth of up to 15 centimetres.

There were 47 observers in 21 to 25 parties for a total of 141 party-hours.

The following are the numbers of birds recorded:

Cackling Goose 2

Canada Goose 2,067

Trumpeter Swan 2

Wood Duck 12

Gadwall 8

American Wigeon 136

Mallard 1,609

Canvasback 5

Redhead 408

Ring-necked Duck 3

Greater Scaup 457

Lesser Scaup 3

Bufflehead 78

Common Goldeneye 47

Barrow’s Goldeneye 1

Hooded Merganser 5

Common Merganser 66

Ruddy Duck 1

Ring-necked Pheasant 15

Ruffed Grouse 3

California Quail 3,004

Common Loon 11

Pied-billed Grebe 8

Horned Grebe 50

Red-necked Grebe 12

Eared Grebe 2

Western Grebe 1

Great Blue Heron 13

Bald Eagle: adult 22

Bald Eagle: immature 3

Northern Harrier 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk 13

Cooper’s Hawk 13

Northern Goshawk 4

Accipiter sp. 1

Red-tailed Hawk 48

Red-tailed (Harlan’s) Hawk 1

Golden Eagle: immature 5

American Kestrel 14

Merlin 13

American Coot 755

Mew Gull 5

Ring-billed Gull 123

California Gull 61

Herring Gull 203

Thayer’s Gull 1

Glaucous-winged Gull 80

GW X Western Gull 3

gull, sp. 58

Rock Pigeon 625

Eurasian Collared-Dove 3

Mourning Dove 23

Great Horned Owl 9

Northern Pygmy-Owl 4

Short-eared Owl 1

Northern Saw-whet Owl 1

Belted Kingfisher 5

Downy Woodpecker 17

Hairy Woodpecker 6

Am. Three-toed Woodpecker 3

Red-shafted Flicker 555

Intergrade Flicker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 4

Northern Shrike 10

Gray Jay 4

Steller’s Jay 129

Clark’s Nutcracker 74

Black-billed Magpie 530

American Crow 174

Common Raven 336

Black-capped Chickadee 248

Mountain Chickadee 170

Boreal Chickadee 1

Red-breasted Nuthatch 97

White-breasted Nuthatch 6

Pygmy Nuthatch 149

Brown Creeper 7

Canyon Wren 1

Pacific Wren 1

American Dipper 4

Golden-crowned Kinglet 21

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8

Western Bluebird 125

Townsend’s Solitaire 14

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 278

Varied Thrush 12

European Starling 4,630

Bohemian Waxwing 1,985

Cedar Waxwing 147

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

Spotted Towhee 6

Song Sparrow 252

Swamp Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 2

White-crowned Sparrow 131

Dark-eyed (Ore) Junco 1,257

Dark-eyed (Sc Junco 13

Red-winged Blackbird 303

Pine Grosbeak 5

Purple Finch 1

Cassin’s Finch 9

House Finch 1,941

Red Crossbill 77

Common Redpoll 20

Pine Siskin 6

American Goldfinch 622

Evening Grosbeak 1

House Sparrow 995

INDIVIDUALS 25,518

SPECIES 102