Bird watchers conduct count

The Penticton Christmas bird count was held on Dec. 14.

The Penticton Christmas bird count was held on Dec. 14.

There were 47 observers in 20 to 24 parties. They recorded 153 party-hours and covered 704 party-kilometres.

The temperature ranged from 1 to 3 C, with no wind and no snow up to 1,000 metres. At 1,400 metres, 20 centimetres of snow was recorded.


Canada Goose 1,650

Trumpeter Swan 9

Tundra Swan 4

Wood Duck 1

Gadwall 8

Eurasian Wigeon 1

American Wigeon 117

Mallard 1,670

Redhead 505

Ring-necked Duck 1

Greater Scaup 185

Lesser Scaup 39

Bufflehead 96

Common Goldeneye 44

Barrow’s Goldeneye 5

Hooded Merganser 21

Common Merganser 62

Ring-necked Pheasant 19

Ruffed Grouse 3

grouse, sp. 1

California Quail 2,954

Common Loon 8

Pied-billed Grebe 10

Horned Grebe 91

Red-necked Grebe 9

Western Grebe 6

Great Blue Heron 19

Bald Eagle 26

Sharp-shinned Hawk 16

Cooper’s Hawk 16

Northern Goshawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 42

Rough-legged Hawk 1

Golden Eagle 1

American Kestrel 16

Merlin 12

Peregrine Falcon 1

hawk, sp. 1

American Coot 642

Mew Gull 3

Ring-billed Gull 132

California Gull 30

Herring Gull 71

Thayer’s Gull 3

Glaucous-winged Gull 123

GW X Western Gull 1

GL X GW ? Gull 1

gull, sp. 496

Rock Pigeon 691

Eurasian Collared-Dove 89

Mourning Dove 34

Western Screech-Owl 3

Great Horned Owl 14

Northern Pygmy-Owl 4

Northern Saw-whet Owl 2

Belted Kingfisher 8

Downy Woodpecker 15

Hairy Woodpecker 12

Am. 3-toed Woodpecker 1

Red-shafted Flicker 547

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Northern Shrike 3

Gray Jay 3

Steller’s Jay 146

Clark’s Nutcracker 82

Black-billed Magpie 377

American Crow 212

Common Raven 335

Black-capped Chickadee 191

Mountain Chickadee 133

Boreal Chickadee 1

Red-breasted Nuthatch 70

White-breasted Nuthatch 6

Pygmy Nuthatch 251

Brown Creeper 8

Canyon Wren 3

Bewick’s Wren 2

Pacific Wren 4

American Dipper 4

Golden-crowned Kinglet 21

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8

Western Bluebird 161

Townsend’s Solitaire 19

American Robin 335

Varied Thrush 2

European Starling 11,898

Bohemian Waxwing 7,849

Cedar Waxwing 27

Yellow-rumped Warbler 8

Spotted Towhee 18

Song Sparrow 319

White-crowned Sparrow 66

Dark-eyed (Ore) Junco 1,151

Dark-eyed (Sc) Junco 7

Red-winged Blackbird 123

Brewer’s Blackbird 8

Pine Grosbeak 21

House Finch 725

Red Crossbill 68

Common Redpoll 20

Pine Siskin 17

American Goldfinch 484

Evening Grosbeak 23

House Sparrow 522







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