CdA Audubon logs record Christmas Bird Count

Shirley Sturts of Coeur d’Alene Audubon is a long-time organizer of North Idaho Christmas Bird Count groups. (FILE)
Shirley Sturts of Coeur d’Alene Audubon is a long-time organizer of North Idaho Christmas Bird Count groups. (FILE)

WILDLIFE WATCHING — Shirley Sturts has just posting this detailed wrap-up of the Coeur d'Alene Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count.  It's one of thousands of Christmas Bird Counts underway this  month in the region and throughout North America.

Here are the details from CdA, where participants logged the highest number of individual birds in 22-year history of the club's participation in the century-old count:

The CDA CBC was held Dec. 15 with 30 field counters 12 feeder counters.

  • We had 73 species and 10,223 individuals.
  • In 22 years of this count, this is our highest number of individuals. Previous record was 10,119 in 2007.
  • We tied with ‘03 and ‘07 for the most species.

The highlight of our CBC are the high number of hawks we counted:

  • Northern Harrier 8
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
  • Cooper’s Hawk 3
  • Red-tailed Hawk 43 (previous record 26 in 2001)
  • Rough-legged Hawk 19 (previous record 20 in 1993)
  • Buteo sp 7 (previous record 3 in 2011)
  • American Kestrel 18 (previous record 15 in 1999)
  • Merlin 1
  • Possible Peregrine or Prairie Falcon

 Of interest:

  • Gray Partridge 4
  • Snowy Owl 1
  • Spotted Towhee 1 ( observed three other CBC but only cw)

New to the count:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet

See CdA Audubon's Christmas Bird Count web page.

See a chart for the CdA count from 1991 – 2012.

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