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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:24 pm 
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Thanks to all who participated in the Hartland Christmas Bird Count held on 12/16/17 this year. We came in with 60 species with two additional count week species, ahead of our 50.3, 42 year species average. Highlight this year was a new addition to our count, a Golden Eagle found and well documented by Patrick Wright. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was probably the next best bird located by Anna Walker's group, only the 5th record for this species. Although Bald Eagle was found this year by my team for only the 4th count record, I feel that this species is on the rise in our area and should start to be observed more regularly.

Here are the results:
12/16/2017 Totals

Canada Goose 2733
Mute Swan 68
Gadwall CW
American Black Duck 8
Mallard 845
Northern Pintail 1
Canvasback 1
Redhead 6
scaup sp. CW
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 5
Hooded Merganser 1
Common Merganser 9
Red-breasted Merganser 4
domestic duck sp. X Mallard (hybrid) 4
Wild Turkey 141
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Bald Eagle 2
Golden Eagle 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Cooper's Hawk 11
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 37
American Kestrel 4
American Coot 3
Sandhill Crane 91
Ring-billed Gull 21
Herring Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 84
Mourning Dove 478
Eastern Screech-Owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 65
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 61
Hairy Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker 9
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Northern Shrike 1
Blue Jay 231
American Crow 210
Black-capped Chickadee 248
Tufted Titmouse 54
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 70
Brown Creeper 3
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 7
Eastern Bluebird 53
American Robin 10
European Starling 970
Cedar Waxwing 116
American Tree Sparrow 189
Song Sparrow 10
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 175
Northern Cardinal 127
Common Grackle 1
House Finch 121
American Goldfinch 274
House Sparrow 300

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Lyle Hamilton
Howell, MI


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:33 pm 
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A final update. Species total remains at 60, but we added a few count week birds. Both Lesser and Greater Scaup (thanks Sean), Gadwall and Ring-necked Duck were all observed on Lake Chemung during the count period. Maybe next year they will stand up and be counted on count day....

Thanks again to all the participants. Next years count should be Saturday 12/15/18 so mark your calendars!

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