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Geoffrey A. Williamson

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Lisle-Arboretum CBC, 14 Dec 2014, preliminary results
« : December 14, 2014, 08:23:56 PM »
The 66th Lisle-Arboretum Christmas Bird Count was held today (Sunday, 14 Dec 2014). The balmy temperatures in the upper 40s were in stark contrast to last year's count, when the record species total of 88 was set for the circle. The 60+ field observers took advantage of the warm weather and managed for the second straight year to break the record species total. This year they pushed the species tally to 89!!

The preliminary results as reported at the countdown dinner are shown below.  There are a couple of party totals yet to be included, and some feeder counter numbers need to be added, so these are just the preliminary results.  Good birds for this count are indicated by all-caps, with the number of years they've been on the count noted.  Importantly for setting the record number of species, we had 24 species of waterfowl, with numbers for five of these setting all-time high counts for the circle.  All-time high counts were set for five other species, as well.  Rumors have already begun that we will reach 90 species at next year's count (to be held Sunday, 20 Dec 2015 -- mark your calendars!).

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 [Record high count!] (4th yr on count)
Snow Goose 3
Cackling Goose 8
Canada Goose 6,520
Mute Swan 3
TRUMPETER SWAN 2 (3rd yr on count)
Gadwall 283
American Wigeon 4
American Black Duck 6
Mallard 1,771
Northern Shoveler 19
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 9
CANVASBACK 3  (10th yr on count)
REDHEAD 3  (10th yr on count)
Ring-necked Duck 1
GREATER SCAUP 1  (9th yr on count)
Lesser Scaup 11 [Record high count!]
Bufflehead 8 [Record high count!]
Common Goldeneye 78 [Record high count!]
Hooded Merganser 24
Common Merganser 606 [Record high count!]
Red-breasted Merganser 14
RUDDY DUCK 6  (13th yr on count)

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 1  (9th yr on count)

Great Blue Heron 24

Bald Eagle 9
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
Cooper's Hawk 15
Red-tailed Hawk 75
Rough-legged Hawk 2

American Coot 71 [Record high count!]

Wilson's Snipe 1

Ring-billed Gull 153
Herring Gull 206
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 1 (2nd yr on count)

Rock Pigeon 475
Mourning Dove 383

Eastern Screech-Owl 12
Great Horned Owl 26
BARRED OWL 2  (9th yr on count)
SHORT-EARED OWL 1  (14th yr on count)

Belted Kingfisher 13

Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 213
Downy Woodpecker 358 [Record high count!]
Hairy Woodpecker 103 [Record high count!]
Northern Flicker (yellow-shafted) 15
PILEATED WOODPECKER 1  (8th yr on count)

American Kestrel 5
MERLIN 1  (9th yr on count)

MONK PARAKEET 25 [Record high count!] (7th yr on count)

Northern Shrike 2

Blue Jay 513
American Crow 89

Horned Lark 4

Black-capped Chickadee 754
Tufted Titmouse 5

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 338 [Record high count!]

Brown Creeper 20

Winter Wren 2
Carolina Wren 7

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET 3  (18th yr on count)

Eastern Bluebird 85
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 172

European Starling 2,228

Cedar Waxwing 620

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3

Eastern Towhee 1
American Tree Sparrow 594
Fox Sparrow 18
Song Sparrow 64
LINCOLN'S SPARROW 1 (7th yr on count)
Swamp Sparrow 12
White-throated Sparrow 75
White-crowned Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 1,056

Northern Cardinal 458

EASTERN MEADOWLARK 3  (22nd yr on count)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD 1  (18th yr on count)
Common Grackle 3

House Finch 152
Purple Finch 4
Pine Siskin 390
American Goldfinch 508

House Sparrow 634
Geoff Williamson
Chicago (Cook County), Illinois

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Re: Lisle-Arboretum CBC, 14 Dec 2014, preliminary results
« #1 : December 14, 2014, 08:35:52 PM »
Our biggest miss was Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Only the third time out of 66 that that species wasn't recorded.
Geoff Williamson
Chicago (Cook County), Illinois


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