Highlights of the 23rd LV Christmas Bird Count, Jan 9, 2020

Highlights of the 23rd Lardeau Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

How fortunate that the bird count occurred before these latest snow storm adventures!  On December 27th, 30 participants counted 41 bird species in the 23rd annual Lardeau CBC and an additional 5 species during the count week. The CBC tradition began 120 years ago and Gail Spitler of Johnsons Landing started the local Christmas bird count centred on Lardeau in 1997. The CBC is coordinated by Bird Studies Canada and the count data is used to assess the population trends and distribution of birds.

The highlights of count day included a Marsh Wren for the first time, 3 Great Blue Herons, 5 woodpecker species (Downy, Hairy, Pileated, American Three Toed and Northern Flicker), Gray (now called Canada) Jay, Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Grosbeaks and Red-winged blackbirds. Compared to the past couple years we did not have any crossbills, waxwings or redpolls on count day. Although there were a lot of ravens and wild turkeys, the highest species number was the Black-capped Chickadee.  The Lardeau CBC average is around 37 species and has been increasing over the years. Species seen during count week but not on the 27th include 6 swans, barred owl, bohemian waxwings and a lone dark-eyed junco. To see the count data for Lardeau (in a few days) and other CBCs, go to https://www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc/index.jsp?targetpg=index

A huge thank you to the feeder watchers and field participants!

marlene at lardeau

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