cbc-logo-stackedThis year we were invited to help out with the Christmas Bird Count. We have participated in a CBC in Louisiana before, but it was nice to be able to meet other birders in the local area here in North Dakota. We have heard about a few around, but we had not met any of them yet.

This year, we helped out with an area known as Shadehill Recreation Area in South Dakota. Total our group found 44 species and about 9085 individuals. This was apparently a pretty decent year for this location. And the wife was able to add a bird to her life list when she saw a lone Gray Partridge.

Below is the final tally of all of the species:

Cackling goose 200
Canada goose 5033 (local biologists estimate that there are actually ~7000 in area, just not all seen on count day)
Mallard 3125 (local biologists estimate that there are actually ~10,000 in area, just not all seen on count day)
Common Goldeneye 8
Redhead 1, also seen last year
Hooded Merganser 1 (a female), new to count
Bald Eagle 12
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Northern Goshawk 1, found by Nancy at Ketterling Point in afternoon
Red-tailed Hawk 8
Ferruginous Hawk 2, new high
Rough-legged Hawk 9
Golden Eagle 5
Merlin 1
Gray Partridge 1
Ring-n. Pheasant 130
Sharp-tailed Grouse 125
Wild Turkey 11
Am. Coot 8, new high
Rock Pigeon 20
Eastern Screech-owl 3, tying last year’s high count
Great Horned Owl 9
N. Saw-whet Owl 1
Downy Woodpecker 3, tying previous high
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, new to the count, second local record, photo by Jenny Riesinger
N. Flicker 3
N. Shrike 4
Blue Jay 2, tying previous high
Black-b. Magpie 1
Horned Lark 29
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, new to count, first I have ever seen in local area, photo by Jenny Riesinger
Townsend’s Solitaire 1, compared to 8 last year
Am. Robin 51
Eur. Starling 52, new high
Cedar Waxwing 69
American Tree Sparrow 83
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1, new to count (on count day)
Purple Finch 24
Am. Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 35

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