Sunapee area reports 42 species in Audubon count

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Sixteen birders in the Lake Sunapee area took part in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count held on December 18. They reported seeing 42 species and 1859 birds, says Gary Stansfield of Goshen, the CBC coordinator for the area.

“We enjoyed some fine weather for count day. No species ‘new to the count’ were recorded this year, but considering the solid ice cover and the relative paucity of waterfowl, we logged a very respectable 42 species on count day plus an additional 2 count week species. We also recorded new count highs for barred owls, white-breasted nuthatches and Carolina wrens.”

The Lake Sunapee area used for the Christmas Bird Count takes in a 15 mile diameter circle.

The 2010 count

Canada Goose (3), American Black Duck (11), Mallard (187), Ring-necked Duck (1), Hooded Merganser (2), Common Merganser (2), Ruffed Grouse (1), Wild Turkey (82), Cooper’s Hawk (1), Red-tailed Hawk (1), Ring-billed Gull (3), Rock Pigeon (107), Mourning Dove (59), Barred Owl (3 and flagged as an unusually high count), Red-bellied Woodpecker (not counted on Dec. 18 but seen during count week), Downy Woodpecker (33), Hairy Woodpecker (31), Pileated Woodpecker (2), Blue Jay (229), American Crow (65), Common Raven (10), Black-capped Chickadee (613), Tufted Titmouse (38), Red-breasted Nuthatch (18), White-breasted Nuthatch (66 and flagged as an unusually high count), Brown Creeper (1), Carolina Wren  (2 and flagged as an unusually high count), Golden-crowned Kinglet (13), American Robin (3), European Starling (39), Bohemian Waxwing (20), American Tree Sparrow (18), Song Sparrow (1), White-throated Sparrow (2), Dark-eyed/Slate-colored Junco (10), Northern Cardinal (18), Common Grackle (not counted on Dec. 18 but seen during count week), Purple Finch (1), House Finch (5), Common Redpoll (18), Pine Siskin (7), American Goldfinch (53), Evening Grosbeak (7), and House Sparrow (73).

On the Audubon website, you can look up current and historical Christmas Bird counts by country, state and count circle, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

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