Christmas Bird Count Report

By Gerard McNaughton

The 42 annual Hanover-Walkerton Christmas Bird Count took place on Dec. 16, 2017 with participants searching woodlots, open fields and feeders in search of their feathered friends. Warmer then seasonal temperatures only a few weeks before were replaced by cold weather and snow that would make some roads impassable. Undaunted the 28 observers scoured the sounding area in hopes of finding as many birds as possible. By the end of the day 49 species had been recorded totaling 6375 birds with an additional 3 species being recorded during the count week period.

One new species was recorded when 2 Ring Neck Ducks were observed at the Chesley Sewage lagoons bringing the overall total species seen to a impressive 105 over the 42 years 4 species would set new record highs they were Great Black-backed Gull 11, Blue Jay 307, Bald Eagle 30 (23 were observed in one field alone), and Golden Eagle 2.
Other highlights included a Northern Flicker not seen since 2006 and a Wilson’s Snipe not seen since 1994. Count week species were Snowy Owl, Song Sparrow, and Red-winged Blackbird.

Canada Goose 232

Mute Swan 4

Mallard 689

American Black Duck 6

Ring-necked Duck 2

Common Goldeneye 22

Common Merganser 4

Red-breasted Merganser 1

Wild Turkey 144

Great Blue Heron 1

Golden Eagle 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk 4

American Kestrel 8

Merlin 1

Ruffed Grouse 4

Cooper’s Hawk 3

Bald Eagle 30

Red-tailed Hawk 22

Rough-legged Hawk 8

Wilson’s Snipe 1

Ring-billed Gull 2

Herring Gull 190

Great Black-backed Gull 11

Rock Pigeon 321

Mourning Dove 372

Northern Shrike 3

Blue Jay 307

American Crow 612

Common Raven 9

Horned Lark 5

Black-capped Chickadee 296

Red-breasted Nuthatch 15

White-breasted Nuthatch 26

Brown Creeper 5

Golden-crowned Kinglet 19

European Starling 589

American Tree Sparrow 170

Song Sparrow CW

Dark-eyed Junco 596

Snow Bunting 477

Northern Cardinal 25

Red-winged Blackbird CW

House Finch 121

American Goldfinch 818

House Sparrow 84

Duck sp. 21

Total Individuals Seen     6,375

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