Numbers down, but just as many birds spotted during Christmas Bird Count

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A flock of over 175 Bohemian waxwings was spotted feeding on berries during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.

CORNER BROOK — Six-thousand birds, 38 different species.

That’s what the more than 30 people who participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count were treated to on Saturday.

“The number of species is about the same as we usually see,” said the Humber Natural History Society’s Lois Bateman in an email.

“Some years we count more individuals than this. The slightly lower count might be because we had fewer people counting this year than we usually do.”

Bateman added that there also seems to be fewer birds around feeders this year, which she said could be due to a good crop of cones for seed-eating birds.

Highlights of this year’s bird count included two species of woodpecker that are not commonly seen, since they tend to stay in deeper woods — the American three-toed woodpecker and the black-backed woodpecker, both sighted in Humber Village.

Another highlight was a willow ptarmigan, which was seen on Corner Brook’s Three Bear Mountain.

Bateman said a flock of over 140 black and white ducks, called the greater scaup, is spending the winter in the area, while a flock of 175 Bohemian waxwings were spotted feasting on the dogberries, which are still on trees around the city.

In addition to Corner Brook and Humber Village, this year’s bird count covered areas around Steady Brook, Massey Drive, Mount Moriah, Meadows and Hammond Farm.

 

 

Organizations: Humber Natural History Society, Hammond Farm

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Humber Village, Steady Brook Mount Moriah

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