[Tweeters] 2015 Pilchuck Audubon Edmonds CBC Results

Rick Taylor taylorrl at outlook.com
Wed Jan 6 21:35:09 PST 2016


2015 Pilchuck Audubon Edmonds CBC Results

December 19, 2015

Count Day: 129 species (new record for the circle)

Count Week: 3 additional species (Western Gull, American Pipit, American
Dipper)

Individual Birds: 49,566

Observers: 80 field participants in 32 teams, and 48 feeder counters at 37
feeder locations

Weather: Mostly cloudy with temperatures ranging from 38f to 45f with a
trace of light drizzle in the late afternoon.

Overview: The Edmonds CBC circle is centered just to the west of Martha
Lake in Lynnwood and is located mainly in south Snohomish County, but also
includes a 2.5-mile bite out of north King County and a small area on the SE
corner of Whidbey Island. 129 species were found on count day for a new
record breaking the previous record of 126 species and well above the
average of 108. The 49,566 individuals seen was below the maximum for
61,843 set in 2007; but, well above the average of 29,339. The combination
of feeder counters and field participants at 128 was one higher than our
record participation set last year and well above the average. With mild
weather we also set a new record for party hours at 189.

Highlights: One new species, Common Yellowthroat, was added at Lowell
Riverfront Trail. Two Black Turnstones were on the Edmonds breakwater. An
American Dipper was present in Wallace Swamp Creek Park during count week.
A single Common Redpoll was found in Meadowvale County Park.

Notable Misses:

* Ring-necked Pheasant - found in 31% of the counts

* Eared Grebe - found in 53% of the counts

* Western Gull (count week) - found in 59% of counts

* Rough-legged Hawk - found in 47% of the counts

* Northern Shrike - found in 41% of the counts

Record High Counts:

* Cinnamon Teal - 10 vs. 3 in 1999

* Brandt's Cormorant - 27 vs. 23 in 2013

* Sharp-shinned Hawk -- 10 vs. 8 in 2001

* Bald Eagle - 67 vs. 41 in 2012

* Virginia Rail -- 16 vs. 9 in 2003

* Black Turnstone - 2

* Anna's Hummingbird - 167 vs. 134 in 2014

* Red-breasted Sapsucker - 12 vs. 9 in 2013

* Downy Woodpecker - 65 vs. 51 in 2013

* Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) - 228 vs. 168 in 2013

* Pileated Woodpecker - 27 vs. 24 in 2014

* Chestnut-backed Chickadee - 454 vs. 414 in 2014

* Brown Creeper - 44 vs. 34 in 2014

* Pacific Wren - 150 vs. 126 in 2013

* Bewick's Wren - 128 vs. 119 in 2013



When we normalized the counts by party hours and applied some basic
statistics, there was a slightly different list of species that that were
statistically higher than normal:

* Wood Duck

* Cinnamon Teal

* Brandt's Cormorant

* Virginia Rail

* Black Turnstone

* Anna's Hummingbird

* Red-breasted Sapsucker

* Downy Woodpecker

* Hairy Woodpecker

* Pileated Woodpecker

* Chestnut-backed Chickadee

* Brown Creeper

* Common Yellowthroat

Record Low Counts:

* American Coot - 183 vs. an average of 1,194 and a maximum of 5,524
in 1992

Again, when we normalized the counts by party hours and applied some basic
statistics, there were a couple of additional species that that were lower
than normal:



* Common Goldeneye

* Double-crested Cormorant

* Great Blue Heron

* Red-tailed Hawk

* Rock Pigeon

* House Sparrow

Thanks to all of the field participants and the many new feeder counters who
made this possible. Special thanks go out to Linda Philips for hosting the
post count pot-luck and providing her excellent home baked bread and hot
soups.

Regards,

Rick & Bob

Rick Taylor and Bob Schmidt

Co-compilers, Edmonds CBC





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