Holiday Bird Count

December 17, 2016


7:30 - noon:  Morning Session
noon - 1 pm:  Potluck lunch
1:00 - 3:30"   Afternoon Session

Our count this year will be at

Springbrook Nature Center

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Beginning birders will be paired with experienced birders.  Groups will be given specific areas within the 15-mile count circle to observe and count on foot and in cars.  We will return to the nature center at noon for a hot potluck lunch, then return to our count areas.  We will meet back at the nature center at 3:30 to tally birds counted and fill out report sheets.  

INFORMATION/QUESTIONS:  
SIAH ST. CLAIR 763.572.3588  <stclairs@comcast.net>


Here's a recap from a previous year's results...
2010 Christmas Bird Count
 
25 people gathered on December 18, 2010 to participate in the Minneapolis North Christmas Bird Count. The count is conducted in a 7.5 mile radius circle with the Coon Rapids Dam as the center. Springbrook Nature Center is the gathering site for hot drinks, a potluck lunch and reporting.
 
The participants clocked a total of over 69 hours looking for and counting birds. They found a total of 6300 birds of 38 species. Of course, all the usual suspects were seen, for example:  480 black-capped chickadees, 707 crows, 2352 mallards, and 175 blue jays.    Some of the rarer and therefore more exciting sightings included a northern shrike, 6 white-winged crossbills and 14 common redpolls all between Long Lake and Pike Lake;  and one varied thrush in Champlin.
 
Some of the birds that are usually seen, such as common mergansers and goldeneyes, were not seen because the river was iced over; and others, such as some sparrows, were scarce because the deep snow has forced them to move to other areas.
 
The full report is given below.
Species
Count
Species
Count
Canada Goose
358
Blue Jay
175
Mallard
2352
American Crow
707
Ring-Necked Pheasant
8
Black-capped Chickadee
480
Wild Turkey
39
Red-breasted Nuthatch
1
Bald Eagle
14
White-breasted Nuthatch
97
Sharp-shinned Hawk
2
Brown Creeper
3
American Kestrel
1
American Robin
17
Rough-legged Hawk
1
Varied Thrush
1
Rock Pigeon
212
European Starling
405
Mourning Dove
45
Cedar Waxwing
18
Great Horned Owl
2
American Tree Sparrow
8
Barred Owl
2
Dark-eyed Junco
82
Belted Kingfisher
2
Northern Cardinal
94
Red-bellied Woodpecker
21
House Finch
219
Downey Woodpecker
69
Purple Finch
1
Hairy Woodpecker
34
American Goldfinch
203
Northern Flicker
3
White-winged Crossbill
6
Pileated Woodpecker
2
Common Redpoll
14
Northern Shrike
3
House Sparrow
584