2014 Seward CBC summary

2014 Seward CBC summary
Seward, Alaska

Below are the final results for the 2014 Seward Christmas Bird Count held on Saturday, December 27.

After a long bout of rainy weather, Count Day dawned clear and mild with temperatures ranging from 22-35ยบ. The north wind was brisk in the morning but dropped to 0 to 10 by midday. Snow was virtually non-existent, and remnant patches of crusty old snow peaked at 2”. Many optimistic lawns were still green in town, and most still water was at least partly unfrozen. Birding conditions were just about ideal for the 25 field counters who participated by car, on foot, by boat, and bicycle from 9:45 am to 4 pm.

Every team seemed to have at least one unique and special bird to add to the Count including the Western Screech Owl, Brambling, Peregrine Falcon, Spruce Grouse, Steller’s Eider, Hooded Merganser, Merlin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Rock Sandpipers, Dunlins, and Trumpeter Swan family. The three feeder watchers contributed a Purple Finch, White-throated Sparrow, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.

At the end of a very fun and pleasant day, a phenomenal 69 species were seen, for a total of 3936 birds. Four additional species were seen during Count Week.

Thank you to all the participants, many who drove many miles to join the Count, and to Captain Mike Brittain who generously donated the use of his boat, the Dora, and provided fuel and navigational skills for the boat team to survey the bay. Your time and expertise is greatly appreciated!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter and Seward CBC Compiler

Trumpeter Swan            6
Gadwall                         cw
Mallard                          359 
Northern Pintail              8
Steller’s Eider                1
Harlequin Duck              73
Surf Scoter                    75
White-winged Scoter      2
Long-tailed Duck            1
Bufflehead                     54                           
Common Goldeneye       62 
Barrow’s Goldeneye       312
Hooded Merganser                  1             
Common Merganser       176                       
Red-breasted Merganser  72 
Spruce Grouse               1
Common Loon               4
Horned Grebe                43
Red-necked Grebe          1
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Pelagic Cormorant          78
cormorant sp                 2
Great Blue Heron            2                   
Bald Eagle                      97                                   
Northern Goshawk         cw                         
Merlin                           1
Peregrine Falcon            1
Killdeer                          cw
Rock Sandpiper              6
Mew Gull                      54
Herring Gull                   6
Thayer’s Gull                 1
Glaucous-winged Gull     86
white-winged Gull sp      25
Common Murre             1
Marbled Murrelet            32                             
Rock Pigeon                  96
Western Screech Owl     1
Belted Kingfisher            3                            
Downy Woodpecker       16                     
Hairy Woodpecker          8                         
Steller's Jay                   41                          
Black-billed Magpie         61                  
Northwestern Crow        85                      
Common Raven             133                  
Black-capped Chickadee   42            
Chestnut-backed Chickadee   71            
Boreal Chickadee            4                        
Red-breasted Nuthatch    28                
Brown Creeper               7                              
Pacific Wren                  cw
American Dipper            5                              
Golden-crowned Kinglet  46                     
Ruby-crowned Kinglet   3                      
American Robin             31                       
Varied Thrush                36                                
Bohemian Waxwing        136                   
European Starling          
American Tree Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow                11
White-throated Sparrow  1                      
White-crowned Sparrow          2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 7                     
Dark-eyed Junco Oregon         14
Dark-eyed Junco Slate-colored 221                              
Snow Bunting                         12 
Rusty Blackbird              8
Brambling                      1
Gray-crowned Rosy-finch 6                   
Pine Grosbeak                119                             
Red Crossbill                 3                                  
White-winged Crossbill       855
crossbill sp                    1             
Common Redpoll            14                              
Pine Siskin                     156                                   

Total individuals    3936
Total species         69

Count week          4

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