Cook Area Christmas Bird Count Results

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The Cook Area Christmas Bird Count took place Dec. 27th and went very well. There were 41 participants of which 29 counted at their feeders and 14 went out in the field to search. Total time spent watching at feeders was close to 59 hours. The total time in the field was 36 hours. The mileage in the field was 227 miles. Most of these miles were from people driving in vehicles but there also were 2 walkers, 1 skier and 1 snowmobiler. The grand total of birds counted was 2619 which included 26 different species. The area of our count circle was covered quite well. Here is a list of the birds reported to me and the numbers seen.

Black-capped Chickadee 492
American Crow 72
Bald Eagle 14
Purple Finch 36
American Goldfinch 73
Evening Grosbeak 53
Pine Grosbeak 74
Ruffed Grouse 14
Blue Jay 187
Gray Jay 50
Dark-eyed Junco 35
Black-billed Magpie 3
Red-breasted Nuthatches 48
White-breasted Nuthatches 41
Pine Siskin 738
Raven 151
Common Redpoll 247
House Sparrows 40
White-throated Sparrow 25
American Tree Sparrow 1
Starling 91
Downy Woodpecker 39
Hairy Woodpecker 32
Pileated Woodpecker 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

We were hoping to get a photo to confirm this last one as it is well out of it`s wintering area but it has not returned.

We also had one Hawk Owl that was seen during the count week. It does not count toward the count day totals but is noted as a count week sighting. All this information has been sent to the Audubon`s Society and will also go to the MN Ornithologist`s Union. Once reviewed it will be entered into their data files. Historical CBC data for MN can be viewed at the MOU web site.

There were 14 people who attended the Chili lunch. Bill Conger provided the chili and it was excellent. We also had a few “birdie” door prizes to give away. Thank you Bill and everyone else that brought something to go with the chili. Thanks also to all of you who counted.

Happy bird watching, Julie Grahn