[Bristol-Birds] 30 birders tally 83 species on Bristol CBC

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 00:01:26 -0500

The Bristol Christmas Bird Count found 83 species on Sunday,  Dec. 30, 2007, 
which is 
normal compared to the most recent 10-year-average of 82.9 species.  The most 
20-year-average is 77,8 species.  The count's record is 91 species in 2004 
which is the
region record high count.

Thirty birders in six parties went afield which may represent a new record 
turnout of participants
for the count. The Bristol CBC was first held in 1931. 

The party high count this year was 59 species under the leadership of Rick 
Knight and
included Roy Kinspel, Joe McGuiness and Kim Stroud.

Richard Lewis compiled the count for his 27th consecutive year dating back to 
Wallace Coffey participated in his 49th consecutive Bristol CBC.

Birders attending the count compilation at the Steele Creek Park Lodge 
included:  Rick Knight,
Don Holt, Diane Draper, Rob Biller, Ron Carrico, Tom McNeil, Rack Cross, Chris 
Richard Lewis, Roy Kinspel, Michele Sparks and Wallace Coffey.

Among the more interesting species were Kinght's party finding three Eared 
Grebes at Musick's
Campground on S.H. Lake.  This is the 10th Bristol CBC which has recorded this 
species.   In
addition, Rack Cross' party had three Snow Geese (two white forms and one blue 
form) at 
Clear Creek Lake along with a single Ross's Goose.  There is one previous 
record of the
Ross's for the count when one bird was found there in 2005.  Cross' party also 
had two
Black-crowned Night-Herons there, making the sixth year they have been found on 
the count.
Larry McDaniel's party had the count's fourth Snow Goose.  Richard Lewis and 
Phillip Lewis
found an American Woodcock and a Northern Bobwhite.  The last report of either 
on this count was in 1998.

There were no new count species reported this year.  Seven species were
recorded in record high numbers:  Wild Turkey (68), Great Blue Heron (34), 
Cooper's Hawk (9),
Northern Flicker (50), Carolina Chickadee (174), Brown Creeper (8) and Northern 
Cardinal (292).

There was no significant influx of northern finches.  

Despite efforts by the U.S.D.A. to trap and kill Canada Geese in the count 
area,  There was
a near record 859 birds found.  Almost 10 percent of the total was found at 
Middlebrook Lake
where 81 birds were counted.  Federal agents conducted an extensive effort to 
kill and
relocated geese from Middlebrook this past summer.

Large roosts of Ring-billed Gulls at South Holston Lake and at Middlebrook Lake
near the Bristol Virginia Regional Landfill accounted for the 840 gulls.

Four species of "count week" (cw) birds are reported in the list below but are 
not included in
the total of 83 species.

Here is the list for this year's count:

Snow Goose 4 (three at Clear Creek Lake)
Ross's Goose 1 (Clear Creek Lake)
Canada Goose 859
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck cw
Green-winged Teal 12
American Black Duck cw
Mallard 613
Gadwall 62
American Wigeon 17
Redhead 1
Ring-necked Duck 57
Lesser Scaup 4
Common Goldeneye 1
Bufflehead 147 
Hooded Merganser 265 (mostly Middlebrook Lake and Clear Creek Lake)
Ruffed Grouse 2
Wild Turkey 68
Northern Bobwhite 1
Common Loon 12
Pied-billed Grebe 27
Horned Grebe 12
Eared Grebe 3 (Musick's Campground S.H. Lake)
Great Blue Heron 34
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 (Clear Creek Lake)
Black Vulture cw
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
Cooper's Hawk 9
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 26
American Kestrel 28
American Coot 22
Killdeer 55
Wilson's Snipe 5
American Woodcock 1
Ring-billed Gull 840
Herring Gull 2
Rock Pigeon 631
Mourning Dove 416
Eastern Screech Owl 11
Great Horned Owl 10
Belted Kingfisher 20
Red-bellied Woodpecker 29
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 11
Downy Woodpecker 43
Hairy Woodpecker 14
Northern Flicker 50
Pileated Woodpecker 25
Eastern Phoebe 15
Blue Jay 240
American Crow 1241
Common Raven 3
Carolina Chickadee 174
Tufted Titmouse 120
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 60
Brown Creeper 8
Carolina Wren 110
Winter Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 88
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
Eastern Bluebird 103
Hermit Thrush 7
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 122
Loggerhead Shrike 4
European Starling 1391
Yellow-rumped Warbler 73
Palm Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 292
Eastern Towhee 41
Chipping Sparrow 6
Field Sparrow 31
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 157
Swamp Sparrow 9
White-throated Sparrow 174
White-crowned Sparrow 117
Dark-eyed Junco 81
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Purple Finch cw
House Finch 73
Pine Siskin 4
American Goldfinch 243
House Sparrow 17
Total # species 83
Total # individuals 9495

Here is the list of species counted by parties:
59 species=  Rick Knight, Roy Kinspel, Joe McGuiness, Kim Stroud
57 species=  Wallace Coffey, Ellen Parker, Kevin Hamed, Michele Sparks, Andy 
Jones, Charlie Parker, Chris O'Bryan
54 species=  Ron Carrico, Rob Biller, Tom McNeil
53 species=  Rack Cross, Carol Cross, Diane Draper, Don Holt, Todd Hare, Mary 
Anne Wheat
52 species=  Larry McDaniel, Tom Hunter, Ed Talbott, Janice Martin, Fred 
Martin, Dave Worley, Ron Harrington, Randy Smith
45 species=  Richard Lewis, Phillip Lewis

Let's go birding......

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN

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