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Juneau Christmas Bird Count
Report of the 2019 Juneau Christmas Bird Count.
Juneau Birders and Count Participants,
Thanks to those who participated in the 47th Juneau Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, January 4. Twenty-four volunteers reported 70 species and 10,131 individual birds. A few feeder watchers also contributed their observations to the count. Twelve additional species were seen during count week, for a total of 82.
The weather was cloudy, with temperatures in the upper twenties to low thirties, snow flurries, and light winds. The ponds and lakes were frozen or partly frozen.
Highlights included Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-breasted Sapsucker, American Kestrel, Merlin, Lapland Longspur, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and White-throated Sparrow on count day and Canvasback, Surfbird, Great Horned Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Spotted Towhee, and Lincoln's Sparrow during count week. Those species have been seen on 10 or fewer previous counts.
Surprisingly, the count resulted in nine new highs: Pied-billed Grebe (2), Bald Eagle (220), Killdeer (22), Dunlin (440), Merlin (5), Pacific Wren (18), Varied Thrush (120), White-winged Crossbill (670), and Pine Siskin (2,065). Additionally, Red-breasted Sapsucker was a new count-day species for the Juneau count.
Twenty-two species have been seen on each of the 47 counts. For the first time on a Juneau count, Long-Tailed Duck was not reported, nor was it reported during count week. The five most numerous species were Mallard (2,146), Pine Siskin (2,065), White-Winged Crossbill (670), Glaucous-winged Gull (590), and Common Raven (488). The complete list is available here.
Thanks, Patty Rose