NWO Fall Roundup 2019 Totals

Saturday Nov. 2, 2019 was a great day to get out and participate in the annual Fall Roundup. Twenty-nine parties participated this year, one more party than last year. Collectively, they observed 82 species, down slightly from 88 in 2018. The total number of birds reported (11,077) was up from 7,813 last year. Much of this increase is attributable to the huge flocks of Snow Buntings found seemingly everywhere. In Thunder Bay the weather cooperated except for some wind in the afternoon. The temperature hovered around zero, it was partly cloudy and there was a trace of snow. The wind was from the west at 10 to 20 km/hr.

Compared to 2018; raptor numbers were down, pigeon numbers were up (could there be a correlation?), corvid numbers were up, junco & sparrow numbers were down, blackbird numbers were down and Snow Bunting numbers were over 3 times higher than last year.

Observed in the 2018 fall roundup but not observed this year were: any grebes, Mute Swan, Black Duck, Pintail, 2 species of scoters, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Sandhill Crane, Golden Plover, White Pelican, kingfisher, Red-bellied & Black-backed Woodpeckers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend’s Solitaire, Chipping sp., Fox sp., White-crowned sp., Rusty Blackbird and redpolls.

Observed in the 2019 fall roundup but not observed last year were: Cackling Goose, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Golden Eagle, Goshawk, Coot, Dunlin, Nashville Warbler, Song Sparrow, eastern Meadowlark, Summer Tanager and Red Crossbill.

Little attempt has been made to separate-out multiple sightings of the same birds by different parties. That being said, it is likely that there were indeed 2 Western Meadowlarks around, one at Chippewa and another in the fields  south of Viterra; 2 parties saw the same Summer Tanager;

Four of the Cackling Geese were sitting in the fenced area in-front of Keefer Terminal. No Black-backed Woodpeckers or Black Ducks were observed but one of each was seen the day after the count.

To everyone who participated in this outstanding ‘citizen science project’, many thanks! Events like this contribute significantly to our understanding of the birds in our environment.

Here are the totals for the day:

TOTAL

Species name*

TOTAL

Species name*

2

Common Loon

 49

Canada Jay

4

Snow Goose

 130

Blue Jay

6

Cackling Goose

 10

Black-billed Magpie

1789

Canada Goose

 1669

American Crow

11

Trumpeter Swan

 344

Common Raven

46

American Widgeon

 36

Horned Lark

77

Mallard

 340

Black-capped Chickadee

3

American Green-winged Teal

 6

Boreal Chickadee

16

Redhead

 84

Red-breasted Nuthatch

62

Ring-necked Duck

 5

White-breasted Nuthatch

20

Greater Scaup

 2

Brown Creeper

57

Lesser Scaup

 1

Winter Wren

14

Scaup sp.

 4

Golden-crowned Kinglet

2

Black Scoter

 65

American Robin

199

Bufflehead

 230

European Starling

295

Common Goldeneye

 32

Bohemian Waxwing

203

Hooded Merganser

 2

Cedar Waxwing

29

Common Merganser

 1

Nashville Warbler

20

Ruffed Grouse

 8

American Pipit

9

Spruce Grouse

 108

Lapland Longspur

14

Sharp-tailed Grouse

 2615

Snow Bunting

1

Golden Eagle

 39

American Tree Sparrow

3

Northern Harrier

 1

Fox Sparrow

1

Northern Goshawk

 2

Song Sparrow

178

Bald Eagle

 3

White-throated Sparrow

5

Red-tailed Hawk

 1

White-crowned Sparrow

19

Rough-legged Hawk

 84

Dark-eyed Junco

1

Broad-winged Hawk

 2

Western Meadowlark

4

Merlin

 1

meadowlark sp.

11

American Coot

 8

Red-winged Blackbird

1

Dunlin

 23

Common Grackle

2

Wilson's Snipe

 1

Summer Tanager

1

Bonaparte's Gull

 7

Evening Grosbeak

167

Ring-billed Gull

 5

Purple Finch

400

Herring Gull

 24

Pine Grosbeak

1176

Rock Pigeon

 6

Red Crossbill

3

Mourning Dove

 3

White-winged Crossbill

1

Northern Hawk Owl

 63

Pine Siskin

40

Downy Woodpecker

 151

American Goldfinch

46

Hairy Woodpecker

 67

House Sparrow

14

Pileated Woodpecker

 11,077

Total individuals

2

Northern Shrike

 82

Total species

 

John Woodcock

McKellar Island Bird Observatory

www.facebook.com/mckellar

Tuesday, 5 Nov 2019