2014 Mid-Winter Count

The 2014 Mid-Winter Carroll County Bird Count was held on January 18th. In many places that morning, there was a light dusting of snow on the ground. Temperatures hung in the mid- to upper 20s for most of the day. However, this did not keep our 11 parties (26 individuals) from logging in 477.5 miles by vehicle and 35.2 miles on foot. Thanks to all who counted!

The tally rally was held at Amy’s house. As always, Amy made sure that everyone was well-received and well-fed. Thanks Amy!

15602 individuals belonging to 84 different species were recorded. Write-ins included Short-eared Owl, Greenwinged Teal, American Pipit, Greater White-fronted Goose, Northern Pintail, and Common Grackle.

The top twenty species in terms of numbers included:

Canada Goose 5050
European Starling 2716
American Crow 1909
Dark-eyed Junco 510
White-throated Sparrow 504
Ring-billed Gull 445
Rock Pigeon 394
Northern Cardinal 290
Mallard 263
Carolina Chickadee 236
Horned Lark 218
Common Merganser 210
House Sparrow 201
Song Sparrow 187
Mourning Dove 158
Turkey Vulture 151
Eastern Bluebird 151
Tufted Titmouse 150
American Robin 149
American Goldfinch 114

Our next count will be on May 10th. Please mark you calendars and try to participate. The Tally Rally is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm. It will be hosted by Susan Bollinger at her home on Bachman Valley Road. RSVP to Susan (410-848-2050) if you will be attending. She can also give you directions. Please plan on bringing a cash donation ($5) or a food item.

 

2014 mid-winter count
Dave Harvey and Noah Swank make their way over a light covering of snow to the lake at Piney Run. Noah is wearing a special camouflage hat to help him blend in with the forest creatures. Dave and Maureen Harvey, Noah, and his mother, Colleen, counted there.

 

 

Carroll County Chapter of Maryland Ornithological Society

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