2017 Mid-Winter Count

The 2017 Carroll County Bird Club Mid-Winter Count was conducted on Saturday, February 21. The weather was less than cooperative. Temperatures were in the 40s, however, it was very overcast and misty in many locations. It would be tempting to look at this as the cause for our only being able to list 80 different species. In fact, this was higher than 77 in 2016 and 79 in 2015. Still, it was a far cry from our best recent year (2013) when we recorded 90 species.

For the first time in many years, we were unable to find any Red-headed Woodpeckers. All of the other woodpecker species predicted for this time of year, however, were counted. The total number of Pileated Woodpeckers was quite high.
The ponds and lakes were not frozen, so we did well on ducks. There were 11 species, including Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, and Wood Duck.

We also had a nice variety of raptors. Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and American Kestrel were all represented. Dave and Maureen even managed to find a Merlin. For the first time that I can remember, the number of Red-shouldered Hawks exceeded that of Red-tailed Hawks. Owl species included Barred, Great Horned, and Screech.

Both Kinglet species were listed. Red-breasted Nuthatches were also recorded from a number of locations. Three Eastern Phoebes were spotted and had to be listed as write-ins as were three Common Grackles. A Common Yellowthroat in the wetlands along Brown Road was another bonus.

In all 30 observers in 16 parties traveled 37.5 miles on foot and 352.1 miles in cars.
Thanks to all those who counted!
Now for the 20 most numerous species:
European Starling 3669
Canada Goose 2945
White-throated Sparrow 626

American Crow 535
Dark-eyed Junco 423
Northern Cardinal 354
Carolina Chickadee 312
Rock Pigeon 293
Mourning Dove 289
House Sparrow 271
Cedar Waxwing 236
Common Merganser 218
House Finch 214
American Robin 208
Tufted Titmouse 168
Song Sparrow 164
Mallard 162
American Goldfinch 151
Carolina Wren 146
Blue Jay 137

Carroll County Chapter of Maryland Ornithological Society

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