Christmas Bird Count results
DOVER-FOXCROFT — The 118th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (known as the 2017 Christmas Bird Count) was held in the area on Dec. 20. It was cloudy in the morning, and mostly cloudy in the afternoon. There were occasional snow flurries. The snow cover was 100 percent, ranging from three to six inches. The water on rivers and streams was mostly frozen. The temperature ranged from 19 degrees to the lower 30s. The wild food crop was good.
Reported by the observers in the field and at the feeders: Mallard 7, Bald Eagle 18, Ruffed Grouse 1, Wild Turkey 34; Mourning Doves 87, Rock Pigeon 190, Barred Owl 1, Downy Woodpecker 7, Hairy Woodpecker 11, Blue Jay 43, Common Raven 15, American Crow 78, Black-Capped Chickadee 122, Red-breasted Nuthatch 7, White-breasted Nuthatch 14, Brown Creeper 1, Golden Crowned Kinglet 7, American Robin 1, Grey Catbird 1, European Starling 190, American Tree Sparrow 4, Dark-eyed Junco 79, Snow Bunting 39, American Goldfinch 254 and House Sparrow 13.
That is 25 species.
Observers in the field were Kate Weatherby and Bob O’Connell. Our feeder watcher was Eileen Hall.
A note to persons in the Dover-Foxcroft area with bird feeders, you can be very important to the Christmas Bird Count by just observing your active feeder from your window. You’ll note we don’t have any cardinals listed this year. Cardinals are frequently observed by feeder watchers because cardinals and other species are frequenters of feeders, and may not be seen in the field. So, next year, when you see the notice for the Christmas Bird Count in the paper, please call the number listed at the time and volunteer. We will also need field observers for the Christmas 2018 Bird count. We are down to two faithful observers. We thank them and our one feeder watcher.