Iowa Christmas Bird Count volunteers count 5,800 birds near Westfield

Posted January 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Ten volunteers counted 43 species of birds during the local Iowa Christmas Bird Count Dec. 29, 2012, at The Nature Conservancy near Westfield.

Of the 5,857 birds counted, the top five species were 1,916 Canada Geese, 837 Horned Larks, 626 American Tree Sparrows, 564 Snow Buntings and 415 Common Redpolls, according to information from Scott Moats.

In addition, there were 362 House Sparrows, 339 Dark-eyed Juncos and 107 Red-winged Blackbirds sighted.

Those species with numbers less than 100 birds were as follows:

• European Starlings, 90;

• Rock Doves, 90;

• Northern Cardinals, 52;

• Wild Turkey, 52;

• Eurasian Collared Doves, 43;

• American Crows, 36;

• American Goldfinches, 36;

• Black-capped Chickadees, 36;

• Lapland Longspurs, 30;

• Mourning Doves, 29;

• Red-tailed Hawks, 28;

• Blue Jays, 23;

• Downy Woodpeckers, 21;

• Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 15;

• Ring-necked Pheasants, 14;

• Mallards, 12;

• Rough-legged Hawks, 12;

• White-breasted Nuthatches, 12;

• Bald Eagles, 10;

• Hairy Woodpeckers, 8;

• Common Goldeneyes, 7;

• Snow Geese, 6;

• Eastern Screech-Owls, 4;

• Northern Shrikes (S), 4;

• Pine Siskins, 4;

• American Kestrels, 3;

• Great Horned Owls, 3;

• Black-billed Magpies, 2;

• House Finches, 2;

• Northern Flickers, 2;

• Purple Finches, 2;

• Rusty Blackbirds, 2;

• Common Grackle, 1;

• Eastern Bluebird, 1; and

• Song Sparrow, 1.

The 10 birders walked 4 miles and drove 321.5 miles in weather temperatures ranging from -4 degrees to 16 degrees on a windless day.

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