Provisional Results 120th Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2019 to January 5, 2020
We will post results here as we receive them. If your count has taken place, we’d be happy to post your results. Please leave the count name, species count, highlight species and any additional information you wish to include in the Leave a Reply box at the bottom of this table.
You will find the dates, locations, and contact information for this season’s counts here.
|100 Mile House||TBA
|Bella Coola||Jan 05|
|Big White||Dec 19
|Bridge Lake||Dec 14|
|Broughton Strait||Dec 28
|Burns Lake-Francois Lake|
|Campbell River||Dec 29
|Castlegar||Dec 21||On December 21st, 15 people participated in Castlegar’s CBC. Despite the rain it turned out to be a fantastic count with 60 species tallied! Thanks to all who participated! Craig Sanvig.|
|Cortes Island||Dec 28|
|Creston Valley||Dec 27|
|Dawson Creek||Jan 04
||The Dawson Creek Christmas Bird Count was held on Jan. 4, 2020. Ten observers ventured out on a mild morning that soon turned quite frigid. Snow cover was variable, but generally light. By the days end, 2861 individual birds of 22 different species had been counted. These totals are slightly below the long term average for both species and individuals. The most plentiful bird was the Common Raven (again). Ravens have been the most common species on nearly half of our Christmas Bird Counts over the years. Some interesting observations on this years count includes a record high tally of Black-capped Chickadees (which will disappoint absolutely no one!) and only the second time ever that Pileated Woodpecker and Northern Pygmy Owl have been tallied on the count. Both species are known to occur in the area, but relatively rare. The biggest ‘miss’ of the day was Bohemian Waxwing. This was the first time in 20 years that no Waxwings were seen during the count. As well, no Eurasian Collared Doves were found on the count this year. This recent arrival to the Peace area has been tallied on 5 of the previous 6 CBC’s. Winter finches were relatively scarce this year, with low numbers of Redpolls and Pine Grosbeaks, and no Crossbills or Evening Grosbeaks. In contrast, Snow Buntings were quite common; likely due to the sparse snow cover and fields of unharvested grain. Thanks to all who participated!
Mark Phinney. Count Compilier.
|Deep Bay||Dec 22
|Duncan||Jan 01||The 50th Duncan CBC went off without a hitch. 105 species were recorded by around 32 field executives and 12 sit at home feeder watchers. The final tabulations have not been completed yet but it appears around 20,000 birds were counted. There were no real rarities encountered, but one new high record appeared to be 8 Western Meadowlarks. It was one of our best days weather wise with temperatures reaching near 15c in the Maple Bay Area. Finch numbers were noticeably low and many commented on hardly any Nuthatches. The roundup was well attended where a wonderful cake donated by Dave Aldcroft to celebrate our 50th count was well received and was scoffed up in no time, it was a shame for the compiler to cut it. If we are to continue with these high temperatures on January 1st we will have to reconsider the food at the after count gathering, we will do away with soup, chilli and sandwiches and have salad , fresh fruit and ice cream. Just a wonderful day enjoyed by all, thanks to all our counters and especially to the roundup ladies who put on a wonderful spread. Derrick Marven|
|Fort St. James||Jan 05||Results for the Fort St.James CBC are tallied. 17 field observers and 16 feeder watchers participated. Result for count day were slow, but observers tallied 34 different species and 1,248 birds. This number is down somewhat from previous years. Only 39 trumpeter swans were counted, although it is likely they and some duck species were spread out along our unfrozen rivers. The 100 snow buntings were a nice addition. Ruffed Grouse numbers were decent at 18. Four American Goldfinches were seen for the first time on this Christmas Bird Count; reflective of their increasing numbers within the central interior. They are now breeding in Fort St. James. Eurasian collared-doves appear to be well-established in Fort St. James now, with 20 observed.
Sincere thanks to all observers who volunteer their time every year. Special thanks to those out-of-town keeners who drive up from Prince George and Vanderhoof to help. It is always appreciated.
|Galiano-North Saltspring||Dec 15
|Grand Forks||Dec 21
|Greater Masset||Dec 27|
|Harrison River||Dec 17|
||The Harrop Balfour CBC was completed Saturday Dec. 15. The species total was 41. Charles Zinkan.|
|Hat Creek||Dec 27|
|Juan de Fuca|
|Kaslo||Dec 30||Thanks to the 13 intrepid CBC counters (4 teams of 3+1), and the team of 2 cross country skiers who worked their way up toward the Bucky Cabin, on this the 19th Kaslo CBC and the 119th North American CBC. Of special note….Harris’s Sparrow which, if confirmed, will be a first…and of significance the Cassin’s Finch and the Saw-whet Owl. Looking at numbers this year compared to past years, we saw lower counts of Canada Goose, Common Loon, Mallard, Grebes, Gulls, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Mountain Chickadee, Kinglets (both), Waxwings (both), Pine Sisken, Pine & Evening Grosbeak, House Finch, Pacific Wren, Red-winged Blackbird and Starlings. We often see over 1000 birds on the CBC so overall numbers are lower this year. Count Day Dec 30th total species = 30 species. Total bird count = 585. Total bird count including count week = 35 species (CW #’s do not add to the total for the official Audubon report. Stu & Anne Heard|
||The Kelowna CBC was a great success today with 109 species tallied. Highlights included a Winter Wren, 3 Bewick’s Wrens, a Say’s Phoebe, a Pacific loon, a Lincoln’s Sparrow, 10 American Pipits, a Hermit Thrush, a Eurasian Wigeon, an Eared Grebe, a Glaucous Gull, 2 Peregrine Falcons, a White-throated Sparrow and lots of owls; Barn, Barred, Great Horned, Northern Saw-whet, Western Screech and Northern Pygmy. 66 people in the field. 19 feeder watchers.|
|Ladner||Dec 21||A mostly dry, but heavily overcast day saw two new birds for the count: the long-staying Black Phoebe showed up on cue at Reifel, and a Wilson’s Warbler was found in Richmond. Other notables were two Spotted Sandpipers at Point Roberts, a Northern Goshawk also at Reifel, and a White-throated Sparrow. Notable misses included Black Scoter. With three and a half areas still to report, the day’s total stood at 128 at the post-count gathering.|
|Lake Country||Dec 16||
|Lake Windermere District||TBA|
|Lardeau||Dec 27||Close to 30 people ranging in age and experience participated in the 23rd Lardeau CBC. The weather was very cooperative and the preliminary species count is 39 which is above our average. There are a few species that will be added for count week. However, the highlight for the count was a Marsh Wren at the Argenta Causeway. Many thanks to all those who participated. Marlene Johnston.|
|Lasqueti Island||Dec 29
|Little R.-Powell R. Ferry||Dec 30|
|Lower Howe Sound||Jan 4|
||Merritt CBC-15 December 2019 (report by Alan Berger) Good weather and lots of open water (Nicola Lake was mostly open) produced a good day for our 21st count. Totals were 66 species (average is 61) and 3,697 birds (average 3644). We had 31 field birders and one feeder watcher. New species to the count were: Cackling Goose (on Nicola Lake -minimum of 5 after much detailed perusal of a clear photo); Virginia Rail-3 heard calling on count day at a reliably ice-free spring and confirmed two days later. Peregrine falcon was seen only for the second time. High counts for the Merritt circle were: Trumpeter Swan (129), Tundra Swan (7), American Wigeon (74), Northern Pintail (17), Am Kestrel (6), Stellar’s Jay (38), Black-capped Chickadee (96), and Brown Creeper (4). The big miss was Pine Siskin-after last year’s record count of 391. A near-miss was Am Robin with only one seen (average is 23). Full results and photos will be posted here: www.nicolanaturalists.ca|
There were 4 groups with a total of 8 people on the count. Total species count was 48. Total number of birds was 1669.
|Nanoose Bay/Lantzville||Dec 20|
||We had 38 observers (5 were feeder watchers) who reported 50 species (which is close to the 14-year average 49.43) of birds on count day and 6 more species during count week.
The weather was a bit windy-gusts up to about 70 mph up on the Whitewater Ski Hill-with early morning snow squalls, rain showers, and some hail in one area! Mainly, it was overcast through most of the count period, but the sun did come out a few times. Temperatures ranged from -3c to +8c; snow levels were from none to 220 cm(at the ski hill, of course!).
Collective distance covered and time spent were: 79 km on foot over 45.06 hours; 93.8km by vehicle over 6.57 hours; and 6.0 km by ski over 5.75 hours.
Our total numbers (2,406) are down by 1,403 from 2018 (3,809), but still much higher than the lowest count that I have records for – 1,136 in 2010. The highest count that I have was in 2014 when we had 3,977 birds counted.
My thanks go out to everyone who has taken the time to count birds for the 120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Every little bit helps track the state of birds in this time of climate upheaveal.
Thanks again, folks! Elaine Moore. Nelson BC.
||30 Observers in 12-16 parties. 85 party hours. Weather: -4 to 1 C, Wind S 0-20 KPH, no precipitation. Osoyoos Lake open, some small pond & oxbows frozen. Snow depth 0-15cm.
Total species: 111. Total individuals: 15,833.
|Parksville-Qualicum Beach||Dec 15
||Prelim totals … 112sp, 5 cw sp, 25,239 individuals. We had a sunny day with 56 birders in the field and 59 at feeders.|
|Pemberton-Mt. Currie||Dec 17|
|Pender Harbour||Dec 18
||18th December Pender Harbour. Rainy day with gale force winds AM. 73 species. Long term average is 79 species. This count on the north end of the Lower Sunshine Coast reflected the Sunshine Coast CBC (Gibsons-Sechelt) held 4 days previously. Very run-of-the-mill with no highlight species but no glaring misses. There were a record high 58 Hooded Mergansers. Tony Greenfield/compiler.|
|Pender Islands (incl. Mayne & Saturna)||Dec 14|
||45 observers in 19 to 24 parties. -2 to 0 C, ponds and oxbows mostly open; snow depth 0-4″, wind south 0-10km, sun and cloud.
Total species: 99. Total individual birds: 21,813.
|Pitt Meadows||Jan 04|
|Port Alberni||Dec 28
|Port Clements||Dec 15
|Powell River||Dec 14
|Prince George||Dec 15||
The roads were decent—most of them had been cleared. The temperature hung around -7°C to -8°C and the sun came out in the afternoon.
We had 49 species which is slightly above the 10 year average of 47 and 7654 total birds which is the third lowest count in the last 10 years. There were no crossbills, no Pine Siskins, very few redpolls or grosbeaks and less than a third of the Bohemian Waxwings that we had last year. However, had we seen the same number of waxwings as last year, this would have been one of the higher CBC counts.
There were a few highlights. Eleven Wood Ducks were a surprise. There had only been two previous records of one and two birds. Bald Eagle numbers continue to increase—145 was another all time high count. A Northern Goshawk and two Red-tailed Hawks were nice finds. A close encounter with an owl was the highlight for some of the participants. Two Barred Owls, 1 Northern Pygmy-Owl and a Northern Hawk Owl were seen. Northern Flickers set another record—127 were seen. I don’t know if we are double counting some, but there sure seemed to be a lot of them. Common Ravens also set another high record—912 were seen. It isn’t a surprise anymore to find some thrushes on the CBC—two robins and a Varied Thrush were spotted this year. Have a look at the table—overall there were decent numbers of the expected species and it was nice to see the Black-capped Chickadee numbers start to increase after two low years.
Thank you to everyone who took part out in the field or by watching their feeders and also to the folks at Spruce City Wildlife for letting us use the Fish Hatchery for the tally this year.
||Revelstoke CBC was a low count this year with only 37 species and a total of 994 individual birds with heaven rain all day. 15 observers took part. Don Manson.|
|Rivers Inlet Mouth||?|
|Rose Spit||Dec 15|
|Salmon Arm||Dec 22|
|Shuswap Lake P.P.||Dec 15
|Sidney-South Saltspring||Dec 15
|Slocan Lake||Dec 28
||The Smithers Christmas Bird Count took place on the relatively mild Sunday, Dec 29, 2019. Twenty different parties, comprising 46 people, were out in the count circle from dawn until dusk. An additional 14 people watched feeders within the circle. In total 49 different species and 4,514 individual birds were counted on the day. During count week (3 days either side of the count day) a Merlin and a Ring-necked Pheasant were also seen within the circle.
The most unusual species seen on count day were a Golden Eagle, a Green-winged Teal and one Fox Sparrow. We have never had a Golden Eagle reported before. In addition, it is always exciting for the participants to see a Hawk Owl and a bird cam recorded the presence of a Saw-whet Owl. The number of Eurasian Collared doves has dropped drastically from the 59 reported last year to 2 this year and we assume hawks have been having a feast.
If anyone saw a bird not listed above either on count day or during count week, please call 250-847-9429. The B.V.Naturalists would like to thank all the bird counters and feeder watchers who participated.
|Sunshine Coast||Dec 14
||14th Dec Sunshine Coast 41st CBC: For the third consecutive year, 88 species, which is below the long-term average (highest 105 species in 2009). Weather was decent but tides were uncooperative so gimmes, Surfbird & Rock Sandpiper, were missed on count day. There were no highlight species but also no glaring misses (other than those above). Red-necked Grebe & Horned Grebe were both present in near record numbers. Black Scoter was represented by a record low single bird. Usually 50-500. Additional 6 species for count-week. Tony Greenfield/compiler.|
||Twenty-two people participated. Nine groups surveyed parts of our count circle and 8 more watched feeders. They found 39 species on count day and 3 more during count week. There was a total of 2581 individual birds.
We had high numbers for Stellers Jay (106), Eurasian Collared Dove (68), Northern Flicker (51), and Pacific Wren (10). We didn’t get many waterfowl probably because we had no access to the Sewage Treatment Plant and no counters living at the lake. We also missed quite a few species (blackbirds, gulls) that were numerous at the refuse sites which are now closed. Only 18 Bald Eagles were spotted, quite a change from the 246 we saw in 2012. Other birds that show up from time to time were completely absent this year (Rock Pigeon, Bohemian Waxwing, Common Redpoll, Crossbills, Owls and Northern Shrike).
Interesting birds: White-throated Sparrow and American Three-toed Woodpecker. Anna’s Hummingbird.
||Jan O4 Update!
A late report of a Snowy Owl, seen and photographed on count day, has been accepted. The species total now stands at 126, and the bird as a highlight.Weather conditions were good, ranging from cloudy with some clear patches in the morning to broken clouds and partly sunny in the afternoon. There was no precipitation, winds were light at 6-9 km/h. and visibility was very good for the coastal portions.The species total stands at 125, surpassing last year’s 121 species. Thanks to all who made this a very successful day!Winter finches and grosbeaks were in short supply with modest numbers of Pine Siskins and no Common Redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks or Evening Grosbeaks reported. Red Crossbills were reported from only one area. Tides were high throughout the day thus little or no sandy shore or mudflats were exposed, accounting for low numbers of Dunlin (1 from Iona!) and the lack of Black-bellied Plover and Sanderling.Some highlights:Sooty Grouse -1
Herring Gull – 8
Marbled Murrelet – 11
Black Turnstone – 2
Mourning Dove – 6
Great Horned Owl – 1
Sandhill Crane- 4
Spotted Sandpiper – 1
Townsend’s Solitaire – 1
Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
Townsend’s Warbler – 2
White-throated Sparrow – 2
|Vaseux Lake||Dec 21
||17 Observers in 9 to 12 parties; 52-25 party hours. Wind calm; 3 to 5 C; cloudy, wind variable, 0-15 Kph, light rain in afternoon; 0-5″ of snow on ground. Vaseux Lake open.
Species: 83. Individual birds: 7422
|Vernon||Dec 15||Vernon: 15 Dec 2019. 96 Species. The “Bird of the Count” were 2 American Three-toed Woodpeckers, which are of course resident in the mountains but very seldom seen on counts.
||Despite (mostly) decent weather and an incredible team of counters, the Victoria Christmas Bird Count may have had its lowest species count since 2007. The total was 135.
Highlights include the CBC’s fifth ever Red-throated Pipit, at least according to the historical information on the Audubon site. Other species of note include Rusty Blackbird, American Tree Sparrow (in two locations) and Palm Warbler.
Misses among our regulars include Brant, Ring-necked Pheasant, Sanderling, Barn Owl, Western Screech Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Sky Lark and Evening Grosbeak.
Perhaps most shocking was the number of zones that reported missing Canada Goose!
Thanks to everyone who got out yesterday to participate, many of whom are up again to do the Sidney/South Salt Spring count this morning! Much appreciation to the zone leaders, who make one of the largest teams of field counters possible. (BTW, Victoria had the highest number of field counters for the CBC last year with 285. I suspect that this year’s numbers may be a bit lower.
|Wells & Bowron Lakes||Dec 27|
|White Rock||Dec 28||After last year’s absolute soaker of a count, 2019 presented counters with a dry, but overcast day with the rain holding off until the very late afternoon. Highlights included the 1000’s of gulls feasting on anchovies schooling off White Rock Pier; a Common Yellowthroat at Mud Bay; a White-throated Sparrow, and a Gyr Falcon at Serpentine Fen. The post-count total was 124 species with some areas still to report.|
|Williams Lake||Dec 15|
|Yoho National Park||Dec 14|
Updated January 13, 2020.