117th CBC Results – as we receive them

Provisional Results 117th Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2016 to January 5, 2017

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Provisional Results

100 Mile House Dec  28
A hardy four turned out in moderate conditions of -15 to -5°C, light winds, partial cloud, and a snow cover about 15cm.  21 species were observed. During count week an additional 7 species were added.  The only odd result was one lonely House Sparrow.  The numbers appear to be dropping over the past several years. The large number of Collared Doves, for a second year, seems likely due to a certain well stocked feeder.  No water fowl due to the complete freezing of streams and ponds after very cold days.
Abbotsford-Mission Dec  30 The count was done on a pleasant, mostly sunny day with above freezing temperatures, though snow lingered on the ground with most lakes and ponds frozen over.  55 observers reported 93 species with a total of 28,813 individual birds tallied.  Perhaps most notable, no real rarities were reported this year.  On the positive side, Bohemian Waxwings were seen.
Apex-Hedley Dec 15 Total species at 37 was the lowest by 7 species of the 14 years of the count.  A diminishing number of counters may put this count in jeopardy.  Temperatures were -18 to -13°C with calm winds on Apex-Nickel Plate Rd. but SW 20-30 kph along Highway 3.  Wild Turkey & Western Bluebird were new for the count.  High numbers for Black-billed Magpie & Dark-eyed Junco were recorded.  Common Raven, American Dipper, & House Finch showed in low numbers.
Armstrong/
Enderby
Jan  02
The count was held with a low of -22 and high of -8°C, a challenging day for both birds and counters. Open water was a challenge to find, with the most productive spot being the sewage ponds in Armstrong. The 56 species was the lowest total of the three years. Many thanks to the group of 12 hardy counters.  There was one new species for the count circle,  Ring-necked Duck, and a new race, Integrade Northern Flicker. Other highlights were American Wigeon, Brown Creeper, Townsend’s Solitaire, White-crowned & White-throated Sparrow, Evening Grosbeak and 3 Cassin’s Finch in two different locations.
Ashcroft
Cache Creek
Dec 21
 The day was cloudy with a temperature range of -6 to +3. Eight field observers tallied 40 species. Highlights were Great Blue Heron, American Kestrel, and Vesper Sparrow. Count highs were experienced for Mallard, Chukar, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-capped Chickadee, and Spotted Towhee. Count lows were recorded for American Crow, Raven, Brewer’s Blackbird and Pine Siskin.
Atlin
Dec  30
Count day was about -3°C, with south winds of about 0-30km/h. There were 14 observers, about 22 species and about 200 individual birds. Highlights included Trumpter Swans, Goldeneyes, Great- horned Owl, Bald Eagle and a Townsend’s Solitare. Count week also had an American Robin.
Bamfield
Bella Coola Dec  18 20 enthusiastic birders headed out into the field for  Bella Coola’s  fourth official CBC.  The morning brought a significant change in weather.  A complete shift from our so blue sky and frigid outflow wind to a low cloud blanket, moisture laden air and a skiff of snow. Snow accumulation was minimal and the warmer air made being outside much more pleasant.  The Bella Coola river was still lined with ice and slushy bergs floating.  Highlights were pair of Wilson’s Snipes, a flock of 60 Scoters (various). Red-winged Blackbirds, and Barred Owls.
Big White Dec  29
The Big White CBC was held under breezy conditions with some flurries, but overall temperatures were fairly mild. 13 observers were out in the field traveling on foot, by car, snow shoe, x-c ski and downhill skiing and we tallied 30 species as a group. No firsts for the count this year but the following species tallied all-time high counts; Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee and Red Crossbill.
Bridesville Jan  04
Unfortunately the Bridesville CBC could not be run this year. We normally have just enough people to cover the area but due to the flu bug going around we only had people to cover 3 of the 5 areas so the count had to be cancelled.
Bridge Lake Dec 17 The count was held under cloudy skies with heavy snow. Temperatures ranged from -19 to -13°C.  14 observers reported 20 species with a total of 148 individual birds. Highlights included Great Gray Owl, Northern Shrike and Boreal Chickadee.  There were 2 count week birds one of which was an American Three-toed Woodpecker.
Broughton Strait Dec 14
The count was held under clear skies. Temperatures ranged from -4 to -1°C.  11 observers reported 58 species with a total of 4,873 individual birds. Highlights included American Dipper and Hermit Thrush.
Burns Lake-Francois Lake
Cache Creek
Campbell River Jan 02
The weather was unusually cold with temperatures ranging from -6° to +3°C with the skies clouding over at days end. 37 field observers and 2 feeder watchers tallied 96 species from 10,482 individual birds. Highlight specie was a Yellow-rumped Warbler a count first. Count highs were established for Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Anna’s Hummingbird, and Spotted Towhee.
Castlegar Jan 02 The count took place under clear skies with a temperature range of -16 to -7°C.  19 observers reported 46 species with total individuals of 3,247.  Highlights included Greater Scaup, Belted Kingfisher. and Northern Shrike.
Cawston
Chilliwack Dec 17
Temperatures were -7° to -4°C with light winds and cloud most of the day.  Snow cover was 1 cm on windswept sites to 1m in drifts with most areas having 30-40 cm.  30 counters and 5 feeder watchers tallied 97 species and 26,791 individual birds.  This year 5 species broke high record numbers for individuals: Wilson’s Snipe (30), Red-breasted Sapsuckers (24), Barrow’s Golden-eye (118), and Chipping Sparrows (4).  Count lows were experienced for Pileated Woodpecker, and Rock Pigeon. Three owl species were found on count day plus two on count week: Barn Owl, Barred Owl and Snowy Owl on count day. Found count week were Great Horned Owl and Long-eared Owl.  Highlight species were American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Harris’ Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow.
Comox Dec 22 The count was held under clear and cool conditions.  41 observers reported 108 species with a total of 25,805 individual birds tallied.  The major highlight was a female/juvenile Red-flanked Bluetail (confirmed December 29 and seen by multiple observers since). Other notables were Snow Goose, Canvasback , Ruddy Duck, Glaucous Gull, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
Cortes Island Dec 17 The count was held under clear skies changing to partly cloudy in the afternoon. Temperatures ranged from -3 to 0°C.  40 observers reported 72 species with a total of 3,497 individual birds. Highlights included Trumpeter Swan, American Coot and a high count of 29 Red-breasted Sapsucker.
Cranbrook Dec 28 There were 15 field observers and 10 feeder watchers.  Temperatures were chilly starting at -8°C.  Snow depth was up to a couple of feet but roads were clear.  A first for the count was Northern Shoveler.  We had a count high for Mallards with 434.  The average was 176.  Bald Eagle numbers were up a bit.  Two Red-tail’s and a Cooper’s showed but we dipped on Rough-legged. Single, requisite Pygmy-Owl and Merlin were compiled.  Downy, Hairy, & Pileated Woodpeckers showed good numbers along with Northern Flickers.  Our three jays, Gray, Steller’s, & Blue were close to their averages.  Seven Blue Jays compared to the all-time high of 25.  Clark’s Nutcrackers at 3 were down from an average of 18.  Raven and Crow (American) numbers did a total flip! We usually get twice as many Ravens as Crows but this year we got 293 Crows and only 188 Ravens!  No Chestnut-backed compared to 6 two years ago.  One surprise Pygmy Nuthatch was ticked at a feeder during count week.  Bohemian Waxwings showed in low numbers at 500 for a usual average of 900.  It was an ‘off’ year for ‘winter finches’ – Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Common Redpoll, and Pine Siskin.  Evening Grosbeak were missed completely.  For a complete list go to http://www.rockymountainnaturalists.org/christmas-bird-count-117.html
Creston Valley Dec 27 Count day temperature was -1 to +2°C with winds 1-10 kph.  We experienced heavy snow in the morning stopping around 2:00 in the afternoon.  Snow cover was 5 to 18 inches, still water frozen & running water open. 45 field observers and 36 feeder watchers tallied 11,367 individual birds comprised of 67 species.  Highlights were a Golden Eagle, Killdeer & 2 Townsend’s Solitaire.  Most numerous species was Canada Goose at 4,552 and a count high for Varied Thrush at 31.
D’Arcy-Birken Dec 16 The count was held under clear skies. 7 observers reported 44 species with a total of 415 individual birds.  Sparrow species were sparse in number except for Dark-eyed Junco.  Good numbers of Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, American Dipper, and Red-breasted Nuthatch were counted.  Pine Grosbeak, Purple Finch, and Pine Siskin numbers were on the low side.
Dawson Creek Jan 02
The Count was held under mainly overcast skies (clearing slightly in the afternoon) and a few inches of newly fallen snow. Temperatures ranged from -8 to -21°C, falling quickly in the late afternoon.  Total individual birds of 2,860 was slightly below the long-term average, while bird species, 25 was slightly above average.  The most abundant bird, Common Raven, accounted for more than half of the total birds seen.  A total of 1,616 ravens is the second-highest for the species recorded for the count.  Other notable sightings included two Rough-legged Hawks, a Northern Hawk-Owl (only the 3rd time) and a lone Dark-eyed Junco.  Equally notable was the very low numbers of ‘winter finches’.  No crossbills and only a few grosbeaks were tallied. This year’s total for Common Redpoll was 53; last year over 1000 were counted.
Deep Bay Dec 14 The count was held under cold and partly cloudy conditions.  60 reported 95 species with a total of 12,099 individual birds tallied.  Highlight was an Eared Grebe.
Duncan Jan 01 It was very cold with clouds all day, but no precipitation.  112 species were counted with 6 additional species for count week. 20,463 individuals, down about 20% from our average. 37 counters in the field and 11 feeder watchers.  First for the count Bohemian Waxwing and several other very good birds: Golden Eagle,Northern Mockingbird, Palm Warbler, American Tree Sparrow
Edgewood Dec 28 Count day temperature was 1.0°C with winds E 8km/h.  5 observers tallied 108 individual birds comprised of 16 species.  Highlights were Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Pygmy-Owl.
Fauquier Dec 29 Count day temperature was -0 to 8°C with winds E 8km/h.  8 field observers and 3 feeder watchers tallied 386 individual birds comprised of 22 species.  Highlights were a Northern Pygmy-Owl & 2 Northern Shrike.
Fernie Dec 15 The count was held under cloudy skies with light snow.  Temperatures ranged from -23.1 to -10.0°C.  15 observers reported 45 species with a total of 2,673 individual birds. Highlights included Green-winged Teal and Virginia Rail.  A count high was recorded for Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Low counts were experienced for eight species including Northern Shrike, Gray Jay, and Pine Grosbeak.
Galiano-North Saltspring Dec 18
It was a cloudy day with light snow in the morning. Temperatures ranged from -7 to +2.2°C. 115 participants observed 87 species. A few highlights were Spotted Sandpiper, Townsend’s Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, and White-throated Sparrow.
Golden Dec 27 The weather started out with morning temperatures of -8 up to -5°C in the afternoon.  The morning had light snow flurries, continued overcast changing to good light, mixed sun & cloud, with calm winds.  Snow depth varied throughout the count circle: 20 cm lower elevations, to 50 cm at higher elevations.  Still water frozen, around 20% of moving water remained open, on the main channel of the Columbia River, Kicking Horse frozen.  There were 23 participants in the field and 6 feeder watchers.  We tallied 2,158 individual birds comprised of 34 species.  Noteworthy was a Great Grey Owl.  Eurasian Collared Doves were a special sighting.  Record highs were also tallied for Rock pigeons, American Crow, and Black-capped Chickadee.
Grand Forks Dec 17
The day dawned under clear cold skies with temperatures from -13 to -5°C. The day finished under partly cloudy skies with 18 participants recording 65 species. Notable were American Kestrel, Clark’s Nutcracker, and Bewick’s Wren.
Greater Masset Dec 27 The count was held under cloudy skies with light rain in the morning followed by heavy snow in the afternoon. 84 species were observed by 15 participants. Species of note were Northern Goshawk, Virginia Rail, Rock Sandpiper, and Wilson’s Warbler.  Count highs were tallied for Black Turnstone, Northern Flicker, American Robin, and White-crowned Sparrow. New lows for the count were experienced for Horned Grebe and Red Crossbill.
Harrison River Dec 14 The count was held under cloudy skies. Temperatures ranged from -7 to -2°C.  14 observers reported 73 species with a total of 4,830 individual birds. Highlights included Golden Eagle, American Pipit, Cassin’s Finch, and Common Redpoll.  Count highs were recorded for Wilson’s Snipe, Anna’s Hummingbird, and Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Low counts were experienced for Greater & Lesser Scaup, Red-tailed Hawk, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
Harrop–Balfour Dec 17
The count was held on a cold, -12 to -9°C, but sunny day with some blustery winds near the water.  10 field observers and 1 feeder watcher reported 36 species with a total of 939 individual birds. Count highlight were 4 Wood Ducks.  A count high was registered for Greater Scaup and count lows for Red-necked Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Bohemian Waxwing, and House Finch.
Hat Creek Dec 28 Weather conditions were optimal with little to no wind.  A comfortable -10°C warming up to freezing and sunny all day.  Letharia Hills had 30 – 40 cm of snow.   Above 900 m and essentially no open water, though the single Mallard drake and 2 dippers spotted by Hat Creek.  Total species was a respectable 26 with 497 individual birds with an additional species for count week.  This number is right on the 12-year average of 25 species (range 18-31).  Highlights: Bald Eagle, Gray Jay; American Dipper; Rough-legged Hawk; White-breasted Nuthatch; and Short-eared Owl.  All in all a fabulous day.  Some notable absences: Pine Grosbeaks; Pine Siskins; and Common Redpolls.  By contrast, we had a historic count high for  Mountain Chickadee at 97.
Hecate Strait Jan 03 The count took place under clear skies.  Temperature was -1°C, the sea developed a chop.  Dressed for the cold we stayed on deck all day.  It was such a pleasure.  It is usually too stormy and wet to linger long outside.  The ferry sailed through clouds of Surf Scoters (1,160), White-winged Scoters (165), Long-tailed Ducks (603), Common Murres (3,228), and over 2,000 Glaucous-winged Gulls.  Also, lots of loons; Yellow-billed (4), Common (24), Pacific (241) along with Pigeon Guillemots (54), and Ancient Murrelets (102).  Missing were shearwaters and fulmars.  Not birds but very interesting were dolphins in Edye Pass and Hump-backed Whales.  Our species count was 30.
Juan de Fuca
Kamloops Dec 17
Despite the cool weather, -18C up -13°C, it was a good average species count. Cassin’s Finch are not encountered very frequently, but otherwise, all the other species are to be expected on an annual basis. Chukar numbers were good, Bald Eagle numbers up about 33% over last year, Red-tailed Hawks up about 300%, Ring-billed Gulls down due to icing & cold weather, Collared Doves remained up, Robins down significantly over last year as were Starlings.  Bohemian Waxwings were more than double in number over 2015 but they are notably variable. A few other passerine species were slightly down in numbers. The total individuals were down by about 12%, accounted largely by relatively low count for Starlings.  Considering the extreme weather before the count, many species seemed present in about normal numbers and variety. Kudos to the birders who stayed out in the cold weather.
Kaslo Dec 30 The count took place under clear morning skies ending with afternoon partly cloudy conditions and light snow.  Temperatures ranged from -2.0 to +1.0°C.  12 observers reported 35 species with total individuals of 822.  Highlights included  American Coot and an Anna’s Hummingbird.  A high count of 31 Cedar Waxwing  was recorded.
Kelowna Dec 17
Total species: 98; Total individual birds: 22,234; Field observers: 52; Feeder-watcher phone-ins: 8; Maximum snow depth: 35 cm; Minimum snow depth; 1 cm; Maximum temperature: – 8°C; Minimum temperature: -22°C.  Notable were Turkey Vulture, Anna’s Hummingbird, Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler, American Tree & White-throated Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Kimberley Jan 04 The count took place under clear skies with a temperature range of -32 to -18°C.  15 observers reported 42 species with total individuals of 1,390.  Highlights included Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Northern Pygmy-Owl, and Northern Shrike.
Kingfisher Dec 18 The count was held with a temperature of -8°C.  13 observers reported 22 species with a total of 394 individual birds. Highlights included Ruffed Grouse, Northern Pygmy-Owl and Barred Owl.
Kitimat Dec 17 The weather was very, very cold and still water was 100% frozen, most of the creeks were frozen solid and the river was 80% frozen over.  Visibility was good on the day of the count, but very cold.  There were 10 field observers and 9 feeder watchers.  Total species seen were 53 on count day and 3 more for count week.  Total number of individuals counted was 4,185.  Highest number of bird species counted–Canada goose-1,400, followed by 800 Mallards.  Highlights were 8 Killdeer and 2 Northern Shrike.  Count week saw an American Kestrel and a Bohemian waxwing.
Ladner Dec 27 Provisional total at post-count, 130 species.  Key areas yet to report. Highlights so far : Black-headed Gull and Harris’s Sparrow.
Count now 135 as of Dec 30, with areas still to report.
Lake Country Dec 14

Weather was a typical valley cloud inversion and fairly cold, -23°C when owling at 6 AM but for most of the day it was in the -10°C range.  8,462 birds of 89 species were tallied.  Most abundant species was Bohemian Waxwing at 1,087.  Second was Canada Goose with 965, followed by European Starling at 778.  Highlight birds were 2 Anna’s Hummingbirds, a very late Swainson’s Thrush, a Bewick’s Wren, and the usual spate of high elevation specialists e.g. Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Last year Eurasian Collared-Doves, 84, completely outnumbered Mourning Doves 7.  This year that evened out at 58 and 50 respectively.

Lake Windermere District Dec 26 Under cloudy skies and a temperature range of -10 to -6°C fifteen participants tallied 35 species with the highlight being a Blue Jay.
Langara Island
Lardeau
Lasqueti Island Dec 30
The count was held under partly cloudy skies with temperatures ranging from 4° to 6°C.  Unfortunately, stiff northwest winds meant our usual boating teams couldn’t stray to far from sheltered water. 35 observers reported 60 species with a total of 4,022 individual birds. Highlights included an American Dipper, only the second in count history. Other notables were Eurasian Wigeon, Barred Owl, Hutton’s Vireo, and an unusual 6 Virginia Rail. Missed on this year’s count were swans, Bewick’s Wren, Hair Woodpecker and Hermit Thrush.
Lillooet Dec 27 The count was held under partly clear skies changing to clouds.  Light snow in the morning changing to heavy snow.  Temperatures ranged of  -5 to 1.7°C.  34 observers reported 64 species with a total of 2,014 individual birds. Highlights included Ruffed Grouse, Wilson’s Snipe, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Gray Jay, Marsh Wren, American Tree and White-throated Sparrow.
Little R.-Powell R. Ferry Dec 30 The count was held under clear but cold conditions.  9 observers reported 17 species with a total of 592 individual birds tallied. The count was generally within the long-term average but gulls were notably low likely because there are still lots of salmon carcasses in the rivers.
Logan Lake Dec 20
The count was held under partly cloudy with light snow in the morning.  Temperatures ranged of  -5 to -2.5°C.  4 observers reported 22 species with a total of 390 individual birds. Highlights included Northern Shrike, and a high count for American Goldfinch of 35.
Lower Howe Sound
Mackenzie
McBride Dec 18 3 of us searched field and forest on a blustery day.  Highlights tallied were Northern Shrike, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, and Eurasian-collared Doves that have moved into the valley.  Our species count, with help from the feeder watchers, came in at 20.
Merritt Dec 18
The count was held in good but cold weather.  We had a record number of field participants at 36. The tally for individual birds was 7,026 with a species high count of 71 compared to an average of 61.  Three  additional species were added in count week. Our highlight bird was undoubtedly a male Lesser Goldfinch.  The exceptionally high number of birds was due largely to a huge influx of Bohemian Waxwings (2,009 with one flock reliably estimated at 1,500 birds), high numbers of European Starling (more than double the average) and American Coot.  Most raptors had record high counts also.  For photos and full species data go to
http://www.nicolanaturalists.ca/2016/12/22/merritt-christmas-bird-count-december-2016/
Naden Harbour
Nakusp Jan 02

The count was held under partly cloudy skies in the morning with clearing in the afternoon. Temperatures ranged from -15 to -9°C.  8 observers reported 34 species with a total of 814 individual birds.  An additional 5 species were added in count week. Highlights included Northern Pygmy-Owl, and Brown Creeper.  A count high was recorded for Varied Thrush with a low count for Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

Nanaimo Dec 30

The count was held under cold conditions, with sunny skies and moderate winds.  A record 98 observers participated plus 7 feeder watchers. In total, 117 species were observed with an additional 9 species during “count week”. Highlights included an Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler and Northern Pygmy Owl.

Nanoose Bay/Lantzville Dec 16 The overall tally was 10,686 birds of 101 species with an additional 5 species added during Count Week.  Count Day was sunny with cloudy periods & no precipitation.  Roads were mostly icy with snow to 5cm and up to 35cm on inland logging roads with temp. -7 before sunrise up to +2°C. Very little wind and inland water mostly iced over.  Individual bird numbers were very low but the species count was above average.  Thirty field counters and 17 feeder watchers contributed their sightings.  Highlight species were a Snow Goose, Wood Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Ruffed Grouse, Clark’s Grebe, Northern Harrier, Northern Shrike, Hutton’s Vireo, Marsh Wren, Townsend’s Solitaires, Cedar Waxwings, American Goldfinches, and a super highlight Swamp Sparrow.  Count week brought another rarity, a Turkey Vulture.  The key low count was Northwestern Crow no longer roosting on the islands and flocking to the mainland.  Owling conditions were excellent but with Great-horned Owl a big miss.  High counts for American Wigeon.  It was also a good year for thrushes, especially American Robin & Varied Thrush.  We had another all-time high count for Anna’s Hummingbird of 124.
Narcosli Dec 17 It was a very cold day and the first few hours were very tough on the West side.  The species count was below average at 30 species (average for 2012 to 2015 is 36 species). We did also have 6 count week species.  Only one Common Redpoll was tallied.  Wilson’s Snipe was found for the 3rd year running!  Other notables were Killdeer, Golden Eagle, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Brewer’s Blackbird.
Nelson Dec 31 The count was held under partly cloudy skies in the morning but clouding over in the afternoon.  Temperatures ranged from -11 to -5°C.  27 field observers and 8 feederwatchers reported 52 species with a total of 2,135 individual birds. A count first was a Northern Harrier. Another notable was White-throated Sparrow (2).  Count highs were recorded for Downy Woodpecker and Varied Thrush.
Oliver-Osoyoos Dec 31  33 observers took part comprised of 12 parties plus 4 feeder watchers. Weather was cold (-4 to -16.3°C), wind-N 2-11 kph, no precipitation.  Osoyoos Lake was partly frozen, still water frozen, with the Okanagan River open. Snow depth 0-35 cm.  We found 17,720 birds of 100 species plus 5 count week species.  Highlights included; Snow Goose, Wood Duck, Thayer’s Gull, Black-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Fox Sparrow. Other notables were low numbers of American Wigeon (lowest since 2003), Redhead (2004), Bufflehead (2006), Horned Grebe (1997), Rock Pigeon (1999), Northern Shrike (1979), Mountain Chickadee second lowest ever. Missed entirely were Belted Kingfisher (5th time), Ring-billed Gull  (1996), House Finch-481, average is 1,106.  High counts were experienced for Red-breasted Merganser (second highest), Western Bluebird (second highest), and Rough-legged Hawk a new record high at 19.  Our  100 species was the lowest since 1999 and 17,720 birds was the lowest since 2000.
Parksville-Qualicum Beach Dec 18
We had 46 birders in the field.  It rained overnight and light snow was observed am and pm in parts of the Count Circle, mostly overcast with rain starting late afternoon. Bitterly cold strong winds along the shoreline were the worst I have seen over many years.  We managed a count of 112 species and about 28,000 individuals.  Of note: Snow Geese, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Red-throated Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Greater Yellowlegs, Surfbird, Sanderling, Wilson’s Snipe, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Ancient Murrelet, Rhinocerous Auklet, Great Horned, Barred & N Saw-whet Owls.  Over 100 Anna’s Hummingbirds with more to come from Feeder Count.  Also Marsh Wren, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Western Meadowlark and a high count for 1386 Brewer’s Blackbirds !  Very few finches.
Peachland Dec 27 Twelve observers tallied 60 species and 2,454 individual birds.  These totals are below average but species total has always been in the 60s. Conditions were quite good overall with temperatures ranging from -6°C to 1°C.  It was mostly overcast without precipitation with high winds along the lakeshore.  Snow depth was between 5 and 25 cm.  Highlights were a Barred Owl, 5 Western Grebe, 2 Canvasback and 2 Hooded Merganser, all new for the count. Other notables include Canyon Wren, Evening Grosbeak and 20 Bald Eagles. Big misses were Glaucous-winged Gull and Belted Kingfisher.
Pemberton-Mt. Currie Dec 15 Our count day was in the middle of a sever cold snap with night temp. of -20 and day temp. between -12 and -15°C. It didn’t depress the species number, but the birds were fewer. The bird of the day was a Barn Owl, which is not even on the Pemberton list. We just had one count week specie,Western Meadowlark. We had 60 species on count day , 1 cw, with 1,752 individuals.
Pender Harbour Dec 21
Preceding weather was frigid & snowy. On Count Day the sky was mainly overcast, with calm conditions on land, but a gusty SE wind on the Strait & choppy seas. Daytime temps reached 6.5°C.  Ground was snow covered. There were 20 participants in 7 parties, 3 of these on boats, plus feeder watchers.  Count Day: 76 species. The 20-year average for this count is 79. No new species were added.  Highlights were no notable birds recorded. Away from the immediate sea-level on the warmer S & W facing slopes birds were extremely scarce as they sought refuge from the cold and snowy conditions of the preceding days.  Eurasian Collared-Dove was recorded for the 2nd time on the count as it invades Pender Harbour from the lower Sunshine Coast where it is fairly common.
Pender Islands (incl. Mayne & Saturna) Dec 17 The count was held under overcast skies and below freezing temperatures. A record number of species, 103,  was recorded.  Record high numbers were noted for a dozen species including 5 species of woodpecker, Surf Scoter and Double-crested Cormorant. In addition 11 species not normally seen on the count were noted including Barn and Saw Whet Owls, Dipper, Virginia Rail and Solitaires, Evening and Pine Grosbeaks.  All told, an unexpected high count.
Penticton Dec 18
The Penticton CBC was held under rather chilly and very windy conditions (-11 to -6°C, wind south 30-53 kph). 42 observers in 18 parties reported 96 species. Highlights included a Wild Turkey and an Anna’s Hummingbird. Other notables were a Peregrine Falcon, 2 Harlan’s (Red-tailed) Hawks, 5 Dusky Grouse, and 3 Audubon’s Warblers. Over 200 Western Bluebirds were seen.
Pitt Meadows Dec 17 It was a cold day with a low of -7 and a high of -4°C with still waters frozen and moving water partially frozen in some cases.  103 field observers and 12 feeder watchers tallied 107 species from 23,530 individual birds. Highlights were the over wintering Prairie Falcon and Gyrfalcon.  Other notables were Bohemian Waxwing, Townsend’s Solitaire, Long-eared Owl, and Brown-headed Cowbird.  Count highs were recorded for Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Killdeer, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pacific Wren, Bohemian Waxwing, and Spotted Towhee.
Port Alberni Dec 31 The count was held under suboptimal conditions with temperatures ranging from -3 to +2°C and overcast skies in the morning and snow flurries in the afternoon. While the number of participants was up from previous years, the number of birds tallied was down. We had 22 field observers, including several birders from out of town, and 30 feeder watchers.  8,075 individual birds were counted comprising 87 species.  Highlights included Brandt’s Cormorant, Virginia Rail, and Harris’s Sparrow. Another notable was a White-throated Sparrow.  New high counts were established for Anna’s Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Eurasian Collared-Dove, and Western Meadowlark.
Port Clements Dec 22 The count took place under sunny, clearing skies.  Observers reported 52 species with a count first and rarity for BC, a Rustic Bunting.  Other notables were Townsend’s and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lincoln’s & White-throated Sparrows, Killdeer, and Eurasian Wigeon.
Powell River Dec 18
Highlights were: Eared Grebe; Red-throated Loon; White-throated Sparrow; Canvasback; and Northern Shrike. A high count for Red-breasted Sapsucker at 20 and low counts for Chestnut-backed Chickadees 14 and Golden-crowned Kinglets 74.
Prince George Dec 18 After two weeks of -20°C temperatures, it warmed up to -6°C for count day with a cold gusty wind. Driving conditions were good despite a couple of inches of fresh snow overnight. 40 counters and 7 feeder watchers tallied 48 species and 10,836 individuals, slightly above average. More than half were Bohemian Waxwings (5,512). There were no Crossbills found and very few winter finches—102 Redpolls compared to 3,017 last year and only 17 Pine Grosbeaks compared to 641 last year. There were high counts of Mallards (988), Bald Eagles (95), Eurasian Collared-Doves (12), Common Ravens (833) and American Goldfinches (116). Highlights: Northern Hawk Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, 7 Rough-legged Hawks, 2 Townsend’s Solitaires, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow.
Princeton Jan 02 The count took place under clear skies with a temperature range of -17.0 to -7.7°C.  10 observers reported 40 species with total individuals of 854.  Highlights included Golden Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, American Three-toed Woodpecker, and Northern Shrike.  High numbers of Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, and Red-breasted Nuthatch were recorded.
Quesnel Jan 02 47 species reported so far. New count species is Spotted Towhee. Highlights include Golden Eagle, 2 Northern Pygmy Owls, 5 Sharp-tailed Grouse, Belted Kingfisher, Three-toed Woodpecker, 2 Grey Jays, 3 Steller’s Jays, and Northern Hawk Owl. Spotted for count week American Robin. Big misses are Killdeer and Red Crossbill.  Now 48 species with addition of Great Grey Owl to highlights.
Revelstoke  Dec 17 The count took place with 18 people taking part in chill weather -13°C.  The total birds spotted 898.  Number of species reported 46 with another 7 for count week. Highlights were a White breasted nuthatch and a Great- horned owl for count week. The highest specie was the American goldfinch at 113.
Rivers Inlet Mouth Dec 29 We have not been able to do a count due to adverse weather!!  This count is covered by boat & so far it has been hurricane force winds with rain and snow or  freezing temperatures (- 10 with wind chill).  Not very good boating weather, in fact we are reluctant to even leave the bay!!!
Rose Spit Dec 20 Offshore it seemed birds usually seen in Dixon Entrance had stayed in Hecate Strait.  Only a handful of ducks comprised of Black & White-winged Scoters and one Common Goldeneye were present.  Loons were few with a small number of Common, Pacific and Red-throated.   Pelagic Cormorants were plentiful.   On the plus side, we counted 58 Varied Thrush.  Notables were American Dipper, Peregrine Falcon and the seldom seen Virginia Rail.   Our total species count was 36.
Rossland-Warfield Jan 02 The count took place under clear skies with a temperature range of -18 to -17°C.  10 observers reported 28 species with total individuals of 798.  Highlights included Barrow’s Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, American Robin, and Purple Finch.
Salmon Arm Dec 18 The Count was held with 24 participants.  The wind from the northwest was light around the Lake, but up to 10 kilometers an hour higher up. There was a skiff of snow in the morning, especially at the higher elevations.   Species total was 70, which is lower than usual.  Individual birds tallied was 7,069, also a bit lower than usual.  An additional 4 more species were seen during count week.  Notable was a Yellow-billed Loon.  This is the first Yellow-billed Loon since the early’90’s.  During count week a pair of Canvasbacks was added.  This is a first for this species on our count.  Canada geese were the most commonly seen bird at 1,104 followed by European starlings at 667 and Mallards at 536.  Ring-necked Duck, Bald Eagle, Eurasian Collared-Dove, and Red-winged Blackbird reached historic highs.  Other species with good counts were Northern Shrike and American Dipper, although not record highs, still notable.
Savona-Walhachin Dec 22
The count registered 32 species with 1,341 individuals. European Starlings & Eurasian collared Doves have increased dramatically over the past couple years.  A two week Arctic air mass prior to the count reduced the numbers of small birds, notably Bohemian Wax-wings. Count day weather was mild, averaging 0 C with partial cloud. Small lakes and streams were frozen but Kamloops lake was ice free. Trumpeter Swans and Canada Goose sightings were below average.  Four participants in two cars.  Two from Chilliwack and same from Logan Lake.  Have yet to get any local participation.
Sayward
Shuswap Lake P.P. Dec 20
Highlight species was a single Turkey Vulture. This is a first record for the count which has been operating since 1973. A high count of 66 Red-necked Grebes observed foraging in a confined area requires further investigation as this is  a most unusual aggregation.
Sidney-South Saltspring
Skidegate Inlet Dec 29 Count day dawned with a rosy sunrise and a brisk wind making for choppy seas.  Total species count was 72.  Highlight species were Western Meadowlark, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lapland Longspurs and Anna’s Hummingbirds. Bird of the day was a Northern Mockingbird, a count first.  High counts were recorded for Black Oystercatcher, Western Grebe, Canada Goose, Red-necked Grebe, and American Robin.  Brant numbers were down.  Shorebirds were many; Sanderlings, Surfbirds, Dunlin, turnstones, Rock Sandpipers, Killdeer and Black-bellied Plovers were all recorded
Slocan Lake Dec 30 The count took place under low clouds & occasional snow flurries with a temperature of zero. Seventeen observers tallied 26 species with 5 more recorded during count week.  This is down from last year’s 38 species.  The 6 year average (it’s our 6th count) is 33 species. This was our second lowest species count.  This year we 516 individual birds.  The highest was 965 in 2015 and the lowest 362 in 2013.
Smithers Dec 27 It was a beautiful day for 38 birders out in the field with an additional 4 feeder watchers.  There were 4,701 individual birds comprised of 49 species.  By far the most unusual birds were a Harris and Savannah Sparrow, both at feeders.  These were new for the count.  A White-breasted Nuthatch was also seen at a feeder for only the second time.  The explosion of mice and voles, extremely mild fall, and lack of snow in the valley bottom is thought to explain the abundance of Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers and Red-tailed Hawks (two were Harlan’s).  Unusual also was the lone Sandhill Crane.
Soda Creek Dec 20 The count was held under partly cloudy skies.  Temperatures ranged from -3 to 0°C.  12 observers reported 38 species with a total of 1,167 individual birds.  Highlights were Golden Eagle, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Brown Creeper.  There were count highs for Sharp-tailed Grouse, Northern Pygmy-Owl, and Red-breasted Nuthatch.  A count low of 4 Northern Flicker was experienced.
Sooke
Squamish Dec 18 We had a snowy day with a temperature range of -6 to -2°C.  21 participants tallied 8,413 individuals comprised of 71 species.  An additional 2 count week species were recorded. Seven Snow Geese was a record high.  Other highlights were Spotted Sandpiper, Band-tailed Pigeon, Northern Saw-whet Owl and Bohemian Waxwing.  A few notable misses were Common Loon, Cooper’s Hawk, and Rock Pigeon.
Stewart-Hyder
Stuix-Tweedsmuir Jan 02 We had 5 participants, counting 17 species and 83 birds, on a cold (-5°C) snow-covered day. Memorable was the Northern Saw-whet Owl in mid-day, being mobbed by Chestnut-bacled Chickadees right in downtown Stuix (population 3).
Sunshine Coast Dec 17
Unusual for the count were preceding days with frigid daytime temps around 0°C which continued for count day. There was a light snow cover & most fresh water ponds were frozen.  Conditions were generally overcast with some brighter periods.  Winds were calm though there was some wind on the Strait.  Overall conditions were good except for the frozen ponds. The lack of wind & rain made a welcome change for the count. Participants: 20 plus feeder watchers.  There were 90 species on count day with 3 count-week species, Peregrine Falcon, Thayer’s Gull, & Red Crossbill. The 10-year average is 94.5 species.  Highlight species were: Glaucous Gull, and Harris’s Sparrow. Other notables were Trumpeter Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, American Kestrel & American Goldfinch.
Terrace Dec 18 The count was held under partly clear skies in the morning changing to cloudy in the afternoon. Temperatures ranged from -8.7 to +2.8°C.  15 observers reported 38 species with a total of 2,565 individual birds.  Highlights were Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, and White-throated Sparrows.  There was a count high of 33 Bald Eagles.  Notable count week species were Boreal Owl and Northern Shrike.
Tlell Dec 18 From the highway, we counted Common Goldeneyes (1,672), Red-throated Loons (105) and highest count ever of Pacific Loons at 3,716.  Out in Hecate Strait were 159 Pelagic Cormorants and those were only the ones nearshore.  Also noted were 23 Common Loon, 26 Red-necked Grebe and 69 Red-breasted Merganser. 11 Great Blue Herons were an addition to the count, a species usually not found in numbers on this count.  Our species total was 53.
Tofino
Trail-Beaver Valley Jan 02 The count was held under clear skies.  Temperatures ranged from -19 to -4°C.  19 observers reported 36 species with a total of 1,185 individual birds.  Highlight species was Western Bluebird (4), a count first.  Other notables included Eurasian Collared-Dove, Great Horned Owl, and Chestnut-backed Chickadee.
Tumbler Ridge Dec 31 Weather was a bit challenging with heavy snow and wind in the afternoon. We did a mix of feeder time, driving, forest skiing, creek skiing and hiking. Our team of six: tallied 115 birds, 17 species – about average for us, and maybe not bad given the absence so far of redpolls and crossbills this winter. Missed out on Blue Jay this year – the rest were fairly predictable. We are always satisfied if we get the Three-toed Woodpecker and the Dipper.
Valemount
Vancouver Dec 18
 The count took place under overcast skies, a light to moderate snowfall and low visibility offshore, especially in the morning.  Cold weather the previous week resulted in the freezing of many freshwater ponds.  Winds were light and the tide was relatively high for much of the day.  Our species total of 121 compares to last year at 130.  Major factors in the lower total were lower participation rates due to the weather, low visibility along the coast and relative absence of winter finches.  Notable sightings: Brant, Rock Sandpiper, Horned Lark, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Bohemian Waxwing, and White-throated Sparrow.
Vaseux Lake Dec 21
The count was held under pretty well ideal conditions. We had a mostly calm, sunny day with pleasant, barely sub-zero temperatures. There were 16 observers with a species total of 90, pretty much on the mean over the last 25 years. Vaseux Lake was mostly frozen, but there were lots of ducks on the river, especially Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Ring-necked Ducks. Thanks to those that came out, and thanks to Michael Bezener for hosting the count-up.
Vernon Dec 18 The count was held in good weather with temperatures of -10 to -5°C.  There was no precipitation and some sunshine with 15-10 cm snow on the ground.  We had 67 observers including feeder watchers and tallied 20,150 birds of 92 species. Last year we had 89.  Highlights: 2 RBME: 11 WITU; 6 GOEA; PEFA; 4 VIRA; 6 GHOW; NPOW; 2 BAOW; 9 NOSH; GRJA; ROWR; 2 PAWR; AMDI; RCKI; 2 VATH; 2,638 BOWA; 5 WTSP; 2 PIGR; 2 YHBL; 20 CORE.  None were new for the count but most not seen every year.
Victoria Dec 17
A total of 139 species have been recorded, and about 67,000 individual birds. Missed on count day, but seen during the count week period were Cedar Waxwing, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hutton’s Vireo, Rock Sandpiper, and Short-eared Owl.  Full results will be posted at christmasbirdcount.ca/bcvi/
Wells & Bowron Lakes Dec 27 The count was held under cloudy skies with light snow. Temperatures ranged from -5 to -2°C.  13 observers reported 17 species with a total of 189 individual birds.  Highlights were a Mallard, Northern Goshawk, and a Kingfisher.   Not counted this year were any ptarmigan or swans.
Whistler
White Rock Jan 02 98 field observers and 8 feeder watchers reported 127 species with total individuals of 73,568.  Highlights included California Scrub-Jay, Least Sandpiper, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Gyrfalcon, and Bohemian Waxwing.  Other notables were Cinnamon Teal, Redhead, and a high count for Anna’s Hummingbird at 91.
Williams Lake Dec 18 The count was held under partly clear skies. Temperatures ranged from -11 to -4°C.  35 observers reported 58 species with a total of 3,867 individual birds. Notables included Wilson’s Snipe, Northern Hawk Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Rusty Blackbird.  Count week species were American Kestrel and American Robin.
Yalakom Valley Dec 31 The count was held under clear skies in the morning changing to clouy in the afternoon.  Temperatures ranged from -14 to -3°C.  12 observers reported 36 species with a total of 395 individual birds. Highlights included Ruffed Grouse, Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Marsh Wren, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.  A high of 24 Townsend’s Solitaire was recorded.  A count week species was a White-breasted Nuthatch.
Yoho National Park

Updated 03  March 2017

2 responses to “117th CBC Results – as we receive them

  1. Derrick Marven

    Duncan Count 112 species with 6 more species for count week. 20,463 individuals which was down about 20% from our average. 37 counters in the field and 11 feeder watchers. It was very cold with clouds all day, no precipitation at all.
    First for the count Bohemian Waxwing and several other very good birds: Golden Eagle,Northern Mockingbird, Palm Warbler, American Tree Sparrow

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