[Tweeters] Neah Bay Christmas Bird Count 2018 results

Charlie Wright cwright770 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 27 17:12:17 PST 2018

Hello all,
The 3rd official (4th including a dry run) Neah Bay Christmas Bird Count
was held on 16 December this year, with 24 brave souls helping out. Our
weather consisted of steady 48 degrees and near-constant rain (1.72 inches
fell midnight-to-midnight in Forks), with some wind gusts up to 25 knots in
the afternoon. There was a dry period in the afternoon that lasted
somewhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours depending on exactly where you
were. While that may sound nasty, most people found it to be surprisingly
"birdable" all day, and mercifully calm mid-morning.

We did well detecting many birds, with a record 121 species on count day
plus 3 count week species (species totals have been 116 + 2 cw in 2015, 116
+ 5 in 2016, 108 + 9 in 2017).

We also did quite well on total numbers with 12,999 birds counted. This is
our highest number of individuals since our trial year in 2015, when a
storm blew in over 30,000 Common Murres among other birds.

There were many highlights. Here is a selection of some of the more
exciting finds:

-- The rarest bird, ARCTIC LOON, may be the same returning bird from Brad
Waggoner's 2017 CBC find. If so, the bird has molted more completely into
basic plumage than it had at this time last year.
-- Washington's first winter record of INDIGO BUNTING
-- 5 goose species, NONE of which is a sure bet on this count
-- a female Barrow's Goldeneye in the bay, not too easy here
-- Ruffed Grouse on Shi Shi trail
-- a Spotted Sandpiper on the Tsoo-Yess River
-- Long-billed Dowitcher hanging out with Mallards in the Wa'atch Valley
-- one Bonaparte's Gull in the bay
-- a Glaucous Gull and a Glaucous-winged x Glaucous hybrid on Hobuck Beach
-- a fairly high count of California Gulls (165) mainly on Hobuck
-- a Rough-legged Hawk in Wa'atch Valley
-- a Harlan's subspecies Red-tailed Hawk on the west end of town
-- Short-eared Owl seen after dusk in the valley
-- a roving flock of 18 Bushtits that was fortunately seen by a "poaching"
group in the afternoon
-- a flock of 7 American Goldfinches in town, a species that seems to be
turning up a few oddball places this winter
-- NASHVILLE WARBLER, one of a shocking two birds seen together the day
-- the perennial Golden-crowned x White-crowned Sparrow hybrid which has
been with us since the inception of our count
-- a record 3 Palm Warblers (at least 2 others seen during count week),
appropriate during this excellent PAWA year

8 species were new to all the CBC efforts combined: Canada Goose (12 of the
Dusky subspecies group), Rough-legged Hawk, Long-billed Dowitcher,
Short-eared Owl, Bewick's Wren (count week detection), American Goldfinch,
Nashville Warbler, and Indigo Bunting.

Completely missing from the count were Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon,
several owls (due to poor nocturnal conditions), and Townsend's Warbler.
Also, some may be surprised that this count has never yet recorded
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Here is the complete tally. 100% of these sightings were also entered into
eBird, so head over there if you'd like more details on what was seen and

Snow Goose 2
Greater White-fronted Goose 16
Brant 3
Cackling Goose 17
Canada Goose (Dusky) 12
Trumpeter Swan 6
Northern Shoveler 1
Gadwall 2
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 122
Mallard 457
Northern Pintail 16
Green-winged Teal 245
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater Scaup 32
Lesser Scaup 36
Harlequin Duck 151
Surf Scoter 412
White-winged Scoter 123
Black Scoter 6
scoter sp. 2
Long-tailed Duck 6
Bufflehead 170
Common Goldeneye 31
Barrow's Goldeneye 1
Hooded Merganser 34
Common Merganser 22
Red-breasted Merganser 99
duck sp. 1
Ruffed Grouse 1
Pied-billed Grebe 7
Horned Grebe 181
Red-necked Grebe 19
Eared Grebe 4
Western Grebe 128
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 14
Eurasian Collared-Dove 72
Anna's Hummingbird 19
Virginia Rail 2
Black Oystercatcher 79
Black-bellied Plover 1
Killdeer 56
Black Turnstone 111
Surfbird 23
Sanderling 46
Dunlin 29
Long-billed Dowitcher 1
Wilson's Snipe 26
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Common Murre 2006
Pigeon Guillemot 3
Marbled Murrelet 5
Ancient Murrelet 1
Rhinoceros Auklet 2
alcid sp. 100
Black-legged Kittiwake 2
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Mew Gull 331
Western Gull 12
California Gull 165
Herring Gull 27
Iceland Gull (Thayer's) 137
Herring/Iceland Gull 3
Glaucous-winged Gull 92
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 256
Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 4
Western/Glaucous-winged Gull 3
Glaucous Gull 1
Glaucous-winged x Glaucous Gull (hybrid) 1
Larus sp. 1804
Red-throated Loon 115
Arctic Loon 1
Pacific Loon 97
Common Loon 68
loon sp. 304
Brandt's Cormorant 521
Pelagic Cormorant 340
Double-crested Cormorant 62
cormorant sp. 551
Great Blue Heron 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk cw
Bald Eagle 57
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) 5
Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's) 1
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Northern Pygmy-Owl 1
Barred Owl 2
Short-eared Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 11
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 17
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 6
Northern Flicker (intergrade) 4
American Kestrel 2
Merlin 1
Northern Shrike 2
Hutton's Vireo 11
Steller's Jay 91
American/Northwestern Crow 411
Common Raven 24
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 161
chickadee sp. 1
Bushtit 18
Brown Creeper 5
Pacific Wren 69
Bewick's Wren cw
Marsh Wren 11
wren sp. 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 347
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 47
Varied Thrush 237
Hermit Thrush 10
American Robin 17
Varied Thrush/American Robin 1
European Starling 487
American Pipit 1
House Finch 15
Purple Finch cw
Red Crossbill 1
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 7
finch sp. 75
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 141
Dark-eyed Junco 107
Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 200
White-crowned Sparrow 38
Golden-crowned Sparrow 110
White-crowned x Golden-crowned Sparrow (hybrid) 1
Song Sparrow 142
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Spotted Towhee 45
sparrow sp. 1
Western Meadowlark 1
Red-winged Blackbird 219
Orange-crowned Warbler (lutescens) 2
Nashville Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Indigo Bunting 1
House Sparrow 26
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