December 15, Saturday
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The 46th Juneau Christmas Bird Count took place Saturday, December 15, 2018. Twenty-nine volunteers reported 59 species and 7,180 individual birds. A few feeder watchers also contributed their observations to the count. Ten additional species were seen during count week, for a total of 69.
The weather was overcast, with temperatures in the upper teens to upper twenties, zero precipitation, and calm winds in all areas except downtown and Douglas, which were windy. Most ponds and lakes were frozen.
Highlights include Sanderling, Spotted Towhee, White-Throated Sparrow, Anna's Hummingbird, and Red-Winged Blackbird on count day and Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black Turnstone, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Short-eared Owl, Wilson's Warbler, and Harris's Sparrow during count week. Those species have been seen on fewer than 20 previous counts.
The count resulted in two new highs, one new low, and a new species. Counts of 873 American Wigeons and 345 Dunlin are new high counts for those species. A count of 112 Surf Scoters is a new low for that species. Additionally, Wilson's Warbler, which was seen during count week, is a new species for the Juneau count.
The 23 species that have been seen on each of the other 45 counts were seen on count day. The five most numerous species were Mallard (2,049), American Wigeon (873), Canada Goose (724), Glaucous-winged Gull (714), and Common Raven (274).