2007 JUNEAU CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS

 

 

The 2007 Juneau

Christmas Bird Count

December 15, 2007

Juneau Christmas Bird Count Report by MARK SCHWAN: 

Thanks to everyone who participated.  On our count day, Saturday, December 15, we had about 40 volunteers working our count circle.  The weather turned out to be agreeable and the tides were in our favor.  There was a seemingly above average amount of waterfowl hunting activity on the wetlands, which likely negatively affected our count somewhat. 

 
We found 70 species of birds on count day, about average for over the last 20 years of counts.  We counted 10,875 birds, just a little above our average, with our two most abundant species being Mallard and Glaucous-winged Gull.  Although our Glaucous-winged Gull count was above average, we found the bulk of the birds outside of the airport and landfill areas (where we traditionally see many), which is likely due to the bird deterrent programs at the two sites, especially at the landfill.  We had an all-time low count for Northwestern Crow, only 189 birds, but we had a new high count for Common Raven, at 575 birds.  We were below average for Steller's Jay and Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Brown Creeper was only a count week bird.  Golden-crowned Kinglets and Brown Creepers have been scarce this year after last winter.  We had a number of rare birds for this time of year and several casual species for Juneau; highlights included three Wood Ducks in the Mendenhall Valley, one White-throated Sparrow downtown, and one Harris' Sparrow near the airport.
 
In addition to birds seen on the count day, local birders found an additional 15 species during our count week.  This by far exceeded the number of additional count week species seen around any previous count day.  However, our total for the week, 85, is not a record, as back in 1987 and 1988, we had record counts on our count days, and with additional species during those count weeks, we had a total of 88 species for the week in both of those years. 
 
Again, thanks to all who helped, and thanks to Gus van Vliet for helping compile the numbers, and a special thanks to Gus, Paul Suchanek, and Patty Rose for locating so many count week birds : )  !!

 

 

Species

Count or CW Only

Cackling goose

1

Canada Goose

947

Wood Duck

3

Gadwall

14

Eurasian Wigeon

cw

American Wigeon

169

Mallard

2340

Northern Pintail

cw

Green-winged Teal

13

Greater Scaup

148

Lesser Scaup

cw

Unidentified Scaup

177

Harlequin Duck

114

Surf Scoter

551

White-winged Scoter

255

Black Scoter

cw

Unidentified Scoters

100

Long-tailed Duck

65

Bufflehead

175

Common Goldeneye

191

Barrow's Goldeneye

289

Unidentified Goldeneyes

82

Hooded Merganser

1

Common Merganser

48

Red-breasted Merganser

140

Pacific Loon

43

Common Loon

19

Yellow-billed Loon

cw

Unidentified Loons

10

Horned Grebe

77

Red-necked Grebe

28

Western Grebe

cw

Pelagic Cormorant

26

Great Blue Heron

5

Bald Eagle

132

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

Northern Goshawk

1

Merlin

cw

Unidentified Falcons

1

Black Turnstone

75

Rock Sandpiper

5

Dunlin

23

Wilson's Snipe

2

Bonaparte's Gull

4

Mew Gull

248

Herring Gull

11

Thayer's Gull

4

Glaucous-winged Gull

2007

Glaucous Gull

cw

Unidentified Gulls

80

Common Murre

33

Pigeon Guillemot

3

Marbled Murrelet

193

Rock  Pigeon

7

Northern Pygmy-owl

cw

Short-eared Owl

2

Belted Kingfisher

2

Downy Woodpecker

cw

Northern Shrike

1

Steller's Jay

28

Black-billed Magpie

37

Northwestern Crow

189

Common Raven

575

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

104

Red-breasted Nuthatch

1

Brown Creeper

cw

Winter Wren

3

American Dipper

6

Golden-crowned Kinglet

6

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

cw

Unidentified Kinglets

3

American Robin

cw

European Starling

1

American Pipit

1

Bohemian Waxwing

12

American Tree Sparrow

28

Savannah Sparrow

4

Fox Sparrow*

2

Song Sparrow

16

White-throated Sparrow

1

Harris' Sparrow

1

White-crowned Sparrow

4

Golden-crowned Sparrow

1

Dark-eyed Junco

342

Lapland Longspur

cw

Snow Bunting

25

Red-winged Blackbird

cw

Rusty Blackbird

3

Pine Grosbeak

3

Red Crossbill

150

Common Redpoll

30

Pine Siskin

433

 

 


 

* One Fox Sparrow reddish, interior form.