Monday, January 03, 2011

Christmas Bird Counts: a pictorial summary (and some yard birds too!)

I participate on two Christmas Bird Counts every season, the Cincinnati, Ohio and East Fork Counts. Here is a quick pictorial summary of some of the best birds that was found by my party or by myself.

Male Ring-necked Duck
David Brinkman and I found a pair of Ring-necked Ducks on a small subdivision pond in Milford, OH (this is the male) on the Cincinnati Count.


Juv. Red-shouldered Hawk
Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (A.K.A. "The Palestine Buteo" for those who were at the Cincinnati tally)


Barred Owl
Bob Foppe and I found this Barred Owl in Bethel, OH on the East Fork Count, 1st bird of the day!


Merlin
I found this Merlin near Bethel, OH.


Below are some of the cool birds that I found in the yard recently!


Purple Finch and House Finch (males)
Purple Finch on the left, House Finch on the right (both males).



Golden-crowned Kinglet
Found this Golden-crowned Kinglet feeding on sap wells in the backyard.


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11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great experience. Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. Nice Christmas bird counting birds..Well done!

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  3. Nice collection! Must have been a great experience!

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  4. Great job Donald! The CBCs are one of my favorite times of the year. We have four counts in my area, lucky me!

    Great shots of all the birds, I especially like the Merlin and to start off with a Barred Owl, you must have known it would be a good day.

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  5. Very nice collection!

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  6. A very good collection of birds for your counts.

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  7. Sounds like you had a great time Birding this Christmas Donald.I wish you and yours a lovely 2011.

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  8. Hey Don,
    What a day on the bird you had! I am still looking for an owl this winter. I'm glad your luck is running hot. Great post!

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  9. Great birds for your count. Love the photos. The Kinglet is cute!

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  10. Very nice collection. I only ever see Merlin's flying past so it;s nice to see one at rest.

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  11. Great series - congrats on all your findings!

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