Christmas Bird Count in Uplands Park

David Newell recently sent FOUP this report about the Christmas Bird Count in Uplands Park.

[Note from Kathleen: Congratulations to those who participated in the Christmas Bird Count this year and special thanks to Geoffrey, Jean, David and Brigitte Newell for helping us all learn about the birds in Uplands Park. To see images of the birds listed below, do a “common name” search on E-Fauna BC Advanced Search Page, from the E-Fauna BC Electronic Atlas of Wildlife of British Columbia. )

Dear Friends of Uplands Park:
On Saturday, Dec. 15, we got a new bird for Uplands Park and another rare sighting for Victoria: a Common Redpoll high up in a Red Alder in the middle of the large Garry Oak Meadow at the west end of the park.

[Note from Kathleen: See a lovely watercolour titled Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) with Alder catkins]

With the sighting of the Franklin’s Gull along the south side of Cattle Point and Willows Beach last Nov. 25, it goes to show you that many excitingly uncommon birds may turn up on our walks! Remember that our next walk is on this next Sunday, Dec. 30 at 8:00 a.m., meeting in the large parking lot out at the end of Cattle Point.

For the 2012 Oak Bay Christmas Bird Count, which starts at Rutland Road and follows the ocean to the Chinese Cemetary in South Oak Bay, passing through Uplands Park, including Cattle Point, we had 63 species. Here are our totals:

5 Pacific Loons
3 Common Loons
7 Red-necked Grebes
2 Brandt’s Cormorants
11 Double-crested Cormorants
16 Pelagic Cormorants
2 Great Blue Herons
8 Greater White-fronted Geese
25 Canada Geese
15 American Wigeons
8 Mallards
1 Northern Pintail
5 Harlequin Ducks
76 Surf Scoters
7 Long-tailed Ducks
92 Bufflehead
2 Common Goldeneyes
26 Hooded Mergansers
20 Common Mergansers
10 Red-breasted Mergansers
3 Bald Eagles
5 California Quail
4 Black-bellied Plovers
17 Killdeer
6 Black Oystercatchers
19 Black Turnstones
7 Surfbirds
2 Dunlin
34 Mew Gulls
1 California Gull
11 Thayer’s Gulls
200 Glaucous-winged Gulls
3 Pigeon Guillemots
12 Marbled Murrelets
5 Ancient Murrelets
1 Rhinoceros Auklet
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
18 Rock Pigeons
1 Snowy Owl
11 Anna’s Hummingbirds
2 Downy Woodpeckers
6 Northern Flickers
20 Northwestern Crows
3 Common Ravens
44 Chestnut-backed Chickadees
65 Bushtits
2 Red-breasted Nuthatches
9 Brown Creepers
8 Pacific Wrens
14 Golden-crowned Kinglets
86 American Robins
2 European Starlings
3 Yellow-rumped Warblers
8 Spotted Towhees
4 Fox Sparrows
16 Song Sparrows
8 Golden-crowned Sparrows
48 Dark-eyed Juncos
7 Purple Finches
55 House Finches
1 Common Redpoll
4 Pine Siskins
70 House Sparrows

David, Brigitte, Geoffrey and Jean Newell

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