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Preliminary results: One hundred and eighty observers participated in Seattle’s 80th annual Christmas Bird Count on December 30, 2006. The accommodating weather encouraged a record high count of 129 species (previous record was 127, with an average of 120). Two additional species, Northern Harrier and Long-eared Owl, showed up the following day. Total numbers of individuals birds counted was slightly above average, but we found record numbers of Anna’s Hummingbirds (267) and Yellow-rumped Warblers (187). On the other hand, we only had three Ruddy Ducks this year versus a 30-year average of 464. Special visitors: Rock Sandpiper, Townsend’s Solitaire, and Common Redpoll (1st CBC records) and Pine Grosbeak (2nd CBC record).
To learn more about the 107th Christmas Bird Count, please visit the CBC website of National Audubon.