2011 Christmas Bird Count RESULTS  
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December 31, 2011

133 species tallied (count day + count week)

Count day: 129 species
Count week: additional 4 species
Individual birds: 48,273 birds
Observers: 187

Seattle CBC Compiler: Matt Bartels



Overall, the 2011 count tied the record for Seattle CBC species count and was well above average for the circle. That said, the total number of birds tallied was our second lowest in the past 15 years (only 2010 tallied fewer birds).  In addition to the 129 species seen on count day, Snowy Owl, Ruddy Duck, Mourning Dove and Nashville Warbler were all seen during count-week. Nashville Warbler is new for the Seattle Audubon CBC. The Snowy Owl was seen in Ballard on December 29th, but unfortunately was not seen on count day.

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Highlight birds of the day include Common Redpolls (8), Western Tanagers (2) and Townsend Solitaires (2) – amazingly, each of those species were seen in two different sectors!. Other notables include a Long-tailed Duck (downtown sector) and Red-breasted Mergansers observed by four different groups on fresh-water.

Notable misses for the day include: Western Screech-Owl, Bonaparte's Gull, Slate-colored Junco, and Brewer's Blackbird.

Record high counts for the ‘modern period’ (1973-present) were recorded for 16 species: Snow Goose (450); Cackling Goose (33); Pacific Loon (85); Peregrine Falcon (11); Common Murre (318); Pileated Woodpecker (25); Common Raven (3) [tied w/ 2009]; Townsend’s Solitaire (2) [tied w/ 2001]; Orange-crowned Warbler (8) Nashville Warbler (Count week) [first time on Seattle CBC]; Townsend’s Warbler (60); Western Tanager (3); Song Sparrow (992); White-throated Sparrow (5) [tied w/ 2010]; Golden-crowned Sparrow (309); American Goldfinch (788) [though in 1921 over 1000 were tallied]



Ducks & Geese: Mostly seen in good numbers – exceptions include the same species as in recent years: Northern Pintail (23) & Ruddy Duck [count week only] are almost gone from the count area, and  White-winged (34) & Black Scoters(27) continued to be low.

Loons were reported in higher than usual numbers

Western Grebes – below the long term average, but as with the previous two years seems to no longer be in rapid decline.

Raptors were all above average except for Sharp-shinned Hawks. Nice to have 74 Bald Eagles and 11 Peregrines present. Those numbers really stand out when looking back and seeing that from up until 1990, double-digit eagle numbers were never recorded, and Peregrine was noted only once.

American Coots, with 2528 counted, were well below average, but up significantly from the previous 3 years’ totals.

Alcids were seen in higher numbers than average, a trend matched in the Vashon CBC results this year as well.

American Crows – continuing the trend noted last year when the relocation of the roost site shrunk totals from what once reached almost 20000 to this year’s 7031.

All warbler, sparrow and finch species seen were noted in above average numbers except Pine Siskin (a little below average) and Evening Grosbeak (continuing a long decline – we haven’t seen double-digit Evening Grosbeaks on the CBC in 15 years)

Thanks to all the participants who made the it a great count.


Full Species List

TOTAL: 48356

Greater White-fronted Goose (11)
Snow Goose (450)
Brant (67)
Cackling Goose (33)
Canada Goose (914)
Trumpeter Swan (15)
Tundra Swan (2)
Wood Duck (30)
Gadwall (669)
Eurasian Wigeon (14)
American Wigeon (2359)
Mallard (1300)
Northern Shoveler (178)
Northern Pintail (23)
Green-winged Teal  (131)
Canvasback (246)
Redhead (2)
Ring-necked Duck (544)
Greater Scaup (576)
Lesser Scaup (423)
scaup sp. (106)
Harlequin Duck (46)
Long-tailed Duck (1)
Surf Scoter (951)
White-winged Scoter (34)
Black Scoter (27)
scoter sp. (1)
Bufflehead (1025)
Common Goldeneye (395)
Barrow's Goldeneye (360)
goldeneye sp. (1)
Hooded Merganser (72)
Common Merganser (305)
Red-breasted Merganser (343)
Ruddy Duck (CW)
California Quail (2)
Red-throated Loon (37)
Pacific Loon (85)
Common Loon (16)
loon sp. (7)
Pied-billed Grebe (152)
Horned Grebe (424)
Red-necked Grebe (141)
Eared Grebe (1)
Western Grebe (993)
Brandt's Cormorant (306)
Double-crested Cormorant (764)
Pelagic Cormorant (46)
cormorant sp. (6)
Great Blue Heron (39)

Bald Eagle (74)
Bald Eagle adult (68)
Bald Eagle immature (4)
Bald Eagle unspecified (2)
Northern Harrier (1)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (7)
Cooper's Hawk (21)
Accipiter sp. (2)
Red-tailed Hawk (39)
Merlin (12)
Peregrine Falcon (11)
Virginia Rail (10)
American Coot (2528)
Killdeer (80)
Spotted Sandpiper (7)
Black Turnstone (61)
Surfbird (82)
Sanderling (30)
Least Sandpiper (3)
Dunlin (39)
Wilson's Snipe (36)
Mew Gull (1066)
Ring-billed Gull (201)
Western Gull (7)
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (174)
California Gull (27)
Herring Gull (5)
Thayer's Gull (6)
Glaucous-winged Gull (1104)
gull sp. (338)
Common Murre (318)
Pigeon Guillemot (65)
Marbled Murrelet (3)
Rhinoceros Auklet (219)
Rock Pigeon (1934)
Band-tailed Pigeon (66)
Mourning Dove (CW)
Barn Owl (2)
Great Horned Owl (4)
Snowy Owl (CW)
Barred Owl  (5)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (2)
Anna's Hummingbird (301)
Belted Kingfisher (23)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (15)
Downy Woodpecker (71)
Hairy Woodpecker (3)
Northern Flicker (313)
Northern (Red-shafted) (312)
Northern (Yellow-shafted) (1)

Pileated Woodpecker (26)
Northern Shrike (1)
Hutton's Vireo (8)
Steller's Jay (168)
Western Scrub-Jay (3)
American Crow (7040)
Common Raven (3)
Black-capped Chickadee (1708)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (385)
Bushtit (872)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (132)
Brown Creeper (87)
Bewick's Wren (244)
Pacific Wren (209)
Marsh Wren (14)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1021)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (376)
Townsend's Solitaire (2)
Hermit Thrush (8)
American Robin (3189)
Varied Thrush (147)
European Starling (1867)
Cedar Waxwing (7)
Orange-crowned Warbler (8)
Nashville Warbler (CW)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (119)
Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) (50)
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) (4)
Yellow-rumped unspecified (65)
Townsend's Warbler (60)
Spotted Towhee (258)
Fox Sparrow (193)
Song Sparrow (992)
Lincoln's Sparrow (40)
White-throated Sparrow (5)
White-crowned Sparrow (43)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (309)
Dark-eyed Junco (1157)
Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco (1152)
Dark-eyed Junco (unspecified) (5)
Western Tanager (3)
Red-winged Blackbird (235)
Western Meadowlark (10)
Purple Finch (29)
House Finch (900)
Red Crossbill (20)
Common Redpoll (8)
Pine Siskin (992)
American Goldfinch (788)
Evening Grosbeak (3)
House Sparrow (679)
Participants: 187
(+1 Feeder report)
Miles on Foot: 116
Miles by Car: 417
Miles by Boat: 34
TOTAL Miles: 567
Hours on Foot: 147
Hours by Car: 35
Hours by Boat: 8
Hours Owling: 12
TOTAL Hours: 202


Bird images from the 2011 CBC

© Kimberle Stark

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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

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Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

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Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

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Golden-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia atricapilla

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Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

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Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

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