I was happy to see a big flock of goldfinches both days this weekend, with my highest count on Saturday coming in at 144, just over half my highest count from winter 2009-2010. Today the goldfinches were also joined by a couple nice adult male Purple Finches and 3 Pine Siskins. The big highlight of the day was an American Tree Sparrow - I haven't seen one here since December 3.
|A pair of Hairy Woodpeckers adds a little variety..|
Here are my ebird checklists from Saturday and Sunday.
The other bird-related thing I did this weekend was try a new technique for recording birds for ebird on a drive. I needed the help of Erica for this one. We had about a two hour car drive heading to White Lake for a post-Christmas get-together at her Aunt and Uncle's so we thought we'd do a survey of the winter birds on the southern Canadian Shield- with a twist. We recorded in 10km intervals to get a better representation of the frequency different species occur at. In two hours, we managed a whopping 63 individuals of 9 species (a bit higher than I would have guessed...). Here's the list with the frequency of checklists for each species:
Common Raven - 55%
Blue Jay - 35%
American Goldfinch - 25%
Black-capped Chickadee - 20%
Wild Turkey - 10% (two each near Denbigh and MacArthur's Mills)
American Crow - 5% (Burnstown)
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 5%
American Robin - 5% (near Calabogie)
European Starling - 5% (in Bancroft)
Anyways, I thought it was a neat twist and provided more information than just doing a single list for the entire car ride.