Seasonal Observations: Birds

John Tschopp reported the results from Pemberton’s Christmas Bird Count earlier this month. Here’s a little montage to our feathered friends who were spotted out on and about on one cloudy, clear day by 16 local ornithologists.

No partridges in pear trees, despite the seasonal timeliness of such visitations.
(Montage created with photos from Blake Jorgenson, Country Meadows B&B, Dave Steers, John Tschopp, Craig Pelley.)

55 species

Trumpeter Swan  X

Mallard  12

Northern Shoveler  2

Green-winged Teal  5

Bufflehead  60

Common Goldeneye  30

Barrow’s Goldeneye  2

Hooded Merganser  10

Ruffed Grouse  3

Great Blue Heron  8

Northern Harrier  3

Sharp-shinned Hawk  3

Northern Goshawk  1

Bald Eagle  25

Red-tailed Hawk  3

Rough-legged Hawk  1

Spotted Sandpiper  6

Rock Pigeon  6

Eurasian Collared-Dove  20

Barred Owl  X

Anna’s Hummingbird  X

Belted Kingfisher  3

Red-breasted Sapsucker  X

Downy Woodpecker  9

Hairy Woodpecker  9

Northern Flicker  37

Pileated Woodpecker  16

American Kestrel  1

Northern Shrike  4

Steller’s Jay  85

Northwestern Crow  252     + 115 American Crows

Common Raven  78

Black-capped Chickadee  131

Chestnut-backed Chickadee  5

Red-breasted Nuthatch  1

Pacific Wren  3

American Dipper  15

Golden-crowned Kinglet  22

Mountain Bluebird  X

American Robin  57

Varied Thrush  1

European Starling  203

Spotted Towhee  24

Song Sparrow  22

White-crowned Sparrow  8

Dark-eyed Junco  262

Red-winged Blackbird  156

Brewer’s Blackbird  150

House Finch  12

Purple Finch  15

Red Crossbill  2

Common Redpoll  2

Pine Siskin  183

Evening Grosbeak  24

House Sparrow  30

View this checklist online at

If you have photos of birds you’ve spotted in the region, send them along to, and we’ll include them on the blog, to help rookie bird-watchers, aspiring ornithologists and the rest of us get to know our feathered friends.

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