John Tschopp, local birder extraordinaire, led the charge for the annual Christmas Bird Count for Pemberton/Mount Currie and provided the big picture summary:
13 observers covered 7 routes.
On count day we found 55 species with an additional 4 species on count week.
A total of 1988 birds were counted, including count week.
These are very respectable numbers, which were accomplished thanks to the diligence of the observers.
Props to Heather Bains, Shawn Caulfield, William Caulfield, Chris Dale, Grant Danielson, Marcia Danielson, Bob Gilmore, Jeanette Helmer, Nigel Mathews, Shelly Mathews, Al McEwan, Tonette McEwan, Hugh Naylor, Leah Noble, Karl Ricker, Weldon Talbot, John Tschopp and Brenda Williams for their eagle-eyes and amazing bird knowledge.
Download the report here. 2014 Xmas Bird Count Pemberton
Here are some of the most widely spotted birds in Pemberton-Mount Currie in December. (I figure, if you’re just starting out wanting to identify things, as I am, you might as well start with the most common ones. Also, check out last year’s post, with annotated images!
Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco
(“neat, even flashy little sparrows that flit about forest floors of the western mountains and Canada, then flood the rest of North America for winter. They’re easy to recognize by their crisp (though extremely variable) markings and the bright white tail feathers they habitually flash in flight. One of the most abundant forest birds of North America, you’ll see juncos on woodland walks as well as in flocks at your feeders or on the ground beneath them.”)
Common redpoll (a type of finch)
Crow (also lots of ravens, although they are different)
(“ravens are larger, the size of a red-tailed hawk. Ravens often travel in pairs, while crows are seen in larger groups. The crow’s tail feathers are basically the same length, so when the bird spreads its tail, it opens like a fan. Ravens have longer middle feathers in their tails, so their tail appears wedge-shaped when open. Crows give a cawing sound. But ravens produce a lower croaking sound.”)