Holiday Bird Count

December 19, 2015
Our count this year will begin at 7:30 AM at the West Coon Rapids Dam at 10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444. Three Rivers Park District will be opening the West Coon Rapids Dam for our use. Beginning birders will be grouped with experienced birders. Groups will be given specific areas within the 15 mile count circle to observe and count on foot and in cars. We will return to the visitor center at noon for a hot pot luck lunch, then return to our count areas. We will all return to the visitor center between 3:30 and 4:00 to tally birds counted and fill report sheets out. Last year we had 35 participants, counted 5,847 birds with 41 species.

Please note the meeting place is not at Springbrook Nature Center this year due to construction there.  Also note there is no stove or oven at the Kroening Interpretive Center, so bring a crockpot or other warming device for your warm dish.

INFORMATION/QUESTIONS:  
SIAH ST. CLAIR 763.572.3588  <stclairs@comcast.net>


Here's a recap from a previous year's results...
2010 Christmas Bird Count
 
25 people gathered on December 18, 2010 to participate in the Minneapolis North Christmas Bird Count. The count is conducted in a 7.5 mile radius circle with the Coon Rapids Dam as the center. Springbrook Nature Center is the gathering site for hot drinks, a potluck lunch and reporting.
 
The participants clocked a total of over 69 hours looking for and counting birds. They found a total of 6300 birds of 38 species. Of course, all the usual suspects were seen, for example:  480 black-capped chickadees, 707 crows, 2352 mallards, and 175 blue jays.    Some of the rarer and therefore more exciting sightings included a northern shrike, 6 white-winged crossbills and 14 common redpolls all between Long Lake and Pike Lake;  and one varied thrush in Champlin.
 
Some of the birds that are usually seen, such as common mergansers and goldeneyes, were not seen because the river was iced over; and others, such as some sparrows, were scarce because the deep snow has forced them to move to other areas.
 
The full report is given below.
Species
Count
Species
Count
Canada Goose
358
Blue Jay
175
Mallard
2352
American Crow
707
Ring-Necked Pheasant
8
Black-capped Chickadee
480
Wild Turkey
39
Red-breasted Nuthatch
1
Bald Eagle
14
White-breasted Nuthatch
97
Sharp-shinned Hawk
2
Brown Creeper
3
American Kestrel
1
American Robin
17
Rough-legged Hawk
1
Varied Thrush
1
Rock Pigeon
212
European Starling
405
Mourning Dove
45
Cedar Waxwing
18
Great Horned Owl
2
American Tree Sparrow
8
Barred Owl
2
Dark-eyed Junco
82
Belted Kingfisher
2
Northern Cardinal
94
Red-bellied Woodpecker
21
House Finch
219
Downey Woodpecker
69
Purple Finch
1
Hairy Woodpecker
34
American Goldfinch
203
Northern Flicker
3
White-winged Crossbill
6
Pileated Woodpecker
2
Common Redpoll
14
Northern Shrike
3
House Sparrow
584