The 117th Oceanside-Vista-Carlsbad Christmas Bird Count Results
The 117th Oceanside Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on December 30th, 2016. We had a very successful Christmas Bird Count, despite the cool, rainy weather. There were approximately 183 species seen, and more than 30,970 birds counted. We estimate there were more than 120 participants in 39 teams.
A big thank you to Buena Vista Audubon and all its volunteers for providing a wonderful lunch for everyone and organizing the Nature Center so efficiently to accommodate so many birders.
Notes from Kirsten Winter: “Highlights included two species new to the count circle; an Eastern Bell’s Vireo found by Tito Gonzalez near Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, and six Lilac-crowned Parrots found by Andy Mauro at Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Other unusual birds included; Black and White Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Bullock’s Oriole, Western Tanager and Summer Tanager.”
“Highest-ever populations of several inland bird species were found including 17 Greater Roadrunner, 130 Acorn Woodpecker, 136 California Thrasher, and 495 California Towhees. Most species were at average or below average numbers.”
It’s always exciting to find rarities, but the most common birds recorded this day included: American coot (2689), yellow-rumped warbler (2614), white-crowned sparrow (1855), American wigeon (1814), American crow (1382), mourning dove (1359), California gull (1113), house finch (1015), European starling (970), bushtit (899), and Anna’s hummingbird (719).
The list was uploaded on the Christmas Bird Count Website, but may take awhile to be up-here is the link:(http://netapp.audubon.org/cbcobservation/)
Compilers: Tim Burr and Kirsten Winter
Jane Mygatt (Oceanside CBC Coordinator)