Yakima Valley CBC results
- Hi Yakkers,
We had 34 people on the Yakima Valley CBC on Dec. 29, the most
participants we have ever had. We found 92 species, two forms and had
five count week birds (birds that were seen in the three days before
and after the count but not on count day). The record for this count
is 95 in 2010. We found 23371 individual birds, which is the most
Twenty-two species recorded their highest totals ever, with Red-tailed
Hawk being the most astounding increase. The 220 RTHAs seen were a 50%
increase from the previous high of 145 found in 2010. The 358 Eurasian
Collared-Doves seen show the fast population growth of this fairly
recent addition to the Yakima County bird list. 121 were seen in 2011.
The first ECDOs were seen in Yakima County in Moxee in January 2006.
Red Crossbills were seen on the count for only the second time. Sixty
were found by teams in four different routes, which shows they were
wide-spread in the count circle.
Fox Sparrows also showed a big increase from the previous high of 10
in 2010 to 28 this year. My group even found a Fox Sparrow that had
been hung on a barb wire fence and partially eaten by a Northern
I would like to thank everyone who participated to make this a very
successful Christmas Bird Count.
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