Tue Jan 4, 2011--Some of the results are in for the Fort Bragg CBC. On January 2, 2011 more then 50 people participated in the trial run of this new Christmas Bird Count. The final(?) count was 142 species. People went home thinking that the count was 141, but a feeder watcher brought the count up with a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Some of the highlights of the count were 5 birds not on the first checklist. A NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER and a OAK TITMOUSE were discovered in the Little Valley area of the circle. This is a new and underbirded area. Both birds are rare on the coast. An EVENING GROSBEAK was found south of the Botanical Gardens. A CALIFORNIA TOWHEE was found above Big River at a staked out bird feeder (thank you to the inland birders who brought a few of their birds over to the coast). The SWAMP SPARROW that was found last week (see posting) was refound at the mouth of Big River.
There were several birds missed on the count, leaving room for improvement in the years to come.
Thank you to all the people that participated in the count. We had a diverse CBC with Kayaking (Liquid Fusion)and biking miles. Hope to get a boat out next year. A few new birding areas were explored and everyone enjoyed the day.