Almost Final Clear Lake CBC Results (LAKE)
- Thanks to all 55 birders that participated in the Clear Lake Count for
their time and hard work in ferreting out a total of 147 birds (subject
to slight adjustment awaiting some final reports). The 147 total number
of species is a few birds higher than what we've had the past three
years but down from our all-time high of 153 birds in 2007. Fifty-five
matches our all-time highest number of participants of two years ago and
this year included four birders from St. Helena, one from Santa Rosa,
and three Lower Lake High School students plus all the good dedicated
birders of Lake County.
Some species of particular interest include several
Barrows'Goldeneye, both Bald and Golden Eagles, Canyon Wren,
Townsend's Solitaire, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-throated Gray
Warbler, and Lawrence's Goldfinch which made its sixth appearance on
our CBC with an all-time high of 47 birds. The RuddyDuck garnered the
highest number of individuals with an all-time high count of 4,823.
A couple of species we were sorry to miss were the Osprey and the
Yellow-billed Magpie. We normally get 1 or 2 Osprey for the Count but
not this year. The numbers of Magpies on the Count have been declining
for the past half-dozen years, and this year's miss is the second
year in a row that we've have had no Magpie on the Count.
Good Birding to all in 2012!
Clear Lake Count Compiler
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