Grand Junction Christmas Bird Count - DEC. 14, 2008
- Grand Junction Christmas Bird Count Set for Sunday, December 14
Join a team by contacting a team leader or Fran & Paul Didier for
The Grand Junction Christmas Bird Count will take place on Sunday,
December 14, 2008. Birders at every level of expertise can make
meaningful contributions to this count, so everyone is invited to
join in. Each party will have at least one experienced birder who
will be able to identify every species encountered, but every extra
pair of eyes means that more birds will be spotted and tallied. This
count provides excellent practice for beginners because it requires
lots of repetitions identifying the more common birds.
Following the count, there will be a gathering at the Village Inn at
757 Horizon Drive at 6:00 p.m. to submit the results and the money
collected and to enjoy each other's stories of best bird, most
interesting or funniest incident. Participants can order from the
menu as you arrive. We will have a private room. Anyone interested
is welcome to join us.
Participation in sanctioned national Audubon Society Bird Counts
requires a $5 fee. Although more than 50,000 participants from every
state, every Canadian province, and a number of Central and South
American countries and Pacific and West Indian islands, will pay this
fee this year, the fees cover only 1/3 of the total Audubon
investment of more than $700,000 in the annual Christmas Bird Count.
The difference is made up from grants. The count has become a major
source of data for monitoring the status of many North American bird
populations. Count results from the year 1900 through the present
are available through Audubon's website <www.audubon.org>, and are
also available at BirdSource <www.birdsource.org>, a collaborative
project of Audubon and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Please
join one of the teams. Contact an area leader to find out when and
where to meet.
Grand Junction Christmas Bird Count
2008 Area Leaders
Paul Didier 242-8643 didier@...
Larry Arnold 263-0115 larnold47@...
Orchard Mesa Wildlife Area
Duane Carr 245-3725 driveacarr@...
G.J. Wildlife Area
Charlie Shannon 245-4456 westfo@...
Jim Liewer 243-7020 jcrlie@...
Bob Bradley 263-4613 azbradley@...
Rhone (aka Adobe Creek or DuPont)
Peter Robinson 241-3212 peterr@...
Tom Moran 243-9745 tmoran27@...
Harriet Stephens 858-0574 hstephens1@...
Geoff Tischbein 314-7424 geofft@...
Fran & Paul Didier 242-8643 didier@...
Grand Jct. North
Frank Coons 257-9096 drcoons@...
Grand Jct. South
Doug Shoffner 314-7751 eishky@...
Robert Magill 623-9369 a_sponsa@...
Cecilia Barr 241-3905 no e-mail
Ron Lambeth 245-4082 rolambeth@...
Lee Stigen 241-3905 no e-mail
Bob Moston 242-9443 bandjmost@...
Art Dahl 625-2695 adahl@...
- Here are the results of the Grand Junction Christmas Bird Count,
which was held on Sunday, December 14th.
This year the total number of species seen was 88, which was the
lowest year since 1989 when 87 were counted. The average over the
past 10 years was 102 and over the past 20 years was 99 species. The
highest count of all the years was in 2004, when we had 114 species.
There were 60 participants. We added one species to the count that
had not been seen on a Christmas Bird Count before: the White-winged
Dove. The dove was seen by someone at home, who lives within the 15
mile diameter circle, watching her feeder. Two species that we have
seen on the CBC in almost all recent years but not this year were the
Canyon Wren and the Brown Creeper. The Grand Junction CBC was
started in 1946 and was done in most years after that. Our records
also show that the count was done in 1923, 1924 and 1925 when they
counted 20, 23 and 15 species, respectively. 15 species was also the
lowest count we ever had. The average for all years from 1923 on is
69 species. This year was the 59th time that the Grand Junction CBC
Below is the list of birds seen and the count of each. If anyone has
any questions let me know.
Mesa Christmas Bird Count
On January 1st we will be doing the annual Mesa Christmas Bird
Count. We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Debeque cut-off on Route
65. Bob Moston will be the organizer and will assign those who show
up to teams that will cover the various parts of that circle. If you
are interested in joining this circle, just be there. There is no
need to notify anyone in advance. After the count our usual
procedure is to meet at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in the town of
Mesa on route 65 at 1:30 p.m. to compile the results and to have a
bite of lunch.
2008 Grand Junction CBC
Snow Goose 3
Cackling Goose 2
Canada Goose 4606
Wood Duck 81
American Wigeon 243
Northern Shoveler 3
Northern Pintail 11
Green-winged Teal 30
Ring-necked Duck 267
Lesser Scaup 6
Common Goldeneye 161
Hooded Merganser 17
Common Merganser 39
Ruddy Duck CW
Ring-necked Pheasant 7
Wild Turkey 1
Gambel's Quail 392
Pied-billed Grebe 12
Great Blue Heron 31
Bald Eagle 16
Northern Harrier 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8
Cooper's Hawk 14
Red-tailed Hawk (See Below) 67
Golden Eagle 6
American Kestrel 60
Peregrine Falcon CW
Prairie Falcon 2
Virginia Rail 4
American Coot 573
Sandhill Crane 291
Spotted Sandpiper 6
Wilson's Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
Rock Pigeon 1553
Eurasian Collared-Dove 202
White-winged Dove 2
Mourning Dove 2201
Western Screech-Owl 13
Great Horned Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 8
Lewis's Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 8
Northern Flicker 217
Say's Phoebe 2
Western Scrub Jay 6
Pinyon Jay 66
Black-billed Magpie 232
American Crow 30
Common Raven 116
Horned Lark 199
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Mountain Chickadee 1
Juniper Titmouse 10
Rock Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 11
Western Bluebird 61
Mountain Bluebird 284
Townsend's Solitaire 12
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 742
European Starling 12284
American Pipit 153
Cedar Waxwing 16
Yellow-rumped Warbler (See Below) 101
Spotted Towhee 39
Song Sparrow 683
Lincoln's Sparrow 4
White-crowned Sparrow 845
Dark-eyed Junco (see below) 1109
Red-winged Blackbird 735
Western Meadowlark 162
Brewer's Blackbird 175
Common Grackle CW
Great-tailed Grackle 160
Cassin's Finch 34
House Finch 2018
Pine Siskin 164
Lesser Goldfinch 12
American Goldfinch 98
House Sparrow 1405
TOTAL SPECIES 88
TOTAL BIRDS 41,607
SPECIES NOT SEEN, BUT
SEEN IN COUNT WEEK (CW) 3
Red-tailed Hawk Breakdown
Red-tailed Hawk 65
"Harlan's" Hawk 2
Total Red-tailed Hawks 67
Yellow-rumped Warbler Breakdown
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
"Audubon's" Warbler 96
Total Yellow-rumped Warblers 101
Dark-eyed Junco 351
"Gray-headed" junco 105
"Oregon" junco 425
"Pink-sided" Junco 217
"Slate-colored" junco 11
Total Juncos 1109