Posted by: PMGDD | January 18, 2021

Miramichi Christmas Bird Count 2020-21

I know this will be a double posting for some. Peter

From: Pam Watters <>
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 10:24 AM
To: Pamela Watters <>
Subject: Miramichi Christmas Bird Count

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Miramichi Christmas Bird/Mammal Count – your input is greatly appreciated!

The results of the count can be found on the Nature Miramichi website at the link below (scroll down to Christmas Bird Counts). Also included is a table of CBC results from 1972 to present. These results have been sent to the NB provincial CBC coordinator as well as entered into the Audubon database.

We found 36 species on count day which is a great number for our count – since the river was partially open, several waterfowl species were recorded, and there are quite a few finch species around this year. We also recorded 9 extra species during count week (December 17-23), and 5 extra species during count period (December 14-January 5). This brings the total for the count period to 50, which is the highest number ever recorded since our count started in 1972.

A beautiful male Hooded Merganser was seen in the open water under the Napan bridge – this is the first time we’ve ever had a Hooded Merganser on the count.

Other highlights on count day were a female Baltimore Oriole visiting a feeder in Millbank, and a Rough-legged Hawk – these species have only been recorded once on previous CBCs.

There is quite an influx of Northern Cardinals in the area this year. We recorded 7, our highest number to date, and that is only from 1 feeder report! I know that there are many others around (and I’m hoping that one will visit my feeders!).

A Tufted Titmouse was photographed in Loggieville during count week. As far as I know, this is the first time this species has been recorded in the county – quite an amazing sighting. Unfortunately, it only stayed around for one day.

Other noteworthy species seen during the count period include Red-bellied Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Rusty Blackbird and a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Enjoy the winter birds that are here – it’s a good winter for Common Redpolls, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskins, Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, and Bohemian Waxwings!

Good birding everyone!


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