by Craig Hohenberger
The 42nd annual Bigfork Christmas Bird Count was held Saturday, December 19th, under cloudy skies with snow late in the day, and temperatures of 27-35º. Thirty volunteer participants counted 12,911 individual birds of 83 species, plus another three species seen count week but not on count day.
While we found no species that were new to the count, however, two Pacific Loons were re-found at Wayfarer’s SP, three Gray-crowned Rosy Finches (only 2nd time on the count), and one Western Meadowlark on the north shore of Flathead Lake. We had record high numbers of another three species: Pacific Loon (2); Bufflehead (269), and Northern Pygmy-Owl (10). Other count week species included American Kestrel, Spotted Towhee, and Brown-headed Cowbird.
Thank you to all the great participants who helped make this a wonderful count! Contact: Craig Hohenberger, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Great Blue Heron||16|
|Red-tailed (Harlan's) Hawk||2|
|Great Horned Owl||2|
|American Tree Sparrow||1|
|Gray-crowned Rosy Finch||3|