by Pete Fisher
The 17th annual Kalispell CBC was held on January 3, 2016. Forty-one intrepid field observers braved single digit temperatures to count 78 species of bird. Five feeder watchers contributed data as well.
A major highlight was a dark-phase Gyrfalcon found at West Valley Ponds (junction of West Springcreek Road and Clark Road). The Gyr is only the third ever for this CBC!
Also, three new species were added to the Kalispell CBC list. These included Snow Goose, Cackling Goose and Red-breasted Merganser. This brings the all-time total number of species to 125!
Many all-time records were broken as well. We counted the most ever Bald Eagles (100), Sharp-shinned Hawks (15), Ring-necked Pheasants (225), Wild Turkeys (369), Eurasian Collared Doves (598), Downy Woodpeckers (75), Blue Jays (57), Chestnut-backed Chickadees (6), Western Meadowlarks (7), Brewer’s Blackbirds (100), and Common Redpolls (867).
Thanks to all that participated!
Total species: 78
Total birds: 19,380
|Great Blue Heron||6|
|Eurasian Collared Dove||598|
|Great Horned Owl||4|
|Northern Pygmy Owl||2|
|American Tree Sparrow||17|