2015 Mid-Winter


The Carroll County Bird Club Mid-Winter Count was held on Saturday, January 17th, 2015. In a Winter where the weather had been notoriously bad, we lucked out. It was cold, but it didn’t snow! Twenty observers in ten different parties covered 34 miles on foot and 277.9 miles by car to record 13,562 individual birds making up 79 species.

Almost half the number of individuals was made up of Canada Geese. As such, this species landed at the head of our top twenty list below. Write-ins included Snow Goose, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, and Merlin.

Thanks to everyone who counted! Special thanks to Amy Hoffman who hosted the tally rally at her home in Sykesville.

Top Twenty Count Birds in Terms of Number of Individuals

Canada Goose 5526
European Starling 1708
American Crow 1093
White-throated Sparrow 489
American Robin 388
Mallard 384
Dark-eyed Junco 370
Ring-billed Gull 295
Mourning Dove 255
Turkey Vulture 250
Song Sparrow 244
Rock Pigeon 214
Northern Cardinal 186
Carolina Chickadee 173
Blue Jay 151
Eastern Bluebird 139
Cedar Waxwing 125
Black Vulture 115
Ring-necked Duck 113
Tufted Titmouse 108

Carroll County Chapter of Maryland Ornithological Society

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