2016 Mid-Winter Count

On January 17th, 2016, nineteen members and friends of the Carroll County Bird Club participated in our annual Mid-Winter Count. They covered over 400 miles by car, foot, and bicycle. 16,238 individual birds belonging to 76 different species were reported.
The weather was relatively mild with some open water. This allowed us to add quite a number of waterfowl to our list, including Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Black Duck, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Green-winged Teal, American Coot, Common Loon, and Pied-billed Grebe.
Owls were also well represented. Counters reported four different species. These were Eastern Screech, Great Horned, Barred, and Short-eared.

We also had 35 Wild Turkeys which came close to our previous record of 39 in 2013. Most of the birds this year were seen by Bill Ellis on Geeting Road when a posse maneuvered around and over his car.

All seven species of woodpecker common to Carroll County were represented in the totals, however, this is pretty much the case for past Mid-Winter Counts.
Two Gray Catbirds were also located. This species had not been reported on one of our Mid-Winter Counts since 2007.

Overall, our total species count was low. Most years it runs in the high 70s to middle 80s. 2013 topped the charts with 90.
The top 20 species in term of numbers were as follows:
Common Grackle 4001
Canada Goose 2758
European Starling 2126
American Robin 1183
American Crow 1043
Dark-eyed Junco 500
White-throated Sparrow 485
Rock Pigeon 342
Mourning Dove 335
Turkey Vulture 311
Ring-necked Duck 244
Carolina Chickadee 21

House Sparrow 213
Northern Cardinal 206
Mallard 170
Ring-billed Gull 147
Eastern Bluebird 145
Tufted Titmouse 133
American Goldfinch 114
Carolina Wren 95

Carroll County Chapter of Maryland Ornithological Society

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