The species below were reported for the Ithaca “Christmas” Bird Count on 1 Jan 2018. For ease in tallying the number of species they are in groups of five species at a time here. * new high count ** new to the Ithaca CBC Species found by a single party in a single place are so credited. I’m still working on this, so please correct me where info is wrong and inform me where info is missing.
12 Snow Goose 1 Cackling Goose (Ken Rosenberg, East Shore Park, Ithaca) 5784 Canada Goose * 7 Mute Swan (Jessie Barry & Chris Wood, Stewart Park, Ithaca) 12 Tundra Swan 7 Gadwall 2 American Wigeon 18 American Black Duck 635 Mallard 3 Northern Pintail (Kevin McGowan, Ladoga, Lansing) 2 Green-winged Teal (Kevin McGowan, Ladoga, Lansing) 57 Canvasback * 16,401 Redhead * 250 Ring-necked Duck ** 1 Tufted Duck (Stuart Krasnoff, SW Cayuga Lake, Ithaca) 9 Greater Scaup (may be revised: Jessie Barry & Chris Wood saw 30 at Stewart Park, Ithaca) * 501 Lesser Scaup 1 Surf Scoter (by Kevin McGowan & Stephanie Herrick, East Shore Park, Ithaca) * 7 White-winged Scoter * 47 Long-tailed Duck 5 Bufflehead * 204 Common Goldeneye 2 Hooded Merganser (by Stuart Krasnoff, SW Cayuga Lake, Ithaca) * 216 Common Merganser *21 Red-breasted Merganser 2 Ruddy Duck (may be revised: Ann Mitchell saw 4, SW Cayuga Lake, Ithaca) 1 Ruffed Grouse (by John Fitzpatrick along Cascadilla Cr, Caroline/Dryden) 65 Wild Turkey 1 Red-throated Loon (Ken Rosenberg & Paul Rodewald, Stewart Park, Ithaca) 1 Common Loon (by whom where in area 7 on west side of lake?) 4 Horned Grebe 1 Double-crested Cormorant (Ken Rosenberg & Paul Rodewald, Stewart Park, Ithaca) 2 Great Blue Heron ** 3 Black Vulture (Anne Clark at roost north of Dryden Rd west of Forest Home Dr, Varna, Dryden) 26 Turkey Vulture 3 Northern Harrier 6 Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 Cooper’s Hawk * 14 Bald Eagle 114 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Rough-legged Hawk (Bill Evans, Sandbank Rd, Ithaca) 216 Ring-billed Gull 1006 Herring Gull 2 Iceland Gull (Ken Rosenberg & Paul Rodewald, Stewart Park, Ithaca) 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Ken Rosenberg & Paul Rodewald, Allan Treman State Park, Ithaca) 140 Great Black-backed Gull 737 Rock Pigeon 723 Mourning Dove 30 Eastern Screech-Owl 6 Great Horned Owl 1 Barred Owl (John Fitzpatrick along Cascadilla Cr, Caroline/Dryden) 1 Northern Saw-whet Owl (Ann Mitchell, Caswell Rd, Dryden) 1 Belted Kingfisher (Marie Read near Mt Pleasant, Dryden) 1 Red-headed Woodpecker (Tom Schulenberg in Palmer Woods, Cayuga Hts, Cornell U, Ithaca) 219 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 357 Downy Woodpecker 162 Hairy Woodpecker 12 Northern Flicker 28 Pileated Woodpecker 2 American Kestrel 2 Peregrine Falcon 1032 Blue Jay 1686 American Crow 2 Fish Crow (Paul Rodewald near NYS-13 & Third Street, Ithaca; may be revised: Kevin McGowan reported 3 on Washington Street, Ithaca) 22 Common Raven 91 Horned Lark 1516 Black-capped Chickadee 312 Tufted Titmouse 10 Red-breasted Nuthatch 272 White-breasted Nuthatch 19 Brown Creeper 2 Winter Wren 34 Carolina Wren 32 Golden-crowned Kinglet 74 Eastern Bluebird 1 Hermit Thrush (Larry Hymes, East Ithaca Recreationway, Ithaca) 14 American Robin 14 Northern Mockingbird 2345 European Starling 68 Cedar Waxwing 882 Snow Bunting 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler 345 American Tree Sparrow * 1514 Dark-eyed Junco * 9 White-crowned Sparrow 213 White-throated Sparrow 1 Savannah Sparrow (Kevin McGowan, Blackchin Dr, Lansing) 67 Song Sparrow 7 Swamp Sparrow 1 Eastern Towhee (Steve Kress, Snyder Hill Rd, Caroline) 402 Northern Cardinal 12 Red-winged Blackbird (Sarah Wagner, Sapsucker Woods, Lansing/Dryden/Ithaca) 2 Rusty Blackbird (Tracy McLellan, Lansing Center Trail, Lansing) 3 Brown-headed Cowbird House Finch (number not final at tally) 22 Purple Finch ** European Goldfinch (Bob McGuire, Whitted Rd, Dryden) 459 American Goldfinch 449 House Sparrow 100 species found on count day. 2 more species found during start of count week (Dec 29, 30, & 31): Pied-billed Grebe Common Grackle Species missed on the count, but found previous years and seem plausible. Please especially report these species if they are found in the count circle during the rest of Count Week (Jan 2, 3, or 4): Greater White-fronted Goose (6 were at Stewart Park on 24 Dec) Ross’s Goose (5 were at Stewart Park on 24 Dec) Brant Wood Duck Northern Shoveler Black Scoter Ring-necked Pheasant (not near Game Farm with plastic nasal clip) Red-necked Grebe Golden Eagle Northern Goshawk Red-shouldered Hawk Killdeer Bonaparte’s Gull Glaucous Gull (1 was on red lighthouse breakwater on 24 Dec) Snowy Owl Long-eared Owl Short-eared Owl Merlin Northern Shrike (1 was on Irish Settlement Rd on 26 Dec) Ruby-crowned Kinglet Gray Catbird American Pipit (but found by Kevin McGowan just outside count circle at Myers/Salt Point, Lansing) Lapland Longspur Chipping Sparrow Field Sparrow Fox Sparrow Common Redpoll Pine Siskin That’s my notes from the tally last night plus a bit of eBird research. I’ll try to get the 2018 Basin list up soon. 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