I will get my effort sheet to you this afternoon or tomorrow

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On Dec 17, 2019, at 9:25 AM, Taylor Sturm 
<tjst...@gmail.com<mailto:tjst...@gmail.com>> wrote:

The 57th Captree Christmas Bird Count, in southwestern Suffolk County, was 
conducted on Sunday, December 15th, 2019.  While the sixty-one CBC participants 
had to deal with blustery 20-25 mph westerly winds, the weather was otherwise 
very enjoyable with temperatures in the 40's under partly-cloudy skies.  
Despite the wind, 29,427 individual birds of an impressive 127 species were 
counted.  This total is 10 species greater than last year, and well above the 
57-year average of 116 species and ten-year average of 118.

A sampling of our more unusual species (ordered somewhat taxonomically):

Barnacle Goose - Belmont
Virginia Rail - Seatuck
Long-billed Dowitcher - Gardiner
American Woodcock - Heckscher
Wilson's Snipe - behind Xpressions Adult Store, Connetquot
Common Murre - Fire - second count record
Thick-billed Murre - Fire
Iceland Gull - Belmont
Rough-legged Hawk - Jones
Northern Saw-whet Owl - East
Eastern Phoebe - Seatuck
Tree Swallow - Heckscher
Marsh Wren - East
4 Eastern Bluebirds - Connetquot
Rusty Blackbird - East
American Redstart - East - first count record (#245) that likely deserved the 
coveted "Best Bird of the Count" award, which was awarded to Common Murre.
(Western) Palm Warbler - North
3 Pine Warblers - North
Common Yellowthroat - Heckscher
2 Orange-crowned Warblers - North and Seatuck
3 Eastern Meadowlarks - Heckscher

In addition, a Northern Shrike in Heckscher SP, which was unfortunately not 
seen on the count, was observed the prior day (count week) and would be a 128th 
species for the period.

Echoing a previous listserve post by Shai Mitra, there was an impressive, but 
ephemeral, flight of 647 Razorbills that included individuals of both Murre 
species at Robert Moses SP.  This did not beat last year's high of 1,145 birds, 
but it is well above the third-place maximum of 12 Razorbills.  Other new 
maxima included 9 Common Ravens, 19 Chipping Sparrows, and 3 Pine Warblers.

While some numbers were low, we luckily managed to avoid any real unbelievable 
misses (at least by recent standards).  Some of the more regular birds for this 
count that we did miss included American Pipit and Bald Eagle, the latter being 
nearly expected due to their recent regularity at Connetquot River SP.

After many years at Villa Monaco, the compilation dinner this year was held at 
Sea Levels Restaurant in Brightwaters.  The compilation was cheerful and fun, 
with participants enjoying good food and drink with friends and team-members.  
Hopefully this location will be our new home for the compilation.  We are very 
grateful for the generosity of the Great South Bay Audubon Society, whose 
contribution again reduced the cost of the meal for our participants.

Finally, we extend our sincerest gratitude to Pat Lindsay and Shai Mitra, who 
compiled the Captree CBC for over a decade.  Many of the things that make this 
count so great are owed to them, and we hope to keep the traditions going.

We will finalize the results in the coming days and share them with Great South 
Bay Audubon and anyone else who requests a summary.

Thank you to all who joined!

Taylor Sturm and Brent Bomkamp

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