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Annual Bird Reports

December 1999 to February 2000

December and the first half of January saw very dry conditions with above average temperatures. January 1st hit 75.4 deg. F (24.1 deg. C). Since mid-January, temperatures have been below average with above average amounts of rainfall. The temperature on January 15th fell to 44.9 deg. F (7.2 deg. C) – the lowest for 50 years. There have been some unseasonal and unusual reports – birds normally found further north or to our south, as well as some arrivals from the other side of the Atlantic.

Petrels to Terns

The first Cahows of the new millennium have already hatched. The exciting news concerning Cahows is the increasing frequency with which they are being seen during the late afternoon from vantage points such as Cooper’s Point. A Brown Pelican has spent much of the winter here, delighting many observers. First seen in the Great Sound on March 29th (MW) it has favoured Harrington Sound and the vicinity of Spanish Point. A Magnificent Frigatebird can pass through Bermuda at any time, but one seen on Jan.8th (AD, KD) at Dockyard was unusual in that it stayed for at least five days. Two European duck species arrived this year. A female Eurasian Wigeon appeared at Camden Marsh on Jan.28th (EA) - present into March, while a much rarer Tufted Duck was identified at Warwick Pond on March 5th (AD). This bird is still present at the time of writing and the handsome black and white duck is the first adult male to be recorded in Bermuda. There have only been three previous records, all in the 1990’s, involving brown females or immatures. Unusual wintering shorebirds included a Greater Yellowlegs and a Long-billed Dowitcher at Pitman’s Pond in Somerset. A single Dunlin was regularly seen at Spittal Pond or at the airport. Lesser Black-backed Gulls are now regular each winter with a high count this year of at least seven individuals on Feb.13th (IF, PW) at the West End. A Forster’s Tern graced Great Bay St. David’s on Jan.28th (DW) where it remained to be joined by another on Feb.2nd.

Owls to Redpolls

While scanning for Cahows off Cooper’s Point on Jan.30th, SD and DW stumbled upon a Short-eared Owl and Northern Shrike. That presumed same shrike stayed in the East End into March and was heard singing at Lover’s Lake on Mar.9th (WF). A Yellow-throated Vireo was an unusual winter sighting on Jan.5th at Ocean View GC (WF). A Horned Lark was amongst a flock of Snow Buntings at the Civil Air Terminal on Feb.12th (IF). Kinglets are always few and far between. The Golden-crowned Kinglet is not recorded every year, so one at Port Royal GC on Jan.23rd (AD) was a good find. American Pipits always seen to favour the short grass of the airport. Three on Dec.4th (DW) had increased to nine by Jan.16th. About 22 warbler species were recorded this winter. The most surprising was a Yellow Warbler seen at St. George’s Cemetery on Feb.16th (PW, IF, DW). Also unseasonal was a Summer Tanager in the Arboretum from Dec.14th to 18th (IF, PW). There was a large influx of Snow Buntings this winter. The highest count was 103 at Clearwater on dec.7th (SD). The rare Pine Grosbeak that arrived on Nov.14th (JM, LM) was still present in the Somerset area in until January. Common Redpolls also arrived. A flock of 15 in St. David’s on Dec.6th (DW) was still present in January.

Many thanks to the following for their sightings: Eric Amos, Andrew and Katrina Dobson, Steven DeSilva, Ian Fisher, Wendy Frith, Jeremy and Leila Madeiros, Paul Watson, Mark Wood and David Wingate.

March and April

Departing birds: The unusual but confiding female Eurasian Wigeon was last seen on 14th April at Camden Marsh while the drake Tufted Duck with obvious ‘tuft’ moved from Warwick Pond to Spittal Pond where it was last seen on 29th April. The Short-eared Owl seen occasionally in the Cooper's Island area was last seen at Cooper's Point on 8th March. A Horned Lark was still present at the Civil Air Terminal on 9th March, while five Snow Buntings were at the same location on 22nd March. The Summer Tanager discovered at the Arboretum in February was still there on 15th March. Three Savannah Sparrows still remained at Kindley Field on 4th May.

Spring Migrants: Mid-March witnessed a good passage of pelagic seabirds. Manx Shearwaters were moving eastwards at up to 40 per hour on 17th March accompanied by the occasional Cory’s Shearwater. To see storm-petrels it is necessary to go well off-shore. A Wilson’s Storm-Petrel was seen during a whale-watching trip some 11 miles to the southwest just off Challenger Bank on 22nd April. A Brown Pelican (presumably a different bird to the one much earlier in the year) flew past the former Club Med property on 21st April. A Purple Gallinule was present during most of April at Paget Marsh Pond. A Killdeer was seen at St. Georges Dairy on 19th April. A calling Sooty Tern was a great find in the Castle Harbour Islands on 30th March, while a more expected tern - a Royal Tern was in the same vicinity between 8-20th April. Another scarce tern, the Least Tern was in Stocks Harbour on 28-29th April. A passage of Jaegers (Pomarine, Parasitic and Long-tailed) was noted on 16th April from the South Shore – some in pursuit of terns (probably Arctic Tern). A single Eastern Kingbird was watched fly-catching from the airport fence at Clearwater on 8th April while a rare spring migrant, a Grey Kingbird, was at The Talbot Estate on 7th May. Small numbers of Purple Martins and Barn Swallows have been seen throughout April, but a flock of nine Bank Swallows at Seymour’s Pond on 21st April is probably a spring maxima for this species. Three Chimney Swifts were seen flying over Jenningsland on 29th April and a further two were flying over Cedar Grove fields on 31st April. Having previously been seen alive, a dead Grey-cheeked Thrush was taken from a cat in Smith's Parish on 5th May. An American Robin was in full voice in Jenningsland on 17th March. Cedar Waxwings obviously arrived during April with flocks reported in a number of localities including 16 flying above acrobats at the Agricultural Show on 28th April. Jenningsland hosted a Red-eyed Vireo on 23rd April. The Botanical Gardens was the location for a much sort after spring migrant – a male Scarlet Tanager, which was noted on 21st April. A bright male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was seen at Port Royal golf course on 1st April with two more at the end of the month in Jenningsland. On a somber note, the passage of spring shorebirds has almost been non-existent. There are never many warbler species passing through at this time of the year, but they have also been extremely difficult to find. A male Black-throated Blue Warbler is very unusual in the spring, but one was present in the Riddell’s Bay mangroves on 5th May. A singing Dickcissel was a real surprise on 2nd April in Paget.

Summer arrivals: With Cahows established on their nest sites since the beginning of the year, only two other bird species return to Bermuda to breed in the summer months. The Longtail (White-tailed Tropicbird) arrived in small numbers in February but by March and into April were a common sight around our coastline. The Common Tern has become the scarcest of our three breeding bird species. Only about twenty pairs breed and the first returning bird was noted on 1st April at Grotto Bay.

Finally, many people have commented on seeing a Flamingo at Warwick Pond. This bird is the one that has been at Spittal Pond for many years, an escapee from the zoo collection. The bird often seems to get restless at this time of year and has been commuting regularly between the two ponds.

                                           

June: The summer is something of a nadir for birds, between the spring and fall migrations. The resident birds are attempting to raise young and keep cool, while most local birders are similarly seeking the shade, the sea or birding overseas! Man’s migratory pattern is opposite to that of birds – a mass movement in the summer and winter for holiday relaxation. David Wingate and Jeremy Madeiros were honoured to guide two distinguished tourists around Nonsuch Island in June. President Jimmy Carter and his wife were able to add Cahow to their life lists on June 8th and just for good measure recorded Bermuda’s first summering record of Double-crested Cormorant. Unfortunately this bird was found dying in Tucker’s Town on July 9th entangled in fishing line. A Royal Tern was seen at Elbow Beach on June10th and 11th. Also in mid-June, Greater and Cory’s Shearwaters could still be seen passing northeastwards off the South Shore. Non-resident summering birds include Great Blue Herons, Green Heron (2), Osprey (2), American Coot, Whimbrel (8) and an immature Great Black-backed Gull. Very intriguing was the sight of a displaying Green Heron (with another male heard) on 12th South Pond. One was still present on 30th July but there was no evidence of breeding.

July: Fall migration is far more evident from August but there are always some early arrivals in July. This year was no exception with a Belted Kingfisher on Nonsuch on July 2nd. The first shorebirds soon followed with a Black-necked Stilt in the company of a Lesser Yellowlegs at Spittal Pond on July 4th. The last remaining Cahow departed on July 10th. The first migrant warbler was predictably a Louisiana Waterthrush in Jenningsland on July 18th. At the end of July and the beginning of August there was a large fall of Barn Swallows. Certainly the largest influx in recent memory, they were found in every part of the island and day counts of 100 birds could easily be made.

August: A Common Nighthawk seen neat Shelly Bay on August 1st remained for several days. A Bridled Tern in Castle Roads on August 4th may prove to be the bird of the fall. Although it only lingered for a short time, it was the first record since 1978. Throughout August the expected species of shorebirds and warblers arrived for a brief stopover. One good "tern" deserves another, and an “all black” Black Tern in Castle Harbour on August 18th duly obliged. A Peregrine Falcon was at the same location on August 19th. Also on the 19th, a Black-billed Cuckoo on Nonsuch Island, and an endangered Piping Plover at Castle Harbour.

September: A flock of American Black Ducks flying over Eastern Blue Cut on Sept.5th is the earliest fall date for that species. The water level in ponds around the island has been very high his year, providing little mud-flat habitat for shorebirds. The brief exposure of mud at the eastern end of Warwick Pond from 6th to 8th Sept. did provide a feeding area for a daily count of 100 small peeps, mostly Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers. Views of a possible female Painted Bunting at Bartram's pond on Sept.9th proved inconclusive. However, THE birding event of the season was the fall out from “Florence” – a minimal Category 1 hurricane that passed to our northwest in the early hours of Sept. 16th. This "gale-in-the-night" (rather than "nightingale") was followed closely by a cold front, the combination of the two weather systems producing one of the best fall-out of warblers in many years. During the following days, mixed flocks of warbler species could be found around the island especially in casuarina trees and mangroves. Most evident were Black-and-white Warblers and American Redstarts amongst over 30 warbler species recorded at that time. Species such as Blackburnian Warbler and Chestnut-sided Warbler, usually hard to find in the fall, were easily found in a variety of locations. Although warblers may have stolen the limelight, other avian delights were to be found in overgrown fields such as those at Hog Bay Park. At least 300 Bobolinks were seen feeding in pumpkin fields with up to 25 Baltimore Orioles on Sept.18th (probably a record day count for the latter species). Newly arrived shorebirds also found the refuge of Bermuda, establishing themselves on golf course fairways in particular. Of note were sightings of separate Ruff at St.George's Dairy and Mid-Ocean golf course on Sept.16th and a rarely recorded species, Baird's Sandpiper, at the airport on the same day. A Northern Harrier was also at this east end location on Sept.19th. A flock of 30 Cliff Swallows at St. George's dairy coincided with the arrival of a cold front weather system on Sept.27th. What will October bring?

Many thanks to the following for their sightings: Eric Amos, Jimmy Carter, Bobbii Cartwright, Andrew Dobson, Graham Lamb, Jeremy and Leila Madeiros, Ron Porter, Paul Watson, Martin Wernart and David Wingate.

October to November 2000

October was one of the wettest on record with 8.72 inches of rain. One casualty of the weather was the cancellation of the annual bird watching camp, not once, but twice! Nevertheless – an impressive 137 species were recorded on the October World Bird Count. Wet weather continued into November with another 3 inches of rain in the first two weeks. So what did all this wet weather bring us?

Cahow to Herons:

The most alarming report of the month concerned the finding of Cahow remains on the Baselands on 2nd Dec. (DBW) almost certainly the result of a Peregrine Falcon kill. A probable Northern Gannet flew along North Shore on 24th Nov. (SD). Many Great Blue Herons arrived on 22nd Nov. including 15 at Spittal Pond and 6 on Nonsuch (DBW)

Wildfowl:

Perhaps the highlight of the season was the arrival of four Brant Geese at St. George's Dairy on 31st Oct. (LG). All immatures of the B.b.horta race, only two remained after 2nd Nov. There have only been three previous records of Brant Geese since the first was recorded in the mid-1960s. Jubilee Road attracted a Canada Goose on 2nd Nov. (AD) which was relocated on Port Royal GC in the company of an adult Snow Goose. The latter goose first arrived at Somerset Long Bay on 17th Nov. (DW). An immature Snow Goose was recorded in St. George’s Harbour later in the month (PW). There were 13 Green-winged Teal in Devonshire Marsh and a further 32 on Spittal Pond on 22nd Nov. (DBW) but most had departed the following day. A drake Eurasian Wigeon (JM) was on Nonsuch Island freshwater pond on 14th Nov. More than a dozen duck species had been recorded by the end of November. American Coot numbers grew steadily during November, with over 120 on Spittal Pond and 40 in Devonshire Marsh.

Shorebirds to Gulls:

With the large amount of rainfall, flooded areas have seen the prolonged stay of many shorebird species. The flooded fields along Jubilee Road have hosted a wide range of species well into November, including: Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper and Pectoral Sandpiper. On 21st Oct. there were 26 Common Snipe at the same location – many more were probably hidden out of sight. A first-winter Black-headed Gull was on the Dockyard jetty 22nd Oct (AD)

Flicker to Pipits:

A Northern Flicker was a surprise on Vesey Street on 31st Oct. (JM). An Eastern Wood-Pewee was at Fort Scaur on 25th Oct. (AD). An Eastern Phoebe was in Devonshire Marsh on 1st Dec. (DBW). Also at Fort Scaur, a Great Crested Flycatcher on 24th Nov. (SF). The flycatcher of the fall was an Ash-throated Flycatcher (MW), only the third ever recorded in Bermuda. First seen on 21st Nov., it was still present in mid-Dec. Kingbirds have been scarce, but all three species turned up at Mid-Ocean GC. Western Kingbird 12th Oct. (AD), Eastern Kingbird (DBW) and Gray Kingbird (DBW). Both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were present at Spittal Pond on 1st Dec. (DBW). Thrush species have been very difficult to find, so a Swainson's Thrush in Jenningsland on 8th Oct. is noteworthy (JM). Fewer of the less common migrant vireos have been reported this year. A Yellow-throated Vireo was present in Jenningsland from 6th to 12th Oct. (JM) with another at the Bio Station on 1st Dec. A flock of 20 American Pipits was seen at the airport on 5th Nov. (AD).

Warblers to Buntings:

Swainson's Warbler's were reported from a number of locations including Port Royal on 4th Oct. (AD), Hog Bay Park on 25th Oct. (AD) and Spittal Pond on 2nd Nov. (AD). Late reports of Kentucky Warblers suggest that they may over-winter. One was at Hog Bay on 13th Nov. (WF) with another in Smiths Parish on 10th Nov. (JM). Yellow-breasted Chats are always scarce but one was seen at Fort Scaur on 1st Nov. (WF). Of the 38 species of warblers to have been recorded in Bermuda, the only species not recorded this year was Townsend's Warbler (an extreme rarity). Fall migration also witnesses the passage of migrant sparrows, some of which will over-winter. Reports this season include the regulars like Chipping, Savannah, Grasshopper, Lincoln’s and White-throated as well as the less common including Clay-coloured Sparrow on 8th Oct. at Hog Bay Park (AD), White-crowned in late Oct. at Port Royal GC (MA), Fox Sparrow on 13th Nov. in Hog Bay Park (WF), Swamp at the Bio Station on 1st Dec. and single Vesper Sparrows on 13th Nov. at Hog Bay Park (WF) and 2nd Dec. on the Baselands (DBW). The first Snow Bunting was reported from Clearwater on 31st Oct. (PW).

Also of note in the migration season was a Question Mark butterfly in Somerset on 14th Nov. (DW) – a very rare migrant to Bermuda.

Many thanks to those who have contributed their sightings: Marc Allaire, Eric Amos, Bobbii Cartwright. Andrew Dobson, Lisa Greene, Stephen Furbert, Peter Holmes, Bruce Lorhan, Jeremy and Leila Madeiros, Penny Soares, David Wallace (DW), Paul Watson, Martin Wernaart, David Wingate (DBW)

The 26th Annual Christmas Bird Count - Wednesday 27th December 2000

The weather so far this winter has been consistently wild to say the least. Cold fronts have been lining up one after another and zipping through the local area bringing days of rain and high winds. So with only a couple of reasonable (not in any way perfect) birding days occurring during the three week period of the 2000-2001 count, the fact that the count was able to be undertaken at all was most fortunate. The average temperature range during the 10 or more hours taken to complete the Bermuda Audubon Societies annual Christmas Bird Counts for the last 26 years has been 63-70°F and invariably there has been light winds and a fair amount of sun - ideal conditions for counting birds! Twelve birders in 10 parties braved cool temperatures (57.7-64°F), blustery winds (gusts up to 30 knots) and wet conditions to complete the 26th count. They were given some insight as to the conditions that many counters in the northern USA and Canada deal with regularly - and of course we saw no snow or ice! Nevertheless, although the promised sunny breaks for December 27th were few and far between and the isolated showers became more frequent during the afternoon, we did not do too badly to get a count of 84 species (the average being 88).

There were no real surprises even though Steven DeSilva’s Northern Shrike had not been recorded on count day before. Unfortunately many species known to be on Bermuda during the period managed to stay out of sight. One - the wintering Peregrine Falcon at the airport - was later to eat one of the two feral Budgerigars recorded there by Steven DeSilva! Other highlights include 7 Least Sandpipers found by Dave Wallace at Westover Farm - a new maxima for this species. The Brant at the St. George's Dairy was the second CBC listing for this small goose. 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls eclipsed the old record by 4, while the 17 Whimbrels at the airport matched last years record count. 2 Purple Gallinules (Bruce Lohran/Jeremy Maderios) increased the maxima and the number of counts for this rather rare species by one. Jeremy’s Kentucky Warbler in Smiths Parrish was only the second one to make the count. Missing after 15 consecutive CBCs was the “Spittal Pond Flamingo”. This bird had escaped captivity at the Aquarium in February 1985 with several others when workmen felled a big ficus tree in the compound and it remained free after the others were taken back into custody. It was joined on Spittal Pond by another escapee in December 1986 and they remained inseparable until September 1995. Results of the Bermuda CBC are available to everyone at www.audubon.org/bird/cbc

January to August 1999

A Magnificent Frigatebird was in various locations 28-30 Mar. A Eurasian Teal was on Devonshire Marsh 20 Apr. A Franklin’s Gull was at Dockyard, Sandys in Feb. Two Glaucous Gulls were at Dockyard in Feb. A Gull-billed Tern was on Warwick Pond 8 Mar. A Black-whiskered Vireo was at Coral Beach Club 30 Mar-1 Apr (AD). A Red-breasted Nuthatch was in Jenningsland, Smiths 4 Aug. A Sharp-tailed Sparrow, the first record for Bermuda, was found in Cedar Grove fields, Southampton 13 Oct (EA).

 

September to November 1999

This year has not produced a classic fall of migrants. Some birders describe this fall as the worst ever, citing the lack of warbler numbers, very few empidonax flycatchers or thrushes, and few migrant sparrows. Part of the reason may lie in unfavourable weather systems to bring us these birds, but one worries about the loss of habitat in the wintering areas of warbler species. Nevertheless, there were some notable observations.

Grebes to Ducks:

A probable Eared Grebe was seen at Spittal Pond on 7th Nov., a species that has only been recorded in Bermuda once before. Cahows were back at their nesting grounds by mid-October just after the last sighting of a Longtail on 8th Oct. Double-crested Cormorants appear to have arrived in good numbers and have been seen throughout the islands. The long-staying White Ibis remains and a Glossy Ibis was seen flying over Camden Marsh on 7th Oct. Apart from the usual early arriving Blue-winged Teal, most ducks didn't arrive until early November, including Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye. A probable Eurasian Wigeon was on Nonsuch Island on 10th Nov.

Birds of Prey to Gulls:

Three Northern Harriers on 16th Oct. created a record day count. At Morgan's Point, Marc and Linda Allaire watched one being mobbed by a Merlin and an American Kestrel, while a Peregrine Falcon soared overhead. Two Sharp-tailed Hawks were seen together in Smiths Parish on 20th Oct. Highlights amongst the shorebirds included 19 Whimbrel at the Civil Air Terminal on 16th Oct., a new maxima? (most of these are still present). A Red Knot was located on Riddell's Bay G.C. on 20th Oct., prior to the arrival of Hurricane 'Gert'. The same location provided a range of shorebirds while the fairways remained flooded. Two Eurasian species attracted much attention - a Curlew Sandpiper (Bermuda’s 6th record) was discovered by Andrew Dobson on Mid-Ocean GC on 17th Sept. When it was relocated on Riddell's Bay GC, it was obvious that it was a different bird (Bermuda’s 7th). This was proved to be true when the two were seen together - the first time two have been present together in Bermuda. The last sighting was at Daniel's Head Farm on 1st Oct. Another trans-Atlantic vagrant, a Ruff, arrived in early September and was present until at least the 26th Sept. It was the star attraction for the society's September fieldtrip. Paul Watson flushed a rare American Woodcock from fields in Southampton on 28th Oct. A probable Franklin's Gull was at Dockyard on 11th Nov., while a Lesser Black-backed Gull on 4th Sept. was the earliest fall record ever. At least two Royal Terns arrived. One at Astwood Park on 19th Sept. was no doubt trying to outpace 'Gert', while another unfortunately died in captivity at BAMZ.

Owls to Warblers:

A Short-eared Owl sat close to Steven DeSilva and David Wingate as they scanned for Cahows from the end of Cooper’s Point on 9th Nov. Chimney Swifts are a regular spring migrant, with few being recorded in the fall. Therefore 14 observed on 23rd October was easily a maxima for the fall, including one flock of 12 over Jenningsland and off North Shore. A Great-crested Flycatcher was an exceptional visitor to Jenningsland on 19th Oct, but perhaps no surprise to the Madeiros’ garden! A Western Kingbird stayed near the Martello tower at Ferry Point for at least a week from 31st Oct. Migrant vireos were hard to find, apart from a scattering of Red-eyed Vireos. Two Warbling Vireos at Port Royal GC on 16th Oct. equalled the previous highest day count. The movement of swallows fizzled out after September and the number of thrushes, let alone thrush species, could be counted on one hand. Good numbers of Cedar Waxwings were seen throughout October. Two American Pipits were noted on Horn Rock on 6th Nov. Although there has been a late influx of Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers in November, the number of all warbler species is generally down. Of 38 warbler species on the Bermuda list, 35 species have been seen this fall. Sightings of single birds have included Yellow-breasted Chat, seen by most members of the Audubon bird camp on Oct.10th at Ferry Point. A Swainson’s Warbler was a new species for a number of local birders at Spittal Pond on 6/7th Nov.

Sparrows to Grosbeaks:

A Clay-coloured Sparrow at Hog Bay Park on 2nd Oct. was fine reward for those who had been making Longtail igloos during the afternoon. A Lark Sparrow on 25th Sept at Southside was a very lucky find for Paul Watson, only the 4th record of this species in Bermuda, but all of them in the 1990’s. One species, which arrived in very good numbers this season, was Indigo Bunting. Over 200 were present in the Talbot Estate fields on 8th Oct., almost certainly a new day maxima. Two Common Grackles provided a tantalising view for Eric Amos as they flew over St. George’s Harbour in Oct. November gales with cold fronts moving off the eastern seaboard often promise good birds, and this year has not disappointed. Penny Soares noted the first Snow Bunting on 8th Nov. near Shelly Bay. Further reports came in from various parts of the island with a flock of 37 at the airport on 9th Nov. There was also an influx of Common Redpolls, 35 being counted at Cooper's Island on 11th Nov. Perhaps the bird of the fall was a 'russet' Pine Grosbeak found by Jeremy and Leila Madeiros at Fort Scaur on 14th Nov. Only the fifth record for Bermuda and the first for 22 years, this exquisite bird provided stunning views.

On December 30th, 1999, 9 observers in 7 parties set out for a dawn to dusk count of all the birds they encountered throughout the length and breadth of Bermuda. We were participating in the U.S. National Audubon Society’s annual bird census which was celebrating its 100th count! During our quarter of a century of counts, 54 observers in 1050 hours have listed 221 species and 169,441 birds, while travelling 3138 miles. Although this year’s count was done in excellent weather conditions, we actually had the lowest number of species - 87 (the average being 95) and the lowest number of birds (7341) since 1989. Indeed it was certainly uneventful and nothing unexpected was turned up. Only seven species reached new record totals, while two species were new to the count (Long-billed Dowitcher and the now famous Brown Pelican). In fact two of the species have been counted in previous years: the Canada Goose at Camden Ditch (for the 4th time) and the feral flamingo at Spittal Pond was censused for 11th time! Another long-staying bird was also found for a 4th time -but sadly it was found dead at Devonshire Marsh - apparently poisoned (by chicken haters?). The count was however notable in that it was electronically sent to count HQ (via the Internet) and it was immediately published! Results of the Bermuda CBC are available to everyone at www.audubon.org/bird/cbc

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