Volunteers on Christmas Bird Count identify 85 species on December 27th.  Seventeen keen birders were divided into seven areas, counting birds from dawn to dusk.

 

  Highlights of the count included birds not usually seen in December, notably an immature Purple Gallinule in Devonshire Marsh, a Yellow-throated Vireo and Summer Tanager at the Arboretum with a further two tanagers at Ferry Point Park. Spittal Pond, widely regarded as the premier birding location in Bermuda, hosted an impressive 46 species, including a flock of twelve Hooded Mergansers. On the count day itself, 85 species were seen and over 7,000 individual birds recorded. This was slightly down on the 93 species recorded last year, but unsurprising in view of light rain during the day and one fewer recording group. Three additional species were seen in count week which includes three days on either side of count day.  The most numerous species was the European Starling, followed by House Sparrow and Mourning Dove. Over 1,000 individuals were seen for each of these species. Other highlights this year included the occurrence two Snow Geese and two Brant Geese.

 

 

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Photos courtesy of Andrew Dobson, Paul Watson, Chris Burville, Ras Mykkal, Jennifer Gray, Rosalind Wingate, Rick Slaughter and others.

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