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PROGRAMS

September 13— Bill Rapal—   Author of the Kirtland Warbler book

October11— Tom Hodgson —  Wildflowers of the Seasons

November 8— Michigan Bat Association—  Bats of the World- This is the year of the bat.

January 10— Doug Leffler— Birds, Birds, and why I got into birding.

February 8— Utah Wilderness and Land Conservation at Visa Grande Villa

March 14— Lori Sargent (DNR)—  Frogs and the Michigan Survey

April 11— Gary Siegrist and Lathe Claflin – Delaware: Red Knots & Horseshoe Crabs

*All programs held at Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History at 6:30  p.m,  unless otherwise noted.
*Please note: Meeting time change— social 6:30 p.m., meeting/program 7:00 p.m.  

   

JACKSON AUDUBON SOCIETY CHRISTMAS COUNTS PAGE

Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

The Jackson Audubon Society conducts an annual Christmas Bird Count each December, as part or the National Audubon count.  Our count area is the Waterloo State Recreation Area, centered on the corner of Mt. Hope and Seymour Rd

COUNT AREA MAP

DATA RETRIEVAL FROM NATIONAL AUDUBON CHRISTMAS COUNT DATABASE

2012 CHRISTMAS COUNT SUMMARY.

On December 15 , a record 39 eager birders ventured into the field for the 44th annual Waterloo Recreation Area Christmas Bird Count sponsored by Jackson Audubon. The Waterloo CBC count circle is located in the northeastern corner of Jackson County and extends into northwestern Washtenaw County and slightly into southeastern Ingham County.

The 71 species observed were just one below the record of 72 species counted in 2001. Many observers commented that the number of individual birds seemed low on this year’s count. The totals, however, revealed that we had a record number of individuals with 12,319 birds tallied for the day. The old record was 10,509 individual birds counted in 2007. An overview of the species totals will reveal that Canada Goose, Wild Turkey, Sandhill Crane, and Ring-billed Gull each recorded record high numbers, which contributed to the high number of individuals. Other species like Blue Jay, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, American Tree Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco were below average in numbers, which most likely attributed to the perception that overall numbers were low.

With the mild weather that was experienced in November and early December, it was no surprise that waterfowl featured many of the main highlights for the count. Almost all water was open, with just some shallow ponds and marshes frozen. One new species was added to the count list – a lone Cackling Goose was spotted at Haehnle Sanctuary with a flock of its larger Canada Geese cousins.

Most of the species counted in higher than average numbers were water related; geese, swans, ducks, cranes and gulls. Arriving at an accurate number for these species can be problematic since they can travel great distances and may be viewed by more than one group during the day. The total for Sandhill Cranes was adjusted because it is assumed that some of the birds seen in neighboring sections came from the roost sights at Haehnle Sanctuary and the Portage Lake marsh where they were counted. In addition to the Cackling Goose, waterfowl highlights were 3 Trumpeter Swans, 3 Gadwall (2nd time on count), 5 American Wigeon (2nd time on count), 17 Northern Shoveler (3rd time & 3rd year in a row), 5 Common Goldeneye, and 113 American Coots.

 One Ruffed Grouse was seen for the first Waterloo CBC record since 2001. A single Turkey Vulture gave us only the second record for the count. The first was in 2003. Other raptor highlights included 1 Northern Harrier, 2 Bald Eagles, and 1 Red-shouldered Hawk.

 Those who braved the cold pre-dawn hours in search of owls found them difficult to coax into responding, but did manage to hear 4 Eastern Screech-Owls, 8 Great Horned Owls, and 3 Barred Owls. At dusk a single Short-eared Owl was observed along Hawkins Road. Although the fields along Hawkins Road have been traditional late fall/early winter location for Short-eared Owls, this was only the 4th time this owl has been recorded on the CBC.

 A few other count highlights were 2 Northern Shrikes, 60 Horned Larks, 1 Winter Wren, 2 Hermit Thrushes, 1 Swamp Sparrow, 2 Red-winged Blackbird, 36 Rusty Blackbirds (1st record since 1999), and 1 Common Grackle. Although several species of winter finches and crossbills have been reported in surrounding areas this fall, our only representatives of these irruptive birds were 2 Purple Finches and 20 Pine Siskins. In addition to the 71 species tallied on count day, three other species were recorded in the CBC circle during count week which includes the three days before and after count day - Bonaparte's Gull, Red-headed Wood- pecker and Fox Sparrow.

A complete species list can be found online at:
//http://donsbirding.blogspot.com/2012/12/waterloo-rec-area-cbc-totals.htm/

Report from Count Compiler:: Don Henise 

2012 CHRISTMAS COUNT DETAILS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Count Name:

Waterloo State Recreation Area

Count Code:

MIWA

Count Date:

12/15/2012

# of Party Hours:

75.50

Species reported on count date:

71

 

 

Organizations & Sponsors:

Jackson Audubon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temperature

Minimum:

33.0 Fahrenheit

Maximum:

40.0 Fahrenheit

Wind Direction

Southeast

Wind Velocity

Minimum:

0.00 Miles/hour

Maximum:

12.00 Miles/hour

Snow Depth

Minimum:

0.00 Inches

Maximum:

0.00 Inches

Still Water

Partly Frozen

Moving Water

Open

 

AM and PM Conditions

Cloud Cover

AM:

Cloudy

PM:

Cloudy

AM Rain

Light,None

AM Snow

None

PM Rain

Light,None

PM Snow

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start & End Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start time

End time

05:00 AM

05:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observers

In Field

Total Number:

39

 

Minimum Number of Parties (daylight):

11

 

Maximum Number of Parties (daylight):

11

At Feeders

Total Number:

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Party Hours and Distance (excludes viewing at feeders and nocturnal birding)

By

Hours

Distance

Units

Foot

19.50

20.80

Miles

Car

56.00

534.50

Miles

Air

 

 

 

All-Terrain Vehicle

 

 

 

Bicycle

 

 

 

Dog Sled

 

 

 

Golfcart

 

 

 

Horseback

 

 

 

Motorized Boat

 

 

 

Non-Motorized Boat

 

 

 

Skis/Xc-Skis

 

 

 

Snowmachine

 

 

 

Snowshoe

 

 

 

Wheelchair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Time and Distance

 

Hours

Distance

Units

At Feeders

3.50

 

 

Nocturnal Birding

8.50

83.00

Miles

 

Total Party

75.50

555.30

Miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checklist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species

Number

Number/Party Hrs.

Flags

Editorial Codes

Cackling Goose

1

0.0132

US,

NC

Canada Goose

2596

34.3841

HC,

 

Mute Swan

86

1.1391

HC,

 

Trumpeter Swan

3

0.0397

 

 

Gadwall

3

0.0397

US,

 

American Wigeon

5

0.0662

US,

 

American Black Duck

26

0.3444

 

 

Mallard

684

9.0596

HC,

 

Northern Shoveler

17

0.2252

US, HC,

 

Bufflehead

74

0.9801

HC,

 

Common Goldeneye

5

0.0662

 

 

Hooded Merganser

45

0.5960

HC,

 

Ring-necked Pheasant

3

0.0397

LC

 

Ruffed Grouse

1

0.0132

 

 

Wild Turkey

248

3.2848

HC,

 

Great Blue Heron (Blue form)

11

0.1457

HC,

 

Turkey Vulture

1

0.0132

US,

 

Bald Eagle
 Adults:
 Immatures:
 Unknowns:

2

0.0265

 

 

Northern Harrier

1

0.0132

 

 

Sharp-shinned Hawk

2

0.0265

 

 

Cooper's Hawk

7

0.0927

 

 

Red-shouldered Hawk

1

0.0132

 

 

Red-tailed Hawk

41

0.5430

 

 

American Kestrel

11

0.1457

 

 

American Coot

113

1.4967

HC,

 

Sandhill Crane

2980

39.4702

HC,

 

Bonaparte's Gull

cw

0.0000

 

 

Ring-billed Gull

525

6.9536

HC,

 

Herring Gull

14

0.1854

 

 

gull sp.

4

0.0530

 

 

Rock Pigeon

75

0.9934

 

 

Mourning Dove

932

12.3444

 

 

Eastern Screech-Owl

4

0.0530

 

 

Great Horned Owl

8

0.1060

 

 

Barred Owl

3

0.0397

HC,

 

Short-eared Owl

1

0.0132

US,

 

Belted Kingfisher

5

0.0662

 

 

Red-headed Woodpecker

cw

0.0000

 

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

72

0.9536

 

 

Downy Woodpecker

99

1.3113

 

 

Hairy Woodpecker

18

0.2384

 

 

Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker

18

0.2384

 

 

Pileated Woodpecker

5

0.0662

 

 

Northern Shrike

2

0.0265

 

 

Blue Jay

216

2.8609

 

 

American Crow

334

4.4238

 

 

Horned Lark

60

0.7947

 

 

Black-capped Chickadee

299

3.9603

 

 

Tufted Titmouse

101

1.3377

 

 

Red-breasted Nuthatch

13

0.1722

HC,

 

White-breasted Nuthatch

107

1.4172

 

 

Brown Creeper

4

0.0530

 

 

Carolina Wren

5

0.0662

HC,

 

Winter Wren

1

0.0132

 

 

Golden-crowned Kinglet

3

0.0397

 

 

Eastern Bluebird

140

1.8543

 

 

Hermit Thrush

2

0.0265

 

 

American Robin

14

0.1854

LC

 

European Starling

523

6.9272

 

 

Cedar Waxwing

175

2.3179

 

 

American Tree Sparrow

274

3.6291

 

 

Song Sparrow

10

0.1325

 

 

Swamp Sparrow

1

0.0132

 

 

White-throated Sparrow

1

0.0132

 

 

Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco

201

2.6623

 

 

Northern Cardinal

167

2.2119

 

 

Red-winged Blackbird

2

0.0265

 

 

Rusty Blackbird

36

0.4768

 

 

Common Grackle

1

0.0132

 

 

Purple Finch

2

0.0265

 

 

House Finch

116

1.5364

 

 

Pine Siskin

20

0.2649

 

 

American Goldfinch

280

3.7086

 

 

House Sparrow

457

6.0530

 

 

Total Individuals

12317

 

 

 

Total Species Reported

71

 

 

 

 

cw = Reported count week

US = Flagged as an unusual species

HC = Flagged as an unusually high count

LC = Flagged as an unusually low count

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species Requiring Rare Bird Reports to be Submitted to Regional Editor

Species

Cackling Goose [Branta hutchinsii]

Gadwall [Anas strepera]

American Wigeon [Anas americana]

Northern Shoveler [Anas clypeata]

Turkey Vulture [Cathartes aura]

Short-eared Owl [Asio flammeus]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compiler(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Name

Last Name

Email

Is Primary Compiler

Don

Henise

don_henise@ntm.org

Yes

Robyn

Henise

robyn_henise@ntm.org

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Name

Last Name

Aaron

Balogh

Myrna

Berlet

Paul

Brencher

Shannon

Carvey

Kathy

Claflin

Lathem

Claflin

Tim

Cullen

Birgit

Dane

Roy

Dane

Justin

Hamilton

Bob

Harkness

Don

Henise

Robyn

Henise

Tom

Hodgson

Ron

Hoffman

Steve

Jerant

Allen

King

Jordan

King

Mikey

Kress

Peggy

Liggit

Darin

McNeil

Marilyn

Mead

Ron

Mead

Becky

Mehall

Bob

Ochs

Gregg

Perez

Joyce

Peterson

Cody

Porter

Ellen

Rathbone

Pat

Reynolds

Helena

Robinovitz

Don

Siegrist

Gary

Siegrist

Nancy

Siegrist

William

Sonnett

Connie

Spotts

Carol

Strahler

Diane

Valen

Libby

Warner

Brenda

Wineman

 

 

 

 

 

 


JAS Waterloo Area Christmas Bird Count Circle Map

The area covers a six mine radius centered on the intersection of Mount Hope Road and Seymour Road in Jackson County Michigan (42.3167 degrees North x -84.2167 degrees West) .  The count area area also encompasses part of western Washtenaw County.

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