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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

2013 CHRISTMAS COUNT SUMMARY.

The Waterloo Recreation Area Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday, December 14th. Our ten teams endured a persistent snowfall that continued throughout the day dumping up to 8 inches before the day was over. The weather kept most bird numbers low, and we also ended up with a relatively low species count of 49. We have to go all the way back to 1988 to find another species count below 50.

Two species, American Tree Sparrow (549) and Dark-eyed Junco (970), were recorded in above average numbers with the junco count being a new record high. The old junco high count was 807 from 1985.

Joyce Peterson and Connie Spotts found the Golden Eagle that has been seen off and on along Dalton Road during the past couple of weeks. A Golden Eagle had been recorded during the count week in both 1991 and 2011, but this marks the first record of the species on count day. Other uncommon species were a single Wood Duck and one Northern Shrike.

Most of the water was frozen, so very few waterfowl were recorded. Only 57 Sandhill Cranes were counted and both Red-tailed Hawk (13) and American Kestrel (3) tied their record low numbers (1990 and 2005 respectively). The low numbers for the raptors was most likely due to the weather and poor visibility.

A few notable misses were Purple Finch, Belted Kingfisher, and Swamp Sparrow. Purple Finch has been recorded on 43 of 45 counts, Belted Kingfisher on 38 and Swamp Sparrow on 37 of those counts.

Robyn and I want to thank all of the participants for braving the conditions. For the first time, we decided to cancel the tally dinner at Steak's Eatery due to the weather and the fact that most of us were pretty worn out from combating the weather all day.

The 2014 Waterloo Rec Area CBC will be held on December 20th. Mark your calendars!!

A full list of species and numbers can be found at the end of this blog entry: http://donsbirding.blogspot.com/2013/12/2013-waterloo-rec-area-christmas-bird.html

If anyone would like to see the MS Excel spread sheet with the breakdown of area numbers, just let me know and I can send it in a separate email.

Don & Robyn Henise, compilers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Count Name:

Waterloo State Recreation Area

Count Code:

MIWA

Count Date:

12/14/2013

# of Party Hours:

63.00

Species reported on count date:

49

 

 

Organizations & Sponsors:

Jackson Audubon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temperature

Minimum:

20.0 Fahrenheit

Maximum:

22.0 Fahrenheit

Wind Direction

East     

Wind Velocity

Minimum:

10.00 Miles/hour

Maximum:

15.00 Miles/hour

Snow Depth

Minimum:

2.00 Inches

Maximum:

8.00 Inches

Still Water

Frozen

Moving Water

Partly Open

 

AM and PM Conditions

Cloud Cover

AM:

Cloudy

PM:

Cloudy

AM Rain

None

AM Snow

Heavy

PM Rain

None

PM Snow

Heavy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start & End Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start time

End time

05:00 AM

04:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observers

In Field

Total Number:

28

 

Minimum Number of Parties (daylight):

10

 

Maximum Number of Parties (daylight):

10

At Feeders

Total Number:

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

By

Hours

Distance

Units

Foot

9.75

8.00

Miles

Car

53.25

496.80

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

9.00

 

 

Nocturnal Birding

5.65

44.60

Miles

 

Total Party

63.00

504.80

Miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checklist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species

Number

Number/Party Hrs.

Flags

Editorial Codes

Canada Goose

30

0.4762

 

 

Mute Swan

6

0.0952

 

 

Wood Duck

1

0.0159

 

 

Mallard

13

0.2063

 

 

Ring-necked Pheasant

3

0.0476

 

 

Wild Turkey

183

2.9048

 

 

Northern Harrier

1

0.0159

 

 

Sharp-shinned Hawk

3

0.0476

 

 

Cooper's Hawk

7

0.1111

 

 

Red-tailed Hawk

13

0.2063

LC

 

Golden Eagle
 Adults:
 Immatures: 1
 Unknowns:

1

0.0159

US,

ed,nc

American Kestrel

3

0.0476

LC

 

Sandhill Crane

57

0.9048

 

 

Ring-billed Gull

1

0.0159

 

 

gull sp.

5

0.0794

 

 

Rock Pigeon

95

1.5079

 

 

Mourning Dove

326

5.1746

 

 

Eastern Screech-Owl

8

0.1270

 

 

Great Horned Owl

3

0.0476

 

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

38

0.6032

 

 

Downy Woodpecker

55

0.8730

 

 

Hairy Woodpecker

11

0.1746

 

 

Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker

8

0.1270

 

 

Pileated Woodpecker

2

0.0317

 

 

Northern Shrike

1

0.0159

 

 

Blue Jay

157

2.4921

 

 

American Crow

228

3.6190

 

 

Horned Lark

130

2.0635

 

 

Black-capped Chickadee

203

3.2222

 

 

Tufted Titmouse

79

1.2540

 

 

Red-breasted Nuthatch

1

0.0159

 

 

White-breasted Nuthatch

49

0.7778

 

 

Brown Creeper

4

0.0635

 

 

Carolina Wren

1

0.0159

 

 

Golden-crowned Kinglet

5

0.0794

 

 

Eastern Bluebird

66

1.0476

 

 

American Robin

34

0.5397

 

 

European Starling

478

7.5873

 

 

Cedar Waxwing

44

0.6984

 

 

American Tree Sparrow

549

8.7143

HC,

 

Song Sparrow

2

0.0317

 

 

White-throated Sparrow

1

0.0159

 

 

Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco

925

14.6825

HC,

 

Lapland Longspur

3

0.0476

 

 

Snow Bunting

1

0.0159

 

 

Northern Cardinal

172

2.7302

 

 

Red-winged Blackbird

1

0.0159

 

 

House Finch

96

1.5238

 

 

American Goldfinch

223

3.5397

 

 

House Sparrow

292

4.6349

 

 

Total Individuals

4618

 

 

 

Total Species Reported

49

 

 

 

 

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

Golden Eagle [Aquila chrysaetos]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compiler(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Name

Last Name

Email

Is Primary Compiler

Don

Henise

kiskadee3@att.net

Yes

Robyn

Henise

robyn_henise@ntm.org

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Name

Last Name

Barb

Anderson

Aaron

Balogh

Paul

Brencher

Shannon

Carvey

Kathy

Claflin

Lathem

Claflin

Bill

Cook

Tim

Cullen

Birgit

Dane

Roy

Dane

Marsi

Darwin

Cadence

DeGroote

Charles

DeGroote

CJ

DeGroote

Courtney

DeGroote

Dorwin

DeGroote

Myrna

Dietrich

Woody

Dietrich

Heidi

Doman

Amy

Ennis

Bryon

Ennis

Justin

Hamilton

Bob

Harkness

Cathy

Hart

Ken

Hart

Don

Henise

Robyn

Henise

Sharon

Hodgson

Tom

Hodgson

Ron

Hoffman

Steve

Jerant

Allen

King

Jordan

King

Mikey

Kress

Doug

Lefler

Sandy

Lefler

Peggy

Liggit

Gary

Mason

Darin

McNeil

Marilyn

Mead

Ron

Mead

Becky

Mehall

Ron

Niedzielski

Sue

Niedzielski

Bob

Ochs

Fran

Parker

Gregg

Perez

Joyce

Peterson

Cody

Porter

Jennifer

Puntenney

Ellen

Rathbone

Pat

Reynolds

Helena

Robinovitz

Stewart

Robinovitz

Sandra

Shapiro

Don

Siegrist

Gary

Siegrist

Nancy

Siegrist

Irene

Sonnett

William

Sonnett

Connie

Spotts

Bill

Steusloff

Carol

Strahler

Diane

Valen

Chris

VanLonkhuyzen

Libby

Warner

Sarah

Warner

Brad

Whaley

Kat

Whaley

Aaron

White

Brenda

Wineman

Hugh

Zernickow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

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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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