Christmas Bird Count

115th CBC Summary of Highest Counts of Individuals for Canada

Canadian counts reported 305 species on the 115th Christmas Bird Count, a new record and up 14 from last year.  Three additional species (Loggerhead Shrike, Blue-headed Vireo and Yellow Warbler) were seen only during count week.  Three species (boldfaced below) are new to the cumulative Canadian Christmas count list:  Tennessee Warbler (Peel-Halton Counties, ON), Black-throated Green Warbler (Cape Sable Island, NS) and Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Winnipeg, MB and Niagara Falls, ON).  The Canadian list now stands at 431.  British Columbia led the high count tally with 146 species, followed by Ontario with 82, and Nova Scotia with 43.  Ladner, BC had the highest number for a single count with 34, followed by Victoria, BC (22), Halifax-Darmouth, NS (14), Cape Sable Island, NS (11) and Vancouver, BC (10).  Thirty-two of the high counts are all-time Canadian highs (numbers boldfaced below).  Species in italics indicate those totals (62 species and forms) that are high counts for North America as well as Canada.  Exotic species and hybrids are not included in this list.

Greater White-fronted Goose 158 (BC, Sooke); Snow Goose 8079 (BC, Ladner); Snow Goose (blue form); 11 (ON, St. Clair N.W.A.); Ross's Goose 3 (ON, Woodhouse Township); Brant 4800 (BC, Ladner); Brant (hrota); 20 (NB, Grand Manan Island); Cackling Goose 1031 (BC, Chilliwack); Canada Goose 40,374 (ON, Kingston); Mute Swan 1201 (ON, Holiday Beach); Trumpeter Swan 1461 (BC, Harrison River); Tundra Swan 7913 (ON, Blenheim); Wood Duck 390 (BC, Chilliwack); Gadwall 252 (PE, Prince Edward Island N.P.); Eurasian Wigeon 61 (BC, Ladner); American Wigeon 19,586 (BC, Ladner); American Black Duck 2569 (NS, Wolfville); Mallard 15,261 (AB, Calgary); Blue-winged Teal 1 (NS, Cape Sable Island); Cinnamon Teal 3 (BC, Ladner); Northern Shoveler 279 (BC, Ladner); Northern Pintail 15,948 (BC, Ladner); American Green-winged Teal 1501 (BC, White Rock); Eurasian Green-winged Teal 4 (NL, St. Johns); Canvasback 5935 (ON, Holiday Beach); Redhead 26,081 (ON, Long Point); Ring-necked Duck 461 (BC, Chilliwack); Tufted Duck 59 (NL, St. Johns); Greater Scaup 45,864 (ON, Point Pelee); Lesser Scaup 2345 (ON, Long Point); King Eider 1 (NL, Cape Race; ON, Toronto; QC, Îles-de-la-Madeleine); Common Eider 3062 (PE, East Point); Harlequin Duck 446 (BC, Deep Bay); Surf Scoter 10,919 (BC, Vancouver); White-winged Scoter 1535 (BC, Comox); Black Scoter 500 (PE, East Point); Long-tailed Duck 5115 (ON, Hamilton); Bufflehead 2658 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring); Common Goldeneye 1894 (AB, Calgary); Barrow's Goldeneye 1372 (BC, Vancouver); Hooded Merganser 408 (BC, Victoria); Common Merganser 9459 (ON, Lakeshore); Red-breasted Merganser 8449 (ON, Kingston); Ruddy Duck 668 (ON, Long Point).

Chukar 128 (BC, Lillooet); Gray Partridge 100 (AB, Calgary); Ring-necked Pheasant 159 (NS, Wolfville); Ruffed Grouse 28 (NB, Cape Tormentine); Spruce Grouse 13 (AB, Garden River); Willow Ptarmigan 86 (NT, Yellowknife); Rock Ptarmigan 22 (NL, Bonne Bay); White-tailed Ptarmigan 5 (YT, Carcross); Dusky Grouse 1 (BC, Oliver-Osoyoos, Pemberton-Mt. Currie); Sooty Grouse 4 (BC, Whistler); Sharp-tailed Grouse 284 (AB, Dinosaur P.P.); Wild Turkey 524 (QC, Cowansville); California Quail 2943 (BC, Penticton); Red-throated Loon 29 (BC, Sooke); Pacific Loon 2544 (BC, Hecate Strait); Common Loon 139 (BC, Comox); Yellow-billed Loon 2 (BC, Skidegate Inlet); Pied-billed Grebe 62 (BC, Victoria); Horned Grebe 279 (BC, Sooke); Red-necked Grebe 316 (BC, Deep Bay); Eared Grebe 5 (BC, White Rock); Western Grebe 206 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring); Northern Fulmar 4 (BC, Hecate Strait); Short-tailed Shearwater 2 (BC, Hecate Strait); Northern Gannet 59 (NS, Brier Island); Brandt's Cormorant 547 (BC, Sooke); Double-crested Cormorant 606 (BC, Victoria); Great Cormorant 170 (NS, Brier Island); Pelagic Cormorant 506 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring); American Bittern 2 (BC, Ladner; NS, Cape Sable Island); Great Blue Heron (Blue form); 317 (BC, Ladner); Great Egret 2 (NL, Cape Race); Green Heron 1 (BC, Pitt Meadows, Vancouver); Black-crowned Night-Heron 7 (BC, Ladner).

Black Vulture 7 (ON, Niagara Falls); Turkey Vulture 60 (ON, St. Thomas); Osprey 1 (ON, Sutton); Bald Eagle 1172 (BC, Squamish); Northern Harrier 124 (BC, Ladner); Sharp-shinned Hawk 20 (BC, Kelowna); Cooper's Hawk 38 (BC, Victoria); Northern Goshawk 4 (SK, Saskatoon); Red-shouldered Hawk 3 (ON, Holiday Beach); Broad-winged Hawk 1 (NS, Cape Sable Island, Lunenburg , St. Peters, West Hants; PE, Hillsborough); Red-tailed Hawk 167 (ON, St. Catharines); Harlan's Hawk 1 (BC, Armstrong-Enderby, Kelowna, Ladner); Rough-legged Hawk 113 (ON, Linwood); Golden Eagle 11 (AB, Nanton); American Kestrel 38 (ON, St. Catharines); Merlin 27 (AB, Calgary); Gyrfalcon 4 (AB, Edmonton); Peregrine Falcon 28 (BC, Ladner); Prairie Falcon 4 (AB, Medicine Hat); Virginia Rail 36 (BC, Nanaimo); Sora 1 (BC, Ladner); American Coot 2291 (BC, Abbotsford-Mission); Sandhill Crane 730 (ON, Long Point); Black-bellied Plover 3160 (BC, Ladner); Killdeer 85 (BC, Ladner, Victoria); Black Oystercatcher 192 (BC, Deep Bay); Spotted Sandpiper 3 (BC, Vancouver); Greater Yellowlegs 32 (BC, Ladner); Long-billed Curlew 1 (BC, White Rock; NB, Cape Tormentine); Marbled Godwit 4 (BC, White Rock); Ruddy Turnstone 35 (BC, Campbell River); Black Turnstone 792 (BC, Skidegate Inlet); Surfbird 392 (BC, Pender Islands); Red Knot 1 (BC, Victoria); Sanderling 164 (BC, Ladner); Western Sandpiper 1 (BC, Vancouver, White Rock); Least Sandpiper 3 (BC, Greater Masset); White-rumped Sandpiper 9 (NL, Cape Race); Purple Sandpiper 121 (NL, St. Paul's-Cow Head); Rock Sandpiper 53 (BC, Skidegate Inlet); Dunlin 23,400 (BC, Ladner); Long-billed Dowitcher 72 (BC, Ladner); Wilson's Snipe 40 (BC, Ladner); American Woodcock 1 (NS, Annapolis Royal, Economy); Phalaropus sp. 40 (NS, St. Peters).

Laughing Gull 1 (NS, Cape Sable Island, St. Peters, Sheet Harbour); Franklin's Gull 1 (BC, Abbotsford-Mission); Little Gull 1 (ON, Long Point, Point Pelee); Black-headed Gull 77 (NL, St. Johns); Bonaparte's Gull 1397 (ON, Niagara Falls); Mew Gull 1939 (BC, Victoria); Ring-billed Gull 11,116 (ON, West Elgin); California Gull 91 (BC, Ladner); Herring Gull 7398 (NL, St. Johns); Thayer's Gull 2117 (BC, Parksville-Qualicum Beach); Iceland Gull 1085 (QC, Tadoussac); Kumlien's Gull 3399 (NL, St. Johns); Lesser Black-backed Gull 14 (NL, St. Johns); Western Gull 18 (BC, Broughton Strait); Glaucous-winged Gull 17,039 (BC, Ladner); Glaucous Gull 342 (QC, Forillon N.P.); Great Black-backed Gull 3097 (NS, Cape Sable Island); Black-legged Kittiwake 100 (QC, Îles-de-la-Madeleine); Common Tern 1 (NS, Louisbourg, St. Peters); Forster's Tern 1 (ON, Blenheim); Pomarine Jaeger 1 (NL, Cape Race, ON, Hamilton); Dovekie 37 (NL, Ferryland); Common Murre 1978 (BC, Nanoose Bay); Thick-billed Murre 12 (NB, Grand Manan Island); Razorbill 256 (NB, Grand Manan Island); Black Guillemot 122 (NL, St. Paul's-Cow Head); Pigeon Guillemot 155 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring); Marbled Murrelet 74 (BC, Pender Harbour); Ancient Murrelet 502 (BC, Parksville-Qualicum Beach); Cassin's Auklet 39 (BC, Hecate Strait); Rhinoceros Auklet 62 (BC, Langara Island); Atlantic Puffin 3 (NL, Ferryland).

 Rock Pigeon 4387 (ON, Toronto); Band-tailed Pigeon 100 (BC, Duncan); Eurasian Collared-Dove 435 (BC, Ladner); White-winged Dove 1 (QC, Îles-de-la-Madeleine); Mourning Dove 1548 (NS, Wolfville); Barn Owl 12 (BC, Ladner); Western Screech-Owl 3 (BC, Penticton); Eastern Screech-Owl 58 (ON, Long Point); Great Horned Owl 23 (BC, Creston Valley); Snowy Owl 48 (ON, Kingston); Northern Hawk Owl 2 (MB, Hodgson; ON, Thunder Bay; QC, Contrecoeur); Northern Pygmy-Owl 9 (BC, Bridesville); Burrowing Owl 2 (BC, Kamloops); Barred Owl 11 (ON, Petroglyphs); Great Gray Owl 5 (AB, Snake's Head); Long-eared Owl 10 (ON, Holiday Beach); Short-eared Owl 16 (BC, Ladner); Boreal Owl 1 (AB, Cochrane Wildlife Reserve, Edmonton; BC, Atlin, Sooke; ON, Sault Ste. Marie; QC, Forillon N.P.); Northern Saw-whet Owl 5 (BC, Kelowna); Anna's Hummingbird 761 (BC, Victoria); Rufous Hummingbird 2 (BC, Pender Islands); Belted Kingfisher 47 (BC, Bamfield); Red-headed Woodpecker 2 (ON, Skunk's Misery); Red-headed Woodpecker 2 (ON, Cedar Creek); Red-headed Woodpecker 2 (ON, Mindemoya); Red-bellied Woodpecker 94 (ON, London); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 (AB, Strathcona; ON, Amherst Island, Blenheim, Hamilton, Kettle Point, Peel-Halton Counties, St. Thomas, Westport; QC, Forillon N.P.); Red-breasted Sapsucker 27 (BC, Duncan); Downy Woodpecker 519 (AB, Edmonton); Hairy Woodpecker 379 (ON, Ottawa-Gatineau); American Three-toed Woodpecker 24 (AB, Sheep River); Black-backed Woodpecker 15 (ON, Algonquin P.P.); Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker 547 (BC, Penticton); Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker 42 (ON, Cedar Creek); Pileated Woodpecker 85 (ON, Ottawa-Gatineau).

Dusky Flycatcher 1 (NS, Wolfville); Eastern Phoebe 1 (NB, Quispamsis-Hampton; NS, Cape Sable Island, West Hants; ON, Blenheim, Cedar Creek, Hamilton, Richmond Hill, Stratford); Ash-throated Flycatcher 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Northern Shrike 13 (BC, Ladner); White-eyed Vireo 1 (ON, Toronto); Hutton's Vireo 8 (BC, Nanoose Bay); Gray Jay 80 (ON, Eagle River); Steller's Jay 493 (BC, Victoria); Blue Jay 1167 (NS, Shubenacadie); Western Scrub-Jay 2 (BC, Ladner); Clark's Nutcracker 82 (BC, Penticton); Black-billed Magpie 2528 (AB, Edmonton); American Crow 134,000 (ON, St. Clair N.W.A.); Northwestern Crow 14,186 (BC, Vancouver); Common Raven 2209 (YT, Whitehorse); Sky Lark 8 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring); Horned Lark 418 (AB, Milk River); Barn Swallow 1 (BC, Victoria); Black-capped Chickadee 4406 (AB, Edmonton); Mountain Chickadee 231 (BC, Williams Lake); Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2451 (BC, Victoria); Boreal Chickadee 72 (AB, Cochrane Wildlife Reserve, Sheep River);  Tufted Titmouse 52 (QC, Baie-Missisquoi); Bushtit 1413 (BC, Victoria); Red-breasted Nuthatch 473 (AB, Edmonton); White-breasted Nuthatch 600 (MB, Winnipeg); Pygmy Nuthatch 251 (BC, Penticton); Brown Creeper 109 (BC, Victoria); Rock Wren 1 (BC, Oliver-Osoyoos); Canyon Wren 18 (BC, Vaseux Lake); Carolina Wren 52 (ON, Hamilton); Bewick's Wren 250 (BC, Victoria); House Wren 5 (ON, Holiday Beach); Winter Wren 35 (ON, Toronto); Pacific Wren 345 (BC, Victoria); Marsh Wren 123 (BC, Ladner).

American Dipper 35 (BC, Lillooet); Golden-crowned Kinglet 1842 (BC, Victoria); Ruby-crowned Kinglet 228 (BC, Vancouver); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 (PE, East Point); Eastern Bluebird 104 (ON, St. Thomas); Western Bluebird 161 (BC, Penticton); Mountain Bluebird 1 (BC, Comox, Salmon Arm, Vaseux Lake); Townsend's Solitaire 19 (BC, Penticton); Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 (ON, Sutton); Hermit Thrush 26 (BC, Sooke, Vancouver); American Robin 5924 (BC, Victoria); Varied Thrush 622 (BC, Nanoose Bay); Gray Catbird 4 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Northern Mockingbird 50 (ON, St. Catharines); Brown Thrasher 1 (NS, Lunenburg; ON, Barrie, Mindemoya, Pembroke; QC, Granby); European Starling 19,169 (NS, Wolfville); American Pipit 130 (BC, Chilliwack); Bohemian Waxwing 12,674 (AB, Edmonton); Cedar Waxwing 328 (ON, Presqu'ile P.P.); Tennessee Warbler 1 (ON, Peel-Halton Counties); Orange-crowned Warbler 21 (NS, Cape Sable Island); Nashville Warbler 1 (ON, Peel-Halton Counties, Point Pelee; QC, Montreal); Cape May Warbler 1 (NS, Bridgetown; ON, Belleville); Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler 25 (BC, White Rock); Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler 70 (NS, Cape Sable Island); Black-throated Green Warbler 1 (NS, Cape Sable Island); Townsend's Warbler 2 (BC, Parksville-Qualicum Beach); Yellow-throated Warbler 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth, Kingston, Truro; QC, Mirabel); Pine Warbler 8 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Prairie Warbler 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Palm Warbler 3 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Western Palm Warbler 1 (ON, Hamilton); Black-and-white Warbler 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth; ON, Toronto); Ovenbird 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Common Yellowthroat 3 (ON, Wallaceburg); Wilson's Warbler 1 (NS, Wolfville, ON, Peel-Halton Counties); Yellow-breasted Chat 4 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth).

Western Tanager 1 (NS, Kingston); Spotted Towhee 843 (BC, Victoria); Eastern Towhee 10 (ON, West Elgin); American Tree Sparrow 691 (ON, Long Point); Chipping Sparrow 10 (ON, Lakeshore); Clay-colored Sparrow 1 (NB, Moncton; NL, St. John’s; NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Field Sparrow 14 (ON, Cedar Creek); Vesper Sparrow 2 (QC, St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu); Lark Sparrow 1 (NB, Moncton; NS, Halifax-Dartmouth, St. Peters); Savannah Sparrow 143 (BC, Ladner); Savannah (Ipswich) Sparrow 5 (NS, Cape Sable Island); Grasshopper Sparrow 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Nelson's Sparrow 3 (NS, Cape Sable Island); Fox Sparrow 601 (BC, Victoria); Eastern Fox Sparrow 1 (NS, Apple River; ON, Presqu'ile P.P.); Song Sparrow 1400 (BC, Vancouver); Lincoln's Sparrow 65 (BC, Ladner); Swamp Sparrow 157 (ON, Long Point); White-throated Sparrow 123 (ON, Long Point); Harris's Sparrow 4 (AB, Nanton); White-crowned Sparrow 703 (BC, Ladner); Golden-crowned Sparrow 1541 (BC, Victoria); Dark-eyed Junco 4495 (BC, Victoria); Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco 2444 (BC, Chilliwack); Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 1935 (NL, St. Johns); Lapland Longspur 50 (AB, Milk River); Snow Bunting 8603 (ON, London); Northern Cardinal 717 (ON, London); Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 (NL, St. John’s; ON, Nipigon-Red Rock, Ottawa-Gatineau, Vankleek Hill, QC, Forillon N.P.); Indigo Bunting 1 (BC, Skidegate Inlet); Painted Bunting 1 (ON, Peel-Halton Counties).

Dickcissel 3 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Red-winged Blackbird 2006 (BC, Ladner); Eastern Meadowlark 3 (ON, Kingston); Western Meadowlark 104 (BC, White Rock); Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 (MB, Delta Marsh); Rusty Blackbird 322 (ON, Point Pelee); Brewer's Blackbird 1268 (BC, Ladner); Common Grackle 183 (ON, Point Pelee); Brown-headed Cowbird 2287 (ON, St. Clair N.W.A.); Bullock's Oriole 1 (BC, Vancouver; QC, Forillon N.P.); Baltimore Oriole 13 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch 150 (BC, Slocan Lake); Pine Grosbeak 293 (ON, Dryden); Purple Finch 153 (BC, Duncan); Cassin's Finch 17 (BC, Golden); House Finch 1217 (AB, Calgary); Red Crossbill 595 (BC, Sooke); White-winged Crossbill 796 (YT, Haines Junction); Common Redpoll 1301 (ON, Hilliardton); Hoary Redpoll 367 (NT, Nahanni Butte); Pine Siskin 2867 (BC, Sooke); American Goldfinch 1897 (NS, Wolfville); Evening Grosbeak 616 (MB, Riding Mountain N.P.); House Sparrow 7519 (ON, Point Pelee); Eurasian Tree Sparrow 1 (MB, Winnipeg; ON, Niagara Falls).

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