Christmas Bird Count: Randolph, Vermont (preliminary)

We’re reposting several preliminary Christmas Bird Count results from neighboring towns. Email us at museum@birdsofvermont.org if you want us to post yours, too. Final results may become available on the VTBIRD mailing list and/or at Audubon’s 110th Christmas Bird Count pages.

Randolph, Vermont

The third Randolph CBC was conducted on Dec. 19, tallying 34 species/2094 individuals. Temperature at sunrise was -12[°F], only warming to -7 by 10:30 AM on Braintree Hill, eventually rising to a balmy +17. Numbers would have likely been lower this year without the addition of several new feeder watchers. The single new species for the count was a Carolina Wren which showed up at my feeder 3 days before the count, and is still present. (Luckily I [the poster] have the bird on video, negating the need for me to ask myself for a rare bird documentation form).

Mallard 12
Common Merganser 2
Ruffed Grouse 5
Wild Turkey 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rock Pigeon 145
Mourning Dove 138
Barred Owl 1
Downy Woodpecker 26
Hairy Woodpecker 37
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 228
American Crow 294
Northern Raven 20
Blk.-capped Chickadee 318
Tufted Titmouse 18
Red-breasted Nuthatch 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 26
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 3
E. Starling 273
Am. Tree Sparrow 20
White-throated Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 66
Snow Bunting 75
Northern Cardinal 15
Purple Finch 12
House Finch 8
Common Redpoll 5
American Goldfinch 196
Evening Grosbeak 2
House Sparrow 96

Update

A late report received for the Randolph CBC added 400+ birds (unfortunately 200 being starlings) and one new species – 2 Pine Grosbeaks from Brookfield.

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