Macomb Audubon Society's participation in the 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count was held on December 16, 2017 with 39 people in the field and 2 at feeders. The weather was cold with light snow and freezing rain in the morning and cloudy conditions all day. The temperature ranged from 25 to 29. There was a base of 6-14” of snow, making walking difficult in some areas. We recorded 64 species and 13,000 individual birds. Gray Catbird was seen on the Count for the first time. New high counts were set for four species: 4 for Merlin, 30 for Eastern Screech Owl, 5 for Pileated Woodpecker and 3 for Fox Sparrow. A high count was tied for Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at one. Count Week birds that were added after the Tally were: Herring Gull, Glaucous Gull, Eastern Phoebe and Northern Shrike. The complete results can be found on our Macomb Audubon website or the National Audubon website: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count. Go to Access Count Results (scroll down a bit), continue to Current Year then choose Results by Count and enter Western Macomb County, Count Code MIWM. Click enter and click the circle under the # sign.If you would like to make a donation to the National Audubon Society to help support the maintaining of a master database of all Christmas Bird Count data as well as bird conservation efforts go to: https://action.audubon.org/support/protect-birds-now
We would like to thank all of the citizen science participants for the time and effort you volunteer each year to make this count a success. Thank you to the people who set up the room and hot beverages, contributed soups, chili, snacks and desserts. We would also like Julie Champion, Karen Blake and the rest of the staff at Stony Creek Nature Center to know how much we appreciate them hosting the Tally. This year's count will be on Saturday, Dec. 15th. Please mark your calendar now and plan to help out.
Barb Baldinger, Compiler
Tom Heatley, Co-compiler