Macomb Audubon Society's participation in the 120th Annual Christmas Bird Count was held on December 14, 2019 with 43 people in the field and 2 at feeders. There was no snow on the ground, but cloudy conditions in the morning and some sun in the afternoon. The temperature ranged from 30 to 41. We recorded 74 species and 15,283 individual birds. Peregrine Falcon and Iceland Gull seen on Count Day for the first time. We set quite a few high counts: Northern Saw-whet Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush and Song Sparrow. High count were tied for Barred Owl, Merlin and Swamp Sparrow. The complete results can be found on our Macomb Audubon website or the National Audubon website: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/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's Code MIWM. Lastly 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: http://www.christmasbirdcount.org
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. 19th. Please mark your calendar now and plan to help out.
Finally, after 14 years as compiler, I am passing on the job to Brian McGee. He offered to take over and I gladly agreed!
Barb Baldinger, Compiler
Tom Heatley, Co-compiler