Another successful Christmas Bird Count is behind us. Brian McGee did a wonderful job coordinating the count and leading our tally at the Stony Creek Nature Center. A few words from Brian himself: Thank you to everyone who participated, both in the field and watching feeders. Despite snow and sleet in the morning, both the numbers and diversity of birds were fantastic by the end of the day. We tallied a total of 15,342 individual birds across 76 species. These included nine species with counts that equaled or exceeded previous years’ highs. here was also one species (Lesser Blackbacked Gull) not previously recorded on the count. For those who are interested, here are high count species from this year’s count: Barred Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Hermit Thrush, Hooded Merganser, Lapland Longspur, Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Whitethroated Sparrow, and Wild Turkey. 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

Brian McGee, Compiler