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Join us for the 31st Annual Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count (Thursday, December 29, 2011)!

Join us again this year for the annual Dunrobin (ON) - Breckenridge (QC) Christmas Bird Count, now in it's 31st year. The count takes place every year in late December/early January. It involves teams of volunteers who spend most of the day outdoors tallying species and numbers of birds within a 12 km (7.5 mile) radius of the count centre in Dunrobin, ON. Other volunteers contribute by noting the birds that come to their backyard feeders on the day of the count. Details on the 30th annual count and on results from previous years can be found below.

During the event it is important to count every bird you see: even the common ones like starlings and jays!


Anything is possible at a bird feeder. Watch for late lingering species such as Pine Warbler.

If you live in the CBC area, learn how you can participate by counting birds at your feeder.

The Boreal Owl has never been seen on the Dunrobin-Breckenridge CBC. Will this be the year?


When is the count?

The date of the 31st annual count is Thursday, December 29, 2011.





How to Participate

To participate in the 30th Annual Dunrobin (ON) - Breckenridge (QC) Christmas Bird Count, register using the link below which puts you directly in contact with the count coordinator:

REGISTER NOW - December 29, 2011
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Coordinator:

Bruce Di Labio
bruce.dilabio@sympatico.ca
(613) 839-4395 (Home)
(613) 715-2571 (Cell)


The date of the 31st annual count is Thursday, December 29, 2011.

There is a cost of $5 to participate in the Christmas Bird Count that goes to Bird Studies Canada. This amount is waived if you are a Bird Studies Canada member or under the age of 18.

ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE
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Feeder Watchers

Reports from feeder watchers are an important part of the Christmas Bird Count. As long as you live within the designated Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count circle, count the birds at your feeder and report in to the count coordinator. Contact Bruce Di Labio in advance and to report your count.






Map of Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count Area



The blue lines on the map indicate the boundaries of the Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count area and the five sectors that make up the area.

Click on the for the latitude and longitude of the centre of the count area.

Click on the to see the name of each of the five sectors of the count area.

Use the zoom tool to move about on the map or zoom in or out  of the map to see more or less detail.

You can also view a larger map by clicking here.






Reports

2010/2011 REPORT  (2009/2010 report is located here)

The 30th Annual Dunrobin (ON) - Breckenridge (QC) Christmas Bird Count took place on Sunday, January 2, 2011. A record total of 57 field observers and 7 feeder watchers recorded 57 species and 10,130 individuals.  T

Weather Conditions:
The high temperature for the count  was reached at midnight with +8c and at 2:30a.m. it was +6c, great for owling. Over the course of the day the temperature dropped to a afternoon high of -2c with occasional light snow and light rain around noon. The winds were steady from the SW at 22 km at dawn and switched to WSW for most of the day with winds from 18 to 33 km/ hr and  gusts up to 48 km/hr.

The Ottawa River has been frozen since mid December, which is more typical than it has been over the last 5 years. On the day of the count, a few some small creeks and storm  sewer outlets were open in the Kanata North area. The cone crop was poor in most of the count circle but there was still a good berry crop including Mountain Ash, Buckthorn, and Crab-apple.

Sunrise: 7:42 a.m.
Sunset: 4:31 p.m.

Species:
Overall an interesting day in the field. Not a lot of activity but definitely an improvement over last year’s count. Again bird feeders had a good concentration of birds but many were empty. The 30th Annual count, with 57 species, ties the 5rd highest record for this count which was recorded in 2006/07.  The average number of species observed on the Dunrobin-Breckenridge CBC remains at  51 species. There were no new species found so both Boreal Owl and Northern Mockingbird  are still likely candidates for next year.    A number of interesting observations were made, including:  Bald Eagle, Snowy Owl, Northern Saw-whet  Owl and Red-winged Blackbird. 

New Species:
No new species and the overall total remains at 110 species.


Record Highs:
Previous Highs are shown in parentheses followed by year.

    Mallard 116 (89,1993)
    Great Blue Heron 2 (1 6yrs. Last 2006)
    Barred Owl 9 (4,1998)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 (1,1989)
    European Starling 1,374 (1196,2002)

Tied Record Highs:

Previous record year in parentheses.

    Northern Saw-whet Owl 2 (1988,1999)

    Belted Kingfisher 1(1988,1998)

    Brown Thrasher 1 (2010)

Winter Finches:

    Pine Grosbeak (1)
    Purple Finch (0)
    White-winged Crossbill (0)
    Red Crossbill (0)
    Common Redpoll (337)
    Hoary Redpoll (1)
    Pine Siskin (15)
    American Goldfinch (283)
    Evening Grosbeak (13)


A few Dunrobin-Breckenridge statistics:

Total Species:

    Record High 68 (2001)
    Record Low 32 (1999)


Total Individuals:

    Record High 12,554 (1986)
    Record Low 798 (1999)


I would like to thank the field observers and sector leaders for their great effort and my wife, Laurie, for preparing the wonderful post-count supper and to all participants who brought deserts, food and wine to celebrate the 30th anniversary!

The tentative date for the 31th annual Dunrobin-Breckenridge CBC  is Thursday, December 29, 2011, hope to see you there! 

If you wish to see the results from all of the CBC's since they began, visit the Audubon Society Website.

Good birding,
Bruce Di Labio
Dunrobin-Breckenridge CBC Compiler

PICTURES FROM THE 2010/2011 BIRD COUNT EVENT


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Constance Bay sector having lunch at Heart and Soul cafe in Dunrobin.

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Moreo f the same Constance Bay group from a different view.

Jan.2.2011%20Dunrobin%20CBc%20006.jpgView along Constance Bay Road showing very little snow on the ground, making walking easy for this count.
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Dunrobin-Breckenridge 30th Anniversary Cake - BEFORE.
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Dunrobin-Breckenridge 30th Anniversary Cake -  AFTER.
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Fitzroy team after dessert.
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Bob, Doug, Dan, Ray and Bruce.
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The compilation begins.


DETAILED RESULTS

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SPECIESRECORD HIGHYEARNUMBER OF YEARSFIRST YEAR RECORDEDLAST YEAR RECORDED

.

Canada Goose28419891319832011

.

Wood Duck12006120062006

.

American Black Duck14819872619822011

.

Mallard11620112719822011

.

Northern Pintail11994119941994

.

Green-winged Teal11994119941994

.

Ring-necked Duck294,06219942006

.

Lesser Scaup31993419881994

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White-winged Scoter62006120062006

.

Common Goldeneye582006819832006

.

Hooded Merganser21993619842006

.

Common Merganser362001819852006

.

Red-breasted Merganser12001120012001

.

Gray Partridge6119841519822000a

.

Ring-necked Pheasant11997119971997

.

Ruffed Grouse651989a2919822011

.

Wild Turkey22820101120002011

.

Common Loon12001120012001

.

Red-necked Grebe12001120012001

.

Great Blue Heron22011719902011

.

Bald Eagle920011419832011

.

Northern Harrier32001419942011

.

Sharp-shinned Hawk520002119822011

.

Cooper's Hawk401,05,061619842010

.

Northern Goshawk619912619822010

.

Red-shouldered Hawk198,07,09319982009

.

Red-tailed Hawk4020063019822011

.

Rough-legged Hawk3119882519822011

.

American Kestrel1719882719822011

.

Merlin206,07519912007

.

Gyrfalcon194,95219941995

.

American Coot11993119931993

.

Wilson's Snipe11988119881988

.

Ring-billed Gull32000320002011

.

Herring Gull122520011519832011

.

Iceland Gull42000419972004a

.

Glaucous Gull152000619952004a

.

Great Black-backed Gull30120011019872011

.

Rock Pigeon84520023019822011

.

Mourning Dove57720023019822011

.

Eastern Screech-Owl320051119862007

.

Great Horned Owl5319882919822011

.

Snowy Owl619881119822010

.

Northern Hawk Owl288,01919822011

.

Barred Owl920112519822011

.

Great Gray Owl62004a519842009

.

Long-eared Owl31982819822000a

.

Short-eared Owl51982319821994

.

Northern Saw-whet Owl288,89,11919832011

.

Belted Kingfisher1 88,98,11319882011

.

Red-headed Woodpecker2200522004a2005

.

Red-bellied Woodpecker22011219892011

.

Downy Woodpecker8919843019822011

.

Hairy Woodpecker13419843019822011

.

Am.Three-toed Woodpecker619981119832006

.

Black-backed Woodpecker620001919822006

.

Northern Flicker2 95,95a1219822011

.

Pileated Woodpecker2920023019822011

.

Northern Shrike2519883019822011

.

Gray Jay183,95219831995

.

Blue Jay56619953019822011

.

American Crow102420073019822011

.

Common Raven16720013019822011

.

Horned Lark39920012819822011

.

Black-capped Chickadee185919833019822011

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Boreal Chickadee619871019822005

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Red-breasted Nuthatch2132000a3019822011

.

White-breasted Nuthatch17920023019822011

.

Brown Creeper412000a2919822011

.

Carolina Wren11988119881988

.

Winter Wren11993219932004

.

Golden-crowned Kinglet7119832419822011

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet11995119951995

.

Eastern Bluebird61999119991999

.

Hermit Thrush12001120012001

.

American Robin3420042219822011

.

Gray Catbird12007120072007

.

Brown Thrasher110,11220102011

.

Varied Thrush11988119881988

.

European Starling119620023019822011

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Bohemian Waxwing131520092119822011

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Cedar Waxwing27320021019852004

.

Yellow-rumped Warbler11983119831983

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American Tree Sparrow31619832919822011

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Savannah Sparrow12000120002000

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Fox Sparrow11995119951995

.

Song Sparrow619972119832011

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Swamp Sparrow1 88,93219881993

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White-throated Sparrow21997919832011

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White-crowned Sparrow12006120062006

.

Dark-eyed Junco15419853019822011

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Lapland Longspur3119951819822011

.

Snow Bunting404019863019822011

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Northern Cardinal7920022819822010

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Red-winged Blackbird41999919832011

.

Eastern Meadowlark287,97,98519822002

.

Rusty Blackbird187,88,97319871997

.

Common Grackle282,00919822001

.

Brown-headed Cowbird111993519822002

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Pine Grosbeak27720091819822011

.

Purple Finch17019931519832009

.

House Finch10719932119882011

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Red Crossbill101991719822001

.

White-winged Crossbill6491989a1919822009

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Common Redpoll276919942419822011

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Hoary Redpoll486,071319822011

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Pine Siskin9492000a2519822011

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American Goldfinch136019952919822010

.

Evening Grosbeak193119882519822011

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House Sparrow129319833019822011