Report from the Christmas Bird Count – December 15, 2017

It was a dark and stormy night when ………no, wait! It was the Squamish Christmas Bird Count!  ……… when twenty-three intrepid souls set forth in the cold and the rain to record all the birds they could find.
What a day! Thanks to all who participated…there would be no count without you.
A special thank you to Judy and Patrick for hosting the after count wind-up.
By all reports from the field, the feeling was that it was a tough day to find the birds, there were fewer individuals, and there were misses on species we would have expected.
The total species seen was 67, a bit below average. Total individuals was 7686. (Of that number, 3408 were gulls.) 731 Bald eagles, sightly below the average and twice as many as last year.
For those who want the complete CBC data, it is available  at Bird Studies Canada CBC. Our count code is BCSQ.
Marcia Danielson

Photo: We counted 114 Stellar’s Jays (our BC bird) , about double the number for the last few years.