Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2022 Squamish Christmas Bird Count, held on December 17. There would be no count without you. A special welcome and thanks to those who came for the first time. I hope you a had a great day and we will see you again next year.
The weather was agreeable enough and we had some good sightings out there. Our total number of species was 67, about average for Squamish, with 6934 individuals. Some good sightings were: 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Greater White-fronted Goose, and 3 Northern Pintails. We counted 574 Bald Eagles, a number we tend to watch leading up to the Annual Eagle Count after New Year’s. Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks and a Red-Tailed Hawk were spotted during Count Week but not on Count Day.
Detailed results will be uploaded soon to the Audubon website. Type BCSQ in the ‘count code’ field. This year’s count was number 123 since the count was started in 1900. Go to Audubon Christmas Bird Count to read about the history of the count and to Squamish Environment Society to read more about our birding activities.
Photo above used by permission: A Dark-Eyed Junco, one of our usual winter resident species. 524 individuals were counted throughout Squamish on December 17.