CLERMONT CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2021 - ALL DAY EVENT
A Message from John Thomton
First of all, I want to thank you so much for your amazing birding on the Clermont Christmas Bird Count. You guys knocked it out of the park once again! I'm very pleased to announce that we achieved an all-time Count high number of species: 135!! I'm grateful to you all for sticking it out through the AM rain and chill to do such a phenomenal job at finding the birds.
The data below will be submitted to the National Audubon Society during the week of February 14.
Zone 1: Three volunteers
Zone 2: Six volunteers
Zone 3: Four volunteers
Zone 4: Three volunteers
Zone 5: Three volunteers
Zone 6: Five volunteers
Zone 7: Five volunteers
Zone 8: Five volunteers
Zone 9: Three volunteers
Zone 10: Four volunteers
The Results from the
9th Annual Clermont Christmas Bird Count
This was the ninth annual Clermont Christmas Bird Count, and we recorded 135 species (a count record!!). This year, we recorded four species never recorded on this CBC before:
- Common Goldeneye (1 - Zone 7)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 - Zone 2)
- Purple Finch (3 - Zone 7)
- Black-throated Blue Warbler (1 - Zone 10)
The only Count Week species this year was Laughing Gull. The only species we missed for the very first time was Western Kingbird. Ash-throated Flycatcher(3) made a nice comeback after being missed last year. In total over the nine Clermont CBCs, 171 species have been recorded.
John Thomton's Clermont Circle registered with the Audubon
Aside from new species, several species recorded all-time high numbers this year:
- Wood Duck (48 - previous high was 15)
- Blue-winged Teal (27)
- Northern Pintail (2 - only the second appearance of this species on the Clemont CBC)
- Anhinga (115)
- American White Pelican (14 - only the third appearance)
- Least Bittern (2 - only the second appearance)
- Red-shouldered Hawk (81)
- Purple Gallinule (26 - only the third appearance; previous high was 2)
- Common Gallinule (92 - previous high was 62)
- American Woodcock (4)
- Royal Tern (1 - second appearance, so high/low count in this case)
- Great Horned Owl (13)
- Barred Owl (20)
- Red-bellied Woodpecker (172)
- Downy Woodpecker (63)
- Pileated Woodpecker (37)
- Peregrine Falcon (1 - second appearance, so high/low count in this case)
- Carolina Chickadee (27)
- Gray Catbird (224)
- Ovenbird (9)
- Red-winged Blackbird (1443 - previous high was 661, most years between 200-350)
- Eastern Meadowlark (25)
- Common Grackle (835)
A couple species also tied their previous high counts: Marsh Wren (4) and Hermit Thrush (10).
Besides missed species, three species that we record every year had their lowest numbers in Clermont CBC history this year:
- Black Vulture (181)
- Northern Harrier (4)
- Red-tailed Hawk (7)
Finally, Ring-necked Duck (6) and Florida Scrub-Jay (3) tied their previous count low number.
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You will notice some colors on the data. RED denotes species that were found in only one zone, GREEN in only two zones, and BLUE in only three. I do this for a couple of reasons. First of all, it highlights species that we should all be paying special attention for in future CBCs. Secondly, it shows that ALL of the zones found species that we could have very easily missed. Again, I can't say it enough: great job, everyone!!
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NOTE - Jay Therien's amazing solo efforts on the Boat Team are incorporated into the totals of Zones 2, 6 and 9. If both the Zone and Jay reported the same species, I took the higher of the two numbers for the Zone. The numbers under the Boat column are not included in the species totals on the right. A special shout-out and THANK YOU goes to Jay for carefully recording and separating his data for each Zone so it was SUPER EASY to incorporate into the Zone totals.
DISNEY CAST MEMBERS - I have already entered your hours on the event in the VoluntEARS system. Please use them towards an Ears to You Grant in early 2022!
Below I'm going to give you some nerdy stats for this year's Clermont CBC. Feel free to look them over if you're interested, but if you're not, I still highly recommend you open the attached files and you look at the data. Please tell me if you have any questions or corrections.
Thank you all once again for the amazing birding! As always, thanks to Bruce and Cathy Brown for graciously and excitedly hosting us again this year at the Scrub Jay Trail! Thank you to their team of volunteers who help with logistics, and to Carrabba's of Clermont for once again providing us with delicious food. Seriously, we should all be getting take-out from there to support them during these times, and dining there in-person to thank them after these times.
I hope 2021 is a fun birding year for everyone, and that you can all join us for next year's Clermont CBC!
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