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Christmas Bird Count

Common Ravens Photo: Ankur Khurana

Christmas Bird Count

Common Ravens Photo: Ankur Khurana

Started in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is North America’s longest-running Citizen Science project. People in more than 2000 locations throughout the Western Hemisphere participate in the CBC each year.

 

The information collected by thousands of CBC volunteer participants forms one of the world’s largest sets of wildlife survey data. The results are used by conservation biologists, environmental planners, and naturalists to assess the population trends and distribution of birds.

The CBC in each Count Circle is planned on a day between December 14 and January 5.  Effort for each circle is  organized by a Compiler, who is a fellow volunteer (or team of volunteers) at the local level, often supported by a birding club or naturalist organization.

 

Want to be part of the Christmas Bird Count? Click the green buttons below!

Step 1. Let us know by signing up

It’s free to participate! Sign up for the monthly Birds Canada enews to keep informed.

Step 2. Find a Count Circle and Compiler near you

Use this map to see if you live in or near a CBC Count Circle. Click on that circle to see the date and your local Compiler’s email.

Step 3. Count birds in a portion of your circle, or from home!

Send an email to your Compiler who can help you decide how best to participate, whether that’s counting birds in a designated area in the field or from the comfort of your home!   The following resources should serve as a helpful guide for getting started.

Field Counters travel and cover a portion of the Count Circle on their own or in a small party, counting all birds they find.

Photo: Jason Leathem

Feeder Counters record all the birds visiting their feeders or yard from a stationary position. 

Black-capped Chickadee Photo: Kerrie Wilcox

Read summaries from last season’s CBC

2020/21 Canadian Summary

By Yousif Attia, Canadian CBC Coordinator, Birds Canada

A total of 450 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) circles in Canada submitted results for the 121st, 19 fewer than last year. One circle on Saint Pierre and Miquelon was also welcomed back after a two-year hiatus. Many counts did not go ahead due to restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, although most counts were able to proceed with additional safety measures in place. Fourteen new circles were registered in 2020-21: Lacombe (AB), Ladysmith (BC), Hartland, Mount Carleton, New Jersey-Neguac, Nictau-Riley Brook, Perth-Andover, Plaster Rock, Red Bank-Sunny Corner, Southeast Upsalquitch, Springfield, Sussex (NB), and Val Marie (SK). The New Brunswick circles represent established counts that had not yet officially registered. Two additional previously registered circles were revived: St. Andrews (NB) and Torch Valley (SK).

A total of 10,741 field counters and 4586 feeder counters reported just shy of three and a half million individual birds of 284 species (Table 1). Edmonton, AB, had the highest number of total participants on count day (473), followed by Victoria, BC (319), and Calgary, AB (287). The top five counts reporting highest species diversity were Victoria, BC (143), Ladner, BC (128), Halifax-Dartmouth, NS (127), Parksville-Qualicum Beach, BC (123), and White Rock-Surrey-Langley, BC (123).

The Atlantic region, comprised of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon enjoyed a relatively mild fall, followed by a perfect storm of cold and snow that concentrated lingering birds. Québec’s winters are known to be cold, but this year, the first half of December was one of the mildest in memory Even the Prairie provinces reported mild temperatures and pleasant counting conditions for at least the earlier part of the season. The coldest CBC for the 121st comes not surprisingly from the most northerly count, Arctic Bay, NU, where it was -37 degrees Celsius for the duration of the count.

Species Highlights by Region

All provincial and territorial counts are summarized in Table 1.

The top 10 most abundant species in terms of individuals reported on Canadian counts during the 121st CBC season, listed from highest to lowest, were: Canada Goose, American Crow, European Starling, Mallard, Black-capped Chickadee, House Sparrow, Snow Goose, Pine Siskin, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), and Common Redpoll. Common Raven was the most widespread species, detected on more counts than any other species.

One new species, a female Common Pochard during count week, was added to the all-time Canadian list during the 121st CBC, which stands at 439 species. For the fourth year in a row, a Pink-footed Goose at St. Johns, NL, made a showing on count day. The steady increase in Broad-winged Hawks reported in the region is notable, as was a yellow-bellied (Tropical/Western/Couch’s) kingbird species at Lunenberg, NS, and a Rock Wren at Halifax-Dartmouth, NS. The finch irruption that took place throughout the continent was felt in the Atlantic region with increased numbers of Common Redpolls, and Pine and Evening grosbeaks. Québec and Ontario also experienced a finch invasion, including increased reports of other northern irrupting species like Bohemian Waxwing and Northern Shrike. Otterburn Park QC reported two noteworthy rarities, Pink-footed Goose and Bullock’s Oriole. A male Scott’s Oriole at Hanover-Walkerton was a colorful addition to the list of noteworthy birds in Ontario. One feeder at Pinawa, MB held a Brown Thrasher, and one of three Varied Thrushes in the province. Gulls are historically rare or absent on the prairies during CBCs, so the 32 Herring Gulls at Gardiner Dam were at testament to the milder temperature leading up to the season. Similar to eastern Canada, finch invasion numbers in the middle of the country were up to three times as high as the previous year. In Alberta, a Swainson’s Thrush at Calgary was noteworthy and a first for the provincial winter list. The diversity of finches that irrupted in 2020/21 west of the continental divide was not as dramatic as further east, although Pine Siskins were the second most abundant bird in British Columbia. Among the many rarities there, the count week Common Pochard at Parksville-Qualicum Beach and a Black Phoebe at Victoria were most notable.

Species diversity during the 121st increased for all counts compared to last year, except for Newfoundland and Yukon Territory, where there was a decrease, and Northwest Territories, where diversity remained the same. British Columbia had the highest diversity, reporting 224 species, followed by Ontario (177), Nova Scotia (175), Québec (146), and New Brunswick (142). Detailed regional summaries for the 121st CBC will be available on the Audubon website. Historical or current year results by count or species can be found on the Audubon website now

A special thanks goes out to compilers, who spend hours recruiting and organizing participants on the ground and rounding up and entering data. Thank you also to the regional editors who carefully ensure all CBC data are reviewed every year.

Table 1. 121st Christmas Bird Count Summary

 

Counts

Species1

Individuals

Field Counters

 Feeder Counters

Highest Species Total 121st

Highest Species Total 120th 

AB

55

126

229,679

1329

884

Calgary (69)

Calgary (64)

BC

86

224

1,024,145

2828

719

Victoria (143)

Victoria (135)

MB

18

82

54,527

317

294

Winnipeg (49)

Brandon (43)

NB

43

142

144,409

567

357

Cape Tormentine (74)

Grand Manan Island (63)

NL

10

108

40,532

159

51

St. Johns (72)

St. Johns (67)

NS

32

175

251,138

710

316

Halifax-Dartmouth (127)

Halifax-Dartmouth (105)

NT

3

25

5488

45

14

Fort Smith (17)

Fort Smith (16)

NU

2

5

628

3

0

Arctic Bay (4)

Rankin Inlet (2)

ON

112

177

1,182,346

3233

1434

Long Point (115)

Blenheim (104)

PE

3

86

32,922

50

20

Prince Edward Island N.P. (64)

Hillsborough (47)

QC

37

146

380,687

924

238

Quebec (84)

Montreal (74)

SK

40

91

141,375

439

184

Saskatoon (44)

Gardiner Dam (45)

YT

9

38

7161

131

75

Whitehorse (28)

Whitehorse (27)

PM

1

51

6721

6

0

Ile St.-Pierre (51)

Total

451

284

3,501,758

10,741

4586

 

  1. Includes species detected during Count Week

 

2020/21 Canadian High Counts Article

By Yousif Attia, Canadian CBC Coordinator, Birds Canada

During the 121st Christmas Bird Count (CBC) in Canada, counts reported 284 species, a decrease of five species from last year. Seven additional species, Common Pochard, Cattle Egret, Barn Swallow, American Redstart, Black-throated Green Warbler, Western Tanager, and Indigo Bunting were recorded only during count week. A yellow-bellied kingbird species (i.e., Western/Tropical/Couch’s), although not identified to species, is still a very rare bird on Canadian CBCs. The count week Common Pochard is new for the all-time Canadian species list, which now sits at 439 species.

Each of Canada’s ten provinces and all three territories recorded at least one species high count during the 121st CBC season. Counts in British Columbia (BC) recorded the most species high counts (153), followed by Ontario (92) and Nova Scotia (42). Victoria, BC, was the circle to achieve the most species high counts (43), followed by Ladner, BC (24), Long Point, ON (13), St. Johns, NL (11), and Toronto, ON (9). Twenty of the high counts during the 121st CBC season represent new all-time Canadian highs (numbers boldfaced). Fifty-two high counts are high counts not only for Canada, but all of North America (numbers italicized). Unestablished exotics and hybrids are excluded from this list.

Snow Goose 54,046 (QC, Otterburn Park); Ross’s Goose 2 (ON, Hamilton; QC, Otterburn Park); Greater White-fronted Goose 22 (BC, Chilliwack); Pink-footed Goose 1 (NL, St. Johns; QC, Otterburn Park); Brant 1081 (BC, Ladner); Cackling Goose 6153 (BC, Chilliwack); Canada Goose 61,700 (SK, Estevan); Mute Swan 775 (ON, Presqu’ile P.P.); Trumpeter Swan 1078 (BC, Chilliwack); Tundra Swan 9347 (ON, Blenheim); Wood Duck 300 (BC, Victoria); Blue-winged Teal 1 (NS, St. Peters); Northern Shoveler 762 (BC, Ladner); Gadwall 820 (ON, Long Point); Eurasian Wigeon 79 (BC, Ladner); American Wigeon 17,228 (BC, Ladner); Mallard 11,635 (BC, Ladner); American Black Duck 1891 (NS, Wolfville); Northern Pintail 4971 (BC, Ladner); Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) 2 (NL, St. Johns); Green-winged Teal (American) 1454 (BC, Ladner); Canvasback 4645 (ON, Long Point); Redhead 19,740 (ON, Long Point); Ring-necked Duck 554 (BC, Duncan); Tufted Duck 52 (NL, St. Johns); Greater Scaup 6791 (BC, Ladner); Lesser Scaup 658 (BC, Duncan); King Eider 3 (ON, Peach Tree; QC, Tadoussac); Common Eider 1541 (NB, Blacks Harbour); Harlequin Duck 420 (BC, Deep Bay); Surf Scoter 2067 (BC, Pender Harbour); White-winged Scoter 6670 (ON, Peach Tree); Black Scoter 2108 (QC, Forillon N.P.); Long-tailed Duck 11,578 (ON, Peach Tree); Bufflehead 1823 (BC, Victoria); Common Goldeneye 5038 (QC, Baie-Missisquoi); Barrow’s Goldeneye 1296 (BC, Pender Harbour); Hooded Merganser 488 (BC, Victoria); Common Merganser 2500 (BC, Victoria); Red-breasted Merganser 2488 (ON, Long Point); Ruddy Duck 227 (BC, White Rock-Surrey-Langley).

California Quail 1981 (BC, Penticton); Chukar 24 (BC, Lillooet); Gray Partridge 783 (SK, Regina); Ring-necked Pheasant 152 (NS, Wolfville); Ruffed Grouse 32 (QC, Hudson); Spruce Grouse 6 (NT, Fort Smith); Willow Ptarmigan 22 (NT, Yellowknife); Rock Ptarmigan 5 (NU, Arctic Bay); White-tailed Ptarmigan 1 (BC, Smithers, Whistler); Dusky Grouse 3 (BC, Penticton); Sooty Grouse 2 (BC, Cortes Island); Sharp-tailed Grouse 185 (SK, Harris); Wild Turkey 521 (ON, Dunrobin-Breckenridge, Pakenham-Arnprior); Pied-billed Grebe 66 (BC, Victoria); Horned Grebe 307 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring); Red-necked Grebe 200 (BC, Comox); Eared Grebe 4 (BC, Cortes Island, Galiano-North Saltspring); Western Grebe 400 (BC, Powell River); Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5379 (ON, Toronto); Band-tailed Pigeon 11 (BC, Parksville-Qualicum Beach); Eurasian Collared-Dove 281 (BC, Vernon); Mourning Dove 1356 (ON, Peterborough); Anna’s Hummingbird 1331 (BC, Victoria); Rufous Hummingbird 1 (BC, Squamish); Virginia Rail 29 (BC, Nanaimo); Sora 1 (BC, Victoria); Common Gallinule 1 (NL, St. Johns); American Coot 2373 (BC, Kuskanook); Sandhill Crane 5786 (ON, Long Point); Black Oystercatcher 145 (BC, Deep Bay); Black-bellied Plover 984 (BC, Ladner); Killdeer 79 (BC, Victoria); Whimbrel 1 (BC, Deep Bay); Marbled Godwit 9 (BC, White Rock-Surrey-Langley); Black Turnstone 483 (BC, Deep Bay); Surfbird 420 (BC, Nanaimo); Sanderling 685 (BC, Ladner); Dunlin 33,255 (BC, Ladner); Rock Sandpiper 13 (BC, Sunshine Coast); Purple Sandpiper 227 (NL, Cape Race); Western Sandpiper 6 (BC, White Rock-Surrey-Langley); Long-billed Dowitcher 60 (BC, White Rock-Surrey-Langley); American Woodcock 1 (ON, Port Hope-Cobourg, Toronto); Wilson’s Snipe 25 (BC, Victoria); Spotted Sandpiper 2 (BC, Victoria); Willet 1 (BC, Ladner; NS, Broad Cove); Greater Yellowlegs 265 (BC, Ladner).

Pomarine Jaeger 26 (NS, Brier Island); Dovekie 389 (NL, Cape Race); Common Murre 1152 (BC, Sooke); Thick-billed Murre 6 (NL, Cape Race); Razorbill 119 (PE, East Point); Black Guillemot 970 (QC, Forillon N.P.); Pigeon Guillemot 136 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring); Marbled Murrelet 105 (BC, Pender Harbour); Ancient Murrelet 1807 (BC, Parksville-Qualicum Beach); Cassin’s Auklet 1 (BC, Bamfield); Rhinoceros Auklet 61 (BC, Sooke); Atlantic Puffin 2 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Black-legged Kittiwake 1262 (NB, Brier Island); Bonaparte’s Gull 1401 (NS, Antigonish); Black-headed Gull 14 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Little Gull 1 (NS, Pictou Harbour; ON, Long Point); Short-billed Gull 1593 (BC, Parksville-Qualicum Beach); Ring-billed Gull 1636 (ON, West Elgin); Western Gull 4 (BC, Galiano-North Saltspring); California Gull 1028 (BC, Penticton); Herring Gull 6913 (NS, Wolfville); Iceland Gull 1923 (NL, St. Johns); Iceland Gull (Thayer’s) 1308 (BC, Powell River); Iceland Gull (kumlieni) 638 (NS, The Sydneys); Lesser Black-backed Gull 10 (ON, St. Clair N.W.A.); Slaty-backed Gull 1 (BC, Tlell; ON, Toronto); Glaucous-winged Gull 10,935 (BC, Ladner); Glaucous Gull 381 (NL, St. Johns); Great Black-backed Gull 2510 (QC, Longueuil); Red-throated Loon 43 (ON, Blenheim); Pacific Loon 721 (BC, Parksville-Qualicum Beach); Common Loon 170 (BC, Comox); Yellow-billed Loon 1 (BC, Kitimat, White Rock-Surrey-Langley); Northern Fulmar 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Northern Gannet 94 (NS, Brier Island); Brandt’s Cormorant 2327 (BC, Sooke); Double-crested Cormorant 937 (BC, Sooke); Great Cormorant 89 (NS, Brier Island); Pelagic Cormorant 1018 (BC, Victoria); American White Pelican 1 (AB, High River; ON, Long Point); American Bittern 1 (BC, Ladner; NS, Halifax-Dartmouth);Great Blue Heron 260 (BC, Ladner); Great Egret 1 (NS, Cape Sable Island); Green Heron 1 (BC, Abbotsford-Mission); Black-crowned Night-Heron 6 (ON, Toronto).

Black Vulture 1 (ON, Sandbanks; QC, Lascelles); Turkey Vulture 95 (NS, Yarmouth); Osprey 1 (ON, Hanover-Walkerton); Golden Eagle 9 (BC, Penticton); Northern Harrier 126 (BC, Ladner); Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 (BC, Parksville-Qualicum Beach; ON, Kitchener); Cooper’s Hawk 49 (BC, Victoria); Northern Goshawk 5 (BC, Terrace); Bald Eagle 1345 (BC, Ladner); Red-shouldered Hawk 1 (ON, Dunnville, Dunrobin-Breckenridge, Kettle Point, Long Point, Napanee, Orono, Peel-Halton Counties, Sandbanks, Skunk’s Misery, Toronto, West Elgin, Woodhouse Township); Broad-winged Hawk 1 (NB, Shediac; NS, Bedford-Sackville, Caledonia, Chezzetcook, Kingston, Yarmouth); Red-tailed Hawk 142 (ON, Peel-Halton Counties); Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan’s) 1 (BC, Armstrong-Enderby, Lake Country, Oliver-Osoyoos); Rough-legged Hawk 63 (ON, Linwood); Barn Owl 7 (BC, Ladner); Western Screech-Owl 2 (BC, Kelowna); Eastern Screech-Owl 63 (ON, Cambridge); Great Horned Owl 30 (BC, Victoria); Snowy Owl 21 (ON, Linwood); Northern Hawk Owl 3 (BC, Smithers); Northern Pygmy-Owl 9 (BC, Creston Valley, Smithers); Barred Owl 18 (BC, Victoria); Great Gray Owl 15 (AB, Cochrane Wildlife Reserve); Long-eared Owl 9 (ON, Peel-Halton Counties); Short-eared Owl 72 (ON, Amherst Island); Boreal Owl 1 (AB, Devon-Calmar; SK, Love, Torch Valley; YT, Haines Junction); Northern Saw-whet Owl 4 (ON, Amherst Island).

Belted Kingfisher 34 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring, Victoria); Red-headed Woodpecker 2 (ON, Dunrobin-Breckenridge, Frontenac); Red-bellied Woodpecker 159 (ON, London); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3 (ON, Port Hope-Cobourg, West Elgin); Red-breasted Sapsucker 26 (BC, Galiano-North Saltspring); American Three-toed Woodpecker 10 (AB, Banff-Canmore, Jasper); Black-backed Woodpecker 6 (SK, Prince Albert N.P.); Downy Woodpecker 430 (AB, Edmonton); Hairy Woodpecker 191 (MB, Winnipeg); Northern Flicker 600 (BC, Victoria); Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 310 (BC, Kelowna); Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 34 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Pileated Woodpecker 86 (AB, Edmonton); American Kestrel 37 (ON, Peach Tree); Merlin 21 (BC, Victoria); Gyrfalcon 2 (AB, Devon-Calmar); Peregrine Falcon 21 (BC, Ladner); Prairie Falcon 4 (AB, Medicine Hat).

Black Phoebe 1 (BC, Victoria); Eastern Phoebe 4 (ON, Guelph, St. Thomas, West Elgin); Northern Shrike 12 (ON, Dunrobin-Breckenridge); Hutton’s Vireo 8 (BC, Galiano-North Saltspring); Blue-headed Vireo 1 (NS, Yarmouth); Canada Jay 74 (ON, Eagle River); Steller’s Jay 222 (BC, Parksville-Qualicum Beach); Blue Jay 1441 (NS, Wolfville); California Scrub-Jay 2 (BC, Ladner); Black-billed Magpie 3447 (AB, Edmonton); Clark’s Nutcracker 91 (AB, Banff-Canmore); American Crow 72,000 (QC, St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu); Fish Crow 2 (ON, Peel-Halton Counties); Common Raven 3093 (NT, Yellowknife); Horned Lark 810 (ON, Wallaceburg); Black-capped Chickadee 3691 (AB, Edmonton); Mountain Chickadee 332 (BC, Banff-Canmore); Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2566 (BC, Victoria); Boreal Chickadee 68 (AB, Sheep River); Tufted Titmouse 43 (ON, Kettle Point, Wallaceburg); Bushtit 1293 (BC, Victoria); Red-breasted Nuthatch 769 (BC, Victoria); White-breasted Nuthatch 866 (MB, Winnipeg); Pygmy Nuthatch 333 (BC, Kelowna); Brown Creeper 206 (BC, Victoria); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth).

Rock Wren 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth ); Canyon Wren 15 (BC, Vaseux Lake); House Wren 2 (NB, St. Stephen); Pacific Wren 376 (BC, Victoria); Winter Wren 35 (ON, Toronto); Marsh Wren 45 (BC, Ladner); Carolina Wren 101 (ON, Hamilton); Bewick’s Wren 420 (BC, Victoria); American Dipper 25 (BC, Lillooet, Squamish); Golden-crowned Kinglet 832 (BC, Victoria); Ruby-crowned Kinglet 336 (BC, Victoria); Eastern Bluebird 88 (ON, West Elgin); Western Bluebird 243 (BC, Oliver-Osoyoos); Mountain Bluebird 4 (BC, Vaseux Lake); Townsend’s Solitaire 53 (BC, Williams Lake); Swainson’s Thrush 1 (AB, Calgary); Hermit Thrush 34 (BC, Victoria); American Robin 6185 (BC, Victoria); Varied Thrush 390 (BC, Victoria); Gray Catbird 6 (ON, Long Point); Brown Thrasher 1 (AB, Lac La Biche; MB, Pinawa-Lac du Bonnet; ON, Pembroke, Peach Tree, Sault Ste. Marie; QC, Georgeville); Northern Mockingbird 21 (ON, Toronto); European Starling 13,692 (BC, Ladner); Bohemian Waxwing 5148 (ON, Ottawa-Gatineau); Cedar Waxwing 434 (ON, Port Hope-Cobourg); House Sparrow 7077 (MB, Winnipeg); American Pipit 68 (BC, Victoria); Evening Grosbeak 882 (NB, Sackville); Pine Grosbeak 593 (BC, Prince George); Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch 12 (BC, Smithers); House Finch 1523 (BC, Victoria); Purple Finch 130 (BC, Victoria); Cassin’s Finch 31 (BC, Lillooet); Common Redpoll 4024 (ON, Dunrobin-Breckenridge); Hoary Redpoll 79 (NT, Yellowknife); Red Crossbill 1626 (BC, Victoria); White-winged Crossbill 404 (BC, Smithers); Pine Siskin 9047 (BC, Victoria); Lesser Goldfinch 1 (BC, Kelowna, Penticton); American Goldfinch 1727 (NS, Wolfville).

Lapland Longspur 12 (ON, Pike Bay); Snow Bunting 3488 (ON, Dunrobin-Breckenridge); Spotted Towhee 1232 (BC, Victoria); Eastern Towhee 3 (ON, Long Point); American Tree Sparrow 787 (ON, Wallaceburg); Chipping Sparrow 6 (ON, Long Point); Clay-colored Sparrow 2 (NS, Wolfville); Field Sparrow 23 (ON, Woodhouse Township); Lark Sparrow 1 (NS, Glace Bay); Savannah Sparrow 54 (BC, Victoria); Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) 93 (NS, Sable Island); Fox Sparrow 1740 (BC, Victoria); Song Sparrow 1052 (BC, White Rock-Surrey-Langley); Lincoln’s Sparrow 124 (BC, Victoria); Swamp Sparrow 115 (ON, Long Point); White-throated Sparrow 129 (ON, Toronto); Harris’s Sparrow 2 (ON, Port Hope-Cobourg); White-crowned Sparrow 595 (BC, Victoria); Golden-crowned Sparrow 1843 (BC, Victoria); Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2072 (ON, St. Thomas); Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 6101 (BC, Victoria).

Yellow-breasted Chat 3 (NL, St. Johns; NS, Halifax-Dartmouth); Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 (BC, Creston Valley, 100 Mile House, Kelowna; PE, Hillsborough); Eastern Meadowlark 2 (ON, Saugeen Shores); Western Meadowlark 28 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring); Bullock’s Oriole 1 (BC, Comox; QC, Otterburn Park); Baltimore Oriole 3 (NS, Lunenburg); Red-winged Blackbird 6060 (ON, Long Point); Brown-headed Cowbird 626 (QC, St.-Timothee); Rusty Blackbird 9 (ON, Manitoulin Island); Brewer’s Blackbird 1855 (BC, Ladner); Common Grackle 396 (ON, Wallaceburg); Black-and-white Warbler 1 (NL, St. Johns); Tennessee Warbler 1 (NL, St. Johns; NS, Yarmouth); Orange-crowned Warbler 6 (ON, Toronto); Common Yellowthroat 6 (ON, Blenheim); Cape May Warbler 1 (NL, Stephenville); Northern Parula 2 (ON, Peel-Halton Counties); Yellow Warbler 1 (NL, St. Johns); Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 (QC, Beauce Sud); Palm Warbler 3 (NS, Wolfville); Pine Warbler 9 (NS, Bedford-Sackville); Yellow-rumped Warbler 40 (BC, Victoria); Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 62 (NS, Cape Sable Island); Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) 4 (BC, Kelowna); Townsend’s Warbler 6 (BC, Victoria); Wilson’s Warbler 2 (NS, Bedford-Sackville); Northern Cardinal 741 (ON, Ottawa-Gatineau); Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 (ON, Woodhouse Township); Dickcissel 1 (NB, Cape Sable Island, Wolfville).

All-time Canadian High Counts (2020 Update)

 

This is a summary of the highest counts reported for individual species and forms in Canada since the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) began in 1900. A total of 438 species have been reported on Count Days during that period, which is an increase of 18 species since Richard Cannings summarized Canadian CBCs ten years ago. British Columbia CBCs recorded the most species high counts (187), followed by Ontario (115), Nova Scotia (61), Alberta, (18), and Newfoundland and Labrador (17).

There are seven species and one form only found during Count Week (cw): Tundra Bean-Goose, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Laysan Albatross, Manx Shearwater, Magnificent Frigatebird, Red-tailed (Krider’s) Hawk, and Cassin’s Vireo. The list of hypothetical species reported during CBCs that are under review by Bird Records Committee include: European Golden-Plover, Little Stint, Common Snipe, Jack Snipe, Oak/Juniper Titmouse.

The format for listing is as follows: species name followed by number of individuals, (within parenthesis, province or territory followed by CBC name(s) and count year where high count was first reported. Unestablished exotics and hybrids are excluded from this list.

 

Emperor Goose 2 (BC, Skidegate Inlet 89), Snow Goose 127,022 (QC, Baie-Missisquoi 117), Ross’s Goose 4 (ON, Blenheim 114), Greater White-fronted Goose 338 (BC, Chilliwack 80), Tundra Bean-Goose cw (NS, Yarmouth 114), Pink-footed Goose 14 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 100), Brant 4800 (BC, Ladner 115), Barnacle Goose 1 (QC, Longueuil 110), Cackling Goose 5305 (BC, Chilliwack 119), Canada Goose 47,551 (AB, Lethbridge 120), Mute Swan 1201 (ON, Holiday Beach 115), Trumpeter Swan 3443 (BC, Kelowna 96), Tundra Swan 10,870 (ON, St. Clair N.W.A. 116), Wood Duck 964 (BC, Chilliwack 114), Blue-winged Teal 30 (BC, Fisherville 104), Cinnamon Teal 8 (BC, Ladner 83), Northern Shoveler 988 (BC, Duncan 78), Gadwall 6879 (ON, Blenheim 113), Eurasian Wigeon 113 (BC, Ladner 107), American Wigeon 58,860 (BC, Ladner 92), Mallard 46,851 (ON, St. Clair N.W.A. 119), American Black Duck 13,651 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 103), Northern Pintail 55,070 (BC, Ladner 92), Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) 12 (NL, St. John, 111), Green-winged Teal (American) 23,472 (BC, Ladner 92), Canvasback 25,800 (ON, St. Clair N.W.A. 107), Redhead 26,081 (ON, Long Point 115), Ring-necked Duck 850 (BC, Duncan 111), Tufted Duck 78 (NL, St. Johns 114), Greater Scaup 60,200 (ON, Point Pelee 113), Lesser Scaup 15,000 (ON, Point Pelee 91), King Eider 22 (ON, Hamilton 64), Common Eider 7528 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 97), Harlequin Duck 886 (BC, Deep Bay 83), Surf Scoter 12,216 (BC, Lower Howe Sound 112), White-winged Scoter 10,115 (ON, Prince Edward Point 95), Black Scoter 1450 (PE, East Point 112), Long-tailed Duck 148,326 (ON, Prince Edward Point 102), Bufflehead 3487 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring 116), Common Goldeneye 11,612 (BC, Tlell 105), Barrow’s Goldeneye 3747 (BC, Lower Howe Sound 106), Smew 1 (BC, White Rock 90), Hooded Merganser 701 (BC, Victoria 107), Common Merganser 39,640 (ON, Point Pelee 90), Red-breasted Merganser 35, 803 (ON, Oshawa 112), Ruddy Duck 11,280 (BC, White Rock 79).

Mountain Quail 9 (BC, Victoria 64),California Quail 4566 (BC, Penticton 105), Chukar 281 (BC, Oliver-Osoyoos 113), Gray Partridge 728 (SK, Regina 104), Ring-necked Pheasant 4000 (QC, St-Anne-du-Lac 113), Ruffed Grouse 149 (ON, Algonquin P.P. 107), Greater Sage-Grouse 106 (SK, Govenlock 80), Spruce Grouse 37 (MB, Riding Mountain N.P. 77), Willow Ptarmigan 476 (NT, Yellowknife 98), Rock Ptarmigan 46 (MB, Churchill 98), White-tailed Ptarmigan 48 (AB, Bow Summit 90), Dusky Grouse 17 (BC, Penticton 107, Sooty Grouse 4 (BC, Squamish 96), Sharp-tailed Grouse 390 (MB, Lyleton 107), Wild Turkey 849 (ON, Pakenham-Arnprior 111), Pied-billed Grebe 101 (BC, Ladner 79), Horned Grebe 1100 (BC, Victoria 67), Red-necked Grebe 708 (BC, Tlell 105), Eared Grebe 461 (BC, Pender Islands 81), Western Grebe 15,174 (BC, Deep Bay 84), Clark’s Grebe 2 (BC, Sooke 90), Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 18,020 (BC, Vancouver 102), Band-tailed Pigeon 449 (BC, Pender Islands 79), Eurasian Collared-Dove 608 (BC, Vernon 118), White-winged Dove 2 (NS, Cape Sable Island 110), Mourning Dove 2443 (ON, Cedar Creek 106), Anna’s Hummingbird 1256 (BC, Victoria 120), Costa’s Hummingbird 1 (BC, Vancouver 111), Rufous Hummingbird 4 (BC, Pender Islands 114), Xantus’s Hummingbird 1 (BC, Sunshine Coast 98), Clapper Rail 1 (NS, Broad Cove 74), King Rail 1 (ON, Long Point 77), Virginia Rail 39 (BC, Vancouver 85), Sora 3 (BC, Vaseux Lake 100), Purple Gallinule 1 (NS, Port L’Hebert 94), Common Gallinule 1 (ON, Hamilton 48), American Coot 8202 (ON, Blenheim 102), Sandhill Crane 3577 (ON, Long Point 120).

Black-necked Stilt 1 (ON, Wallaceburg 102), American Avocet 4 (BC, White Rock 98), Black Oystercatcher 391 (BC, Skidegate Inlet 113), Northern Lapwing 1 (NL, St. John’s 84), Black-bellied Plover 6855 (BC, Ladner 105), American Golden-Plover 2 (BC, Skidegate Inlet 98), Pacific Golden-Plover 3 (BC, Skidegate Inlet 101), Semipalmated Plover 6 (BC, Deep Bay 103), Killdeer 427 (BC, Ladner 102), Whimbrel 6 (BC, Victoria 63), Whimbrel (Eurasian) 1 (NS, Broad Cove 75), Long-billed Curlew 1 (BC, Ladner 80), Black-tailed Godwit 1 (PE, Prince Edward Island N.P. 99), Marbled Godwit 6 (BC, White Rock 108), Ruddy Turnstone 22 (NS, Louisbourg 68), Black Turnstone 3560 (BC, Comox 83), Red Knot 48 (NS, Cape Sable Island 100), Surfbird 644 (BC, Pender Islands 103), Ruff 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 103), Sanderling 1678 (BC, Rose Spit 100), Dunlin 84,773 (BC, Ladner 103), Rock Sandpiper 193 (BC, Greater Masset 88), Purple Sandpiper 430 (NB, Grand Manan Island 89), Baird’s Sandpiper 1 (ON, Blenheim 72), Least Sandpiper 42 (BC, Ladner 102), White-rumped Sandpiper 9 (NL, Cape Race 115), Pectoral Sandpiper 3 (BC, Nanaimo 79), Semipalmated Sandpiper 15 (NS, Cape Sable Island 103), Western Sandpiper 301 (BC, Ladner 108), Short-billed Dowitcher 68 (BC, Vancouver 70), Long-billed Dowitcher 683 (BC, Ladner 76), American Woodcock 5 (ON, Prince Edward Point 105, Wilson’s Snipe 151 (BC, Vancouver 82), Spotted Sandpiper 7 (BC, Nanaimo 113), Solitary Sandpiper cw (BC, Cortes Island 109), Wandering Tattler 1 (BC, Vancouver 64). Lesser Yellowlegs 7 (BC, Vancouver 70), Willet 3 (BC, Ladner 102), Spotted Redshank cw (NS, Halifax [west] 60), Greater Yellowlegs 91 (BC, White Rock 106), Red-necked Phalarope 1 (NS, Louisbourg and Cape Breton 73), Red Phalarope 560 (BC, Sooke 103).

Great Skua 1 (NS, Brier Island 93), Pomarine Jaeger 4 (NS, Brier Island 120), Parasitic Jaeger 1 (BC, White Rock 78), Dovekie 73,668 (NL, L’Anse-aux-Meadows 85), Common Murre 10,940 (BC, Campbell River 95), Thick-billed Murre 51,050 (NL, L’Anse-aux-Meadows 85), Razorbill 15,000 (NB, Grand Manan Island 99), Black Guillemot 1009 (QC, Forillon N.P. 104), Pigeon Guillemot 583 (BC, Sidney-South Saltspring 120), Marbled Murrelet 2125 (BC, Ladner 76), Kittlitz’s Murrelet 1 (BC, Victoria 86), Ancient Murrelet 21,420 (BC, Sunshine Coast 112), Cassin’s Auklet 1398 (BC, Rose Spit 96), Rhinoceros Auklet 113 (BC, Victoria 100), Atlantic Puffin 200 (NS, Brier Island 91), Tufted Puffin 2 (BC, Victoria 66), Black-legged Kittiwake 48,000 (NS, Brier Island 79), Ivory Gull 17 (NL, L’Anse-aux-Meadows 86), Sabine’s Gull 1 (BC, Victoria 64), Bonaparte’s Gull 26,187 (ON, Niagara Falls 92), Black-headed Gull 365 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 106), Little Gull 117 (ON, Long Point 92), Laughing Gull 2 (NS, Halifax [east] 69), Franklin’s Gull 1 (AB, Lethbridge 117), Black-tailed Gull 1 (NL, St. Johns 111), Heermann’s Gull 4 (BC, Pender Islands 83), Mew Gull 16,375 (BC, Victoria 75), Ring-billed Gull 33,522 (ON, West Elgin 112), Western Gull 121 (BC, Tofino 102), California Gull 1007 (BC, Parksville-Qualicum Beach 103), Herring Gull 30,610 (NS, Wolfville 99), Yellow-legged Gull 2 (NL, St. John’s 111), Iceland Gull 6004 (QC, Tadoussac 93), Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull 3110 (BC, Victoria 104), Iceland (kumlieni) Gull 3611 (NL, St. John’s 110), Lesser Black-backed Gull 74 (ON, Barrie 106), Slaty-backed Gull 1 (BC, Ladner 94), Glaucous-winged Gull 55,803 (BC, Ladner 106), Glaucous Gull 1269 (NL, St. Anthony 82), Great Black-backed Gull 14,275 (NL, Corner Brook 98), Caspian Tern 1 (ON, Hamilton 81), Black Tern 1 (ON, Wiarton 92), Common Tern 5 (BC, Surrey Municipality 62), Forster’s Tern 2 (ON, Blenheim 102).

Red-throated Loon 1151 (BC, Tlell 105), Arctic Loon 1 (BC, Duncan 108), Pacific Loon 4437 (BC, Campbell River 105), Common Loon 618 (BC, Comox 105), Yellow-billed Loon 43 (BC, Hecate Strait 110), Laysan Albatross cw (BC, Juan de Fuca 112), Black-footed Albatross 2 (BC, Greater Masset 114), Northern Fulmar 1619 (NL, Cape St. Mary’s 100), Black-capped Petrel 1 (ON, Wye Marsh 102), Cory’s Shearwater 1 (NB, Cape Tormentine 99), Buller’s Shearwater 1 (BC, Hecate Strait 106), Short-tailed Shearwater 81 (BC, Langara Island 100), Sooty Shearwater 1238 (BC, Rose Spit 99), Great Shearwater 15 (NS, Brier Island 116), Pink-footed Shearwater 1 (NS, Glace Bay 118), Manx Shearwater cw (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 109), Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 2 (BC, Rose Spit 119), Leach’s Storm-Petrel 6 (NL, Terra Nova N.P. 75), Magnificent Frigatebird cw (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 108), Northern Gannet 596 (NS, Cape Sable Island 100), Brandt’s Cormorant 4280 (BC, Sooke 86), Double-crested Cormorant 2361 (BC, Vancouver 120), Great Cormorant 433 (NS, Halifax [west] 85), Red-faced Cormorant 1 (BC, Rose Spit 114), Pelagic Cormorant 3233 (BC, Nanaimo 89), American White Pelican 10 (SK, Gardiner Dam 111), Brown Pelican 19 (BC, Victoria 113), American Bittern 26 (BC, Ladner 106), Great Blue Heron 317 (BC, Ladner 115), Great Egret 2 (NS, Cape Sable Island 109), Snowy Egret 1 (NS, Halifax [east] 80), Little Blue Heron 1 (NS, Yarmouth 100), Cattle Egret 3 (BC, Ladner 80), Green Heron 7 (BC, Pitt Meadows 111), Black-crowned Night-Heron 20 (ON, Toronto 107).

Black Vulture 16 (ON, Niagara Falls 120), Turkey Vulture 190 (ON, Dunnville 119), Osprey 3 (BC, Deep Bay 79), Golden Eagle 14 (SK, Fort Walsh Cypress Hills 88), Northern Harrier 162 (ON, Fisherville 91), Sharp-shinned Hawk 41 (SK, Saskatoon 62), Cooper’s Hawk 74 (BC, Nanaimo 117), Northern Goshawk 16 (SK, E.B. Campbell Dam 81), Bald Eagle 2805 (BC, Squamish 94), Red-shouldered Hawk 18 (QC, Longueuil 116), Broad-winged Hawk 2 (ON, Peel-Halton Counties 66), Swainson’s Hawk 1 (BC, Pitt Meadows 78), Red-tailed Hawk 345 (ON, Fisherville 94), Red-tailed (Harlan’s) Hawk 28 (BC, Vernon 117), Red-tailed (Krider’s) Hawk cw (ON, Point Pelee 102), Rough-legged Hawk 195 (ON, Kingston 75), Ferruginous Hawk 6 (AB, Edmonton 7), Barn Owl 49 (BC, Vancouver 78), Western Screech-Owl 23 (BC, Victoria 92), Eastern Screech-Owl 141 (ON, Fisherville 100), Great Horned Owl 80 (ON, Cambridge 87), Snowy Owl 107 (BC, Ladner 74), Northern Hawk Owl 40 (AB, Opal 105), Northern Pygmy-Owl 17 (BC, Vernon 78), Burrowing Owl 2 (BC, Kamloops 115), Barred Owl 26 (ON, Petroglyphs 120), Great Gray Owl 24 (MB, Pinawa-Lac du Bonnet 101), Long-eared Owl 65 (ON, Hamilton 61), Short-eared Owl 106 (ON, Fisherville 96), Boreal Owl 8 (AB, Cochrane Wildlife Reserve 103), Northern Saw-whet Owl 52 (BC, Vaseux Lake 106).

Belted Kingfisher 71 (BC, Victoria 90), Lewis’s Woodpecker 25 (BC, Penticton 75), Red-headed Woodpecker 114 (ON, Blenheim 84), Acorn Woodpecker 1 (BC, Abbotsford-Mission 111), Red-bellied Woodpecker 166 (ON, London 118), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4 (ON, London 81, Niagara Falls 72), Red-naped Sapsucker 2 (BC, Creston 91), Red-breasted Sapsucker 124 (BC, Sunshine Coast 117), American Three-toed Woodpecker 29 (ON, Ottawa-Gatineau 77), Black-backed Woodpecker 35 (ON, Algonquin P.P. 107), Downy Woodpecker 568 (AB, Edmonton 116), Hairy Woodpecker 379 (ON, Ottawa-Gatineau 115), White-headed Woodpecker 1 (BC, Vaseux Lake 76), Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 689 (BC, Victoria 118), Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 102 (NL, St. Johns 108), Pileated Woodpecker 85 (ON, Ottawa-Gatineau 115), American Kestrel 154 (ON, Fisherville 92), Merlin 43 (AB, Calgary 116), Gyrfalcon 6 (NL, St. Anthony 83), Peregrine Falcon 29 (BC, Ladner 110), Prairie Falcon 8 (AB, Nanton 110).

Ash-throated Flycatcher 1 (BC, Ladner 101), Western Kingbird 1 (BC, Victoria 64), Eastern Kingbird (NS, Yarmouth 74), Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 (ON, Cedar Creek, Gray Flycatcher 1 (ON, Fisherville 104), Dusky Flycatcher 1 (NS, Wolfville 97), Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher 1 NB, Grand Manan Island 116), Black Phoebe 1 (BC, Chilliwack 114), Eastern Phoebe 5 (ON, Toronto 119), Say’s Phoebe 2 (BC, Penticton 77), Vermilion Flycatcher 1 (ON, Wallaceburg 116), Loggerhead Shrike 2 (ON, St. Thomas 61), Northern Shrike 51 (ON, Oshawa 96), White-eyed Vireo 1 (ON, Pickering 85), Hutton’s Vireo 18 (BC, Pender Islands 106), Cassin’s Vireo cw (BC, Nanaimo 100), Blue-headed Vireo 2 (ON, Peel-Halton Counties 116), Plumbeous Vireo 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 100), Canada Jay 185 (AB, Cochrane Wildlife Reserve 96), Steller’s Jay 659 (BC, Victoria 93), Blue Jay 1598 (AB, Edmonton 89), California Scrub-Jay 2 (BC, White Rock 117), Clark’s Nutcracker 277 (AB, Banff-Canmore 79), Black-billed Magpie 3374 (AB, Edmonton 102), Eurasian. Jackdaw 1 (NS, Halifax [west] 85), American Crow 159,860 (ON, St. Clair N.W.A. 100), Northwestern Crow 35,365 (BC, Vancouver 110), Fish Crow 1 (ON, Hamilton 119), Common Raven 3007 (YT, Whitehorse 117).

Eurasian Skylark 960 (BC, Victoria 66), Horned Lark 6012 (ON, Blenheim 86), Tree Swallow 7 (NS, Halifax [east] 70), Violet-green Swallow 4 (BC, Comox 20), Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 (ON, London 80), Cliff Swallow 2 (BC, Vancouver 92), Barn Swallow 5 (ON, Sutton 104), Black-capped Chickadee 6239 (AB, Edmonton 94), Mountain Chickadee 519 (BC, Penticton 87), Chestnut-backed Chickadee 3143 (BC, Victoria 120), Boreal Chickadee 371 (NL, Terra Nova N.P. 85), Tufted Titmouse 70 (ON, Wallaceburg 104), Bushtit 2522 (BC, Victoria 100), Red-breasted Nuthatch 1384 (ON, Algonquin P.P. 79), White-breasted Nuthatch 771 (MB, Winnipeg 118), Pygmy Nuthatch 515 (BC, Penticton 90), Brown Creeper 277 (ON, Point Pelee 78), Rock Wren 6 (BC, Vaseux Lake 101), Canyon Wren 25 (BC, Oliver-Osoyoos 96), Carolina Wren 122 (ON, Hamilton 120), Bewick’s Wren 365 (BC, Victoria 112), House Wren 4 (BC, Nanaimo 80, ON, Thousand Islands 95), Pacific Wren 587 (BC, Victoria 114), Winter Wren 35 (ON, Toronto 115), Sedge Wren 1 (NS, Broad Cove 77), Marsh Wren 136 (BC, Ladner 104), American Dipper 149 (BC, Lillooet 103), Golden-crowned Kinglet 4000 (BC, Victoria 70), Ruby-crowned Kinglet 402 (BC, Victoria, 105), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 (ON, Point Pelee 83).

Red-flanked Bluetail 1 (BC, Comox 117), Northern Wheatear 1 (NL, St. Anthony 75), Eastern Bluebird 149 (ON, Cedar Creek 99), Western Bluebird 268 (BC, Penticton 120), Mountain Bluebird 12 (BC, Penticton 81), Townsend’s Solitaire 167 (BC, Vernon 116), Veery 1 (ON, Toronto 93), Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 (ON, Kingston 78), Swainson’s Thrush 1 (BC, Victoria 62), Hermit Thrush 76 (BC, Victoria 117), Wood Thrush 1 (MB, Winnipeg 85), Dusky Thrush 1 (BC, White Rock 93), Fieldfare 1 (NL, St. John’s 92), Redwing 1 (NL, Ferryland 99), Mistle Thrush 1 (NB, Mirimachi 118), American Robin 14,327 (BC, Victoria 96), Varied Thrush 1212 (BC, Vancouver 84), Gray Catbird 31 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 118), Northern Mockingbird 159 (ON, Niagara Falls 90), Sage Thrasher 1 (ON, Blenheim 109), Brown Thrasher 5 (ON, Hamilton 71), Curve-billed Thrasher 1 (SK, Dalmeny-Langham 107), European Starling 254,068 (BC, Vancouver 65), Crested Myna 1632 (BC, Vancouver 61), Bohemian Waxwing 35,298 (AB, Edmonton 106), Cedar Waxwing 6190 (ON, Sandbanks 117). Siberian Accentor 1 (BC, White Rock 116), House Sparrow 23,761 (MB, Winnipeg 90), Eurasian Tree Sparrow 2 (MB, Winnipeg 115), Citrine Wagtail 1 (BC, Comox, 113), Red-throated Pipit 1 (BC, Ladner 91), American Pipit 1327 (ON, Point Pelee 117), Common Chaffinch 1 (NS, Halifax [west] 89), Brambling 3 (BC, Port Clements 106), Evening Grosbeak 2621 (ON, Ottawa-Gatineau 73), Pine Grosbeak 1847 (NL, St. Anthony’s 75), Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch 600 (BC, Penticton 87), Purple Finch 1845 (NS, Broad Cove 92), Cassin’s Finch 312 (BC, Vaseux Lake 89), House Finch 3020 (ON, St. Thomas 89), Red Crossbill 3527 (ON, Algonquin P.P. 95), White-winged Crossbill 8728 (ON, Algonquin P.P. 85), Common Redpoll 14,159 (NB, Cape Tormentine 92), Hoary Redpoll 367 (NT, Nahanni Butte 115), Pine Siskin 11,128 (BC, Sooke 113), Lesser Goldfinch 1 (BC, Merritt 117), American Goldfinch 2696 (NS, Wolfville 92).

Lapland Longspur 550 (ON, Kingston 97), Smith’s Longspur 2 (AB, Nanton 103), Thick-billed Longspur 1 (SK, Govenlock 83), Snow Bunting 33,935 (SK, Raymore 83), McKay’s Bunting 2 (BC, Vancouver 105), Little Bunting 1 (BC, Greater Masset 109), Rustic Bunting 1 (SK, Creighton 110), Green-tailed Towhee 1 (BC, Comox 85), Spotted Towhee 1501 (BC, Victoria 117), Eastern Towhee 21 (ON, St. Thomas 56), American Tree Sparrow 4500 (ON, Long Point 68), Chipping Sparrow 83 (ON, Cedar Creek 106), Clay-colored Sparrow 2 (BC, Ladner 83), Field Sparrow 140 (ON, St. Thomas 69), Vesper Sparrow 12 (ON, St. Thomas 60), Lark Sparrow 1 (NS, Halifax [east] and ON, Moscow 86), Lark Bunting 1 (NS, Halifax [east] 60), Savannah Sparrow 143 (BC, Ladner 115), Savannah (Ipswich) Sparrow 10 (NS, Halifax [east] 80), Grasshopper Sparrow 1 (NS, Halifax [east] 66), Baird’s Sparrow 1 (BC, Nanaimo 95), LeConte’s Sparrow 2 (BC, Greater Masset 119), Nelson’s Sparrow 20 (NS, Halifax [east] 88), Seaside Sparrow 2 (NS, Halifax [east] 80), Fox Sparrow 951 (BC, Victoria 114), Song Sparrow 7819 (BC, Ladner 102), Lincoln’s Sparrow 137 (BC, Victoria 112), Swamp Sparrow 559 (ON, Long Point 85), White-throated Sparrow 1044 (NS, Broad Cove 77), Harris’s Sparrow 11 (BC, Vernon 86), White-crowned Sparrow 774 (BC, Ladner 76), Golden-crowned Sparrow 1937 (BC, Victoria 114), Dark-eyed (Gray-headed) Junco 1 (MB, Winnipeg 85), Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco 8823 (BC, Victoria 100), Dark-eyed (Pink-sided) Junco 2 (ON, London 108), Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 3337 (ON, Woodhouse Township 118), Dark-eyed (White-winged) Junco 1 (ON, Hamilton 65), Yellow-breasted Chat 18 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 113) Bobolink 1 (NS, Halifax [east] 74), Red-winged Blackbird 10,278 (ON, Long Point 110), Eastern Meadowlark 249 (ON, St. Thomas 73), Western Meadowlark 189 (BC, Ladner 110), Yellow-headed Blackbird 5 (MB, Delta Marsh 116), Rusty Blackbird 575 (ON, Blenheim 85), Brewer’s Blackbird 190,827 (BC, Ladner 117), Common Grackle 4400 (ON, Wallaceburg 102), Great-tailed Grackle 1 (ON, Long Point 89), Brown-headed Cowbird 30,000 (ON, Guelph 76), Hooded Oriole 1 (BC, Terrace 98), Bullock’s Oriole 1 (NS, Halifax [west] 70), Baltimore Oriole 28 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 109).

Blue-winged Warbler 1 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 102), Orange-crowned Warbler 10 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 97), Nashville Warbler 3 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 100), Northern Parula 1 (ON, Ottawa-Gatineau 94), Yellow Warbler 2 (BC, Vancouver 77), Magnolia Warbler 1 (NS, Halifax [west] 74), Cape May Warbler 1 (AB, Calgary 88), Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 (ON, Toronto 109), Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler 87 (BC, Vancouver 79), Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler 243 (NS, Cape Sable Island 98), Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 (ON, Kettle Point 83), Townsend’s Warbler 17 (BC, Juan de Fuca 111), Hermit Warbler 1 (NS, Broad Cove 95), Yellow-throated Warbler 2 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 102), Pine Warbler 14 (NS, Halifax [east] 84), Palm Warbler 15 (NS, Halifax [east] 88), Bay-breasted Warbler 1 (NS, Cape Sable Island 99), Blackpoll Warbler 1 (NS, Cape Sable Island 98), Black-and-white Warbler 4 (NL, St. John’s 94), Ovenbird 1 (ON, Hamilton 66), Northern Waterthrush 2 (ON, Long Point 74), MacGillivray’s Warbler 1 (BC, Terrace 103, Vancouver 101, and Victoria 68), Common Yellowthroat 15 (ON, Long Point 76), Hooded Warbler 1 (NS, Halifax [west] 77), Wilson’s Warbler 2 (NL, Corner Brook 102), Summer Tanager 3 (NS, Halifax-Dartmouth 118), Scarlet Tanager 1 (BC, William’s Lake 113), Western Tanager 1 (BC, Victoria 63), Northern Cardinal 882 (ON, London 112), Pyrrhuloxia 1 (ON, West Elgin 105), Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3 (NB, St. Stephen 106), Black-headed Grosbeak 1 (BC, Chilliwack 73), Blue Grosbeak 1 (QC, Quebec 90), Lazuli Bunting 1 (NS, Cape Sable Island 112), Indigo Bunting 3 (NS, Brier Island 118), Painted Bunting 1 (ON, Toronto 79), Dickcissel 4 (NS, St. Peters 70).

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