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55 th Calgary Christmas Bird Count. Sunday December 17, 2006. Observation Skills Test. Count all the “F” s in the text in the next slide:. FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS. Three. F INISHED F ILES ARE THE RE

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55th Calgary Christmas Bird Count

Sunday December 17, 2006


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Observation Skills Test

Count all the “F” s in the text in the next slide:


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FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE

SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI

FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH

THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS...


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Three

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE

SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI

FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH

THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS...


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Six

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE

SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI

FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH

THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS...


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Calgary Count Circle


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Conditions

  • Sunny from 11 AM

  • Temperature Range: -12 to -1 deg C

  • Wind: calm, then W 20 gusting to 37 km/h

  • Snow Cover: 4 - 10 cm

  • Open Water: Rivers 50 – 100 %, Reservoir, 0%

  • Low cone crop and many berries


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Field Observers


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Participants


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Effort


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Number of Individuals Seen

63 752

Second-Highest Ever


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New Records - Birders!!

No of Party-Hours: 255

(Old Record, 228.5 in 2005)

No of Field Observers: 107

(Old Record, 102 in 2005)


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Number of Species Recorded

69

20 yr avg - 65

2005 - 65


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Count Week

  • Count Day, 69

  • Count Week, 2

  • Total Including Count-Week, 71


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Battle of Alberta

Calgary, 69

Edmonton, 56


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Cumulative Species for Count

Cumulative, 133 species

No new species this year


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Number 1

15 505


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Number 2

12 709


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Number 3

12 301


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Number 4

6348


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Number 5

4611

Record High Count


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Number 6

2880


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Number 7

2264


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Number 8

2221

Record High Count


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Number 9

886


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Number 10

754

Record High Count


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Unusual Species

2 or less years in previous 10 years

Pacific Loon

Only previous record was in 1993 – the same winter as Pine Warbler and Northern Cardinal


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Fairly Unusual Species (2)

3 or 4 years in previous 10 years


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Record High Counts

Record High Counts were set for 12 species

(2003 – 19; 2004 – 6; 2005 -9)


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Record High Counts (1)


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Record High Counts (2)


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High Counts (1)

More than twice 10-year average


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High Counts (2)

More than twice 10-year average


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Low Counts

Less than 50%

of Ten-Year Average

Low counts in recent years: 2003 – 2; 2004 – 9; 2005 - 13


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Ten of Last

Ten Years

Old Faithfuls (1)


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Ten of Last

Ten Years

Old Faithfuls (2)


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Ten of Last

Ten Years

Old Faithfuls (3)


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Not Always Seen (1)

9 of Last

Ten Years


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Not Always Seen (2)

7-8 of Last

Ten Years


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Not Always Seen (3)

5-6 of Last

Ten Years


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Missed Species

Seen in at least 5 of last 10 years


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Scarcity of Rarities

1/54

24/36

43/43


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Count Week Birds


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Honorable Mention (1)


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Most Improved (1)

Team W-6S

(Costello and Costello)

improved from “Nowhere”

to 13th place


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Most Improved (2)

Team N-8

(Kissinger, Kissinger, Marler and Ryan)

improved from 20th place

to 9th place


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6th Place

Team E-2 (Mulligan, Fishkin, Howlin and Vanderpol)

Ring-necked Pheasant

22 species

109.2 points


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5th Place

Team E-4 (Wieckowski, Wieckowski and Phelps)

Coopers Hawk

Mountain Chickadee

30 species

140.6 points


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4th Place

Feeder Watchers

Song Sparrow

Purple Finch

34 species

164.9 points


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Contribution of Feeder Watchers

The only Song Sparrow and the only Purple Finch

>40%: Merlin, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and Pine Siskin

9 species > 40% vs. 7 species in 2005


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Bronze Medal

Team W-10 (Saunders, Callanan, Elder, Podlubny and Visser)

Ruffed Grouse

Prairie Falcon

Northern Saw-whet Owl

28 species

184.6 points


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Silver Medal

Team E-1 (Goulet, Goulet, Black and Bulman)

Northern Pintail

Pacific Loon

Gyrfalcon

33 species

249.6 points


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Gold Medal

Team S-1 (Hitchon, Hitchon, Clark, Flynn, Flynn, Mills, Rogers, Wilson and Woods)

Redhead

Long-tailed Duck

Snowy Owl

Gull species

32 species

273.0 points


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2001

Finch Fiesta


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2002

Gaggles of Geese Galore


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2003

Waxwing Wonderland (lots of Finches too)


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2004

Media Mania

(Honk, Honk!!)


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2005

Birding Bountiful

(Record number of birds and birders)


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2006

Scarcity of Rarities

(LOON-acy)


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Thanks!

  • To all Field Observers and Feeder Participants

  • To John McFaul, Terry Korolyk, Cedric Hitchon and Jim Washbrook

  • To Donna and Arthur Wieckowski

  • To Pat Harvey, Shirley Hill, May Jardine, Dorothy Johnston, Mary Lore and Catherine McGlashan

  • To Chris and Ken Havard


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Northern Shrike at Pearce Estates, Calgary

Christmas Bird Count , Dec 17, 2006 Photo by Arthur Wieckowski


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Happy New Year


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