Lake of the Sunset Glow

Christmas Bird Count

On January 2, 55 birders counted birds in the Cook area for a 24 hour period. The count was done by car, walking or watching yards and feeders.  Weather for the day started with a temperature of -33°F.  Here are the numbers:

  • Ruffed Grouse, 12
  • Spruce Grouse, 2
  • Bald Eagle, 3
  • Rock Dove, 130
  • Northern Hawk Owl, 3
  • Downy Woodpecker, 31
  • Hairy Woodpecker, 36
  • Pileated Woodpecker, 8
  • Northern Shrike, 1
  • American Crow, 2
  • Common Raven, 139
  • Blue Jay, 134
  • Gray Jay, 19
  • White- Nuthatch, 60
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch, 42
  • European Starling, 53
  • White-throated Sparrow, 1
  • Dark-eyed Junco, 8
  • Snow Bunting, 10
  • American Goldfinch, 530
  • Black-capped Chickadee, 707
  • Pine Grosbeak, 182
  • Evening Grosbeak, 101
  • Common Red Poll, 113
  • Pine Siskin, 52
  • House Sparrow, 9

Some significant findings were:  sighting 3 Northern Hawk Owls verified reports of Northern Owls moving south in search of food; American Goldfinch numbers increased from 33 in 2009 to 530; Red-breasted Nuthatches dropped from 136 to 42; and numbers of Pine Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins and Common Red Polls were much less this year.

Thanks to the North Country Free Press for the information.

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