Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 23:23:45 -0500
Reply-To: John Gatchet <gatchet@GCCSDA.ORG>
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From: John Gatchet <gatchet@GCCSDA.ORG>
Subject: Re: Floyd County CBC
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Bob makes a number of accurate observations as did Owen in his post. These
trends and patterns established in Christmas Count data are fascinating to me.
I sometimes feel like I know so little about birds and their movements.
I have two observations that held true for my area.
Feeding flocks were very difficult to find with the exception of the sparrow
There seemed to be greater numbers of woodpecker species than last year.
John F. Gatchet
Bob Zaremba wrote:
> Great job on organizing the Floyd County CBC! We had a great time on Sunday
> and look forward to next years! Just a couple of more random thoughts on
> the area we covered. The lack of winter finches (no Purple Finch or Pine
> Siskins) was in line with the lack of these birds in our home area as well.
> I scouted some for the Atlanta CBC (this sunday coming) the past two days
> and the number of finches (including American Goldfinch) was practically
> zero. Simarily, there were very few Hermit Thushes, Golden-crowned Kinglets,
> Brown Creeper (only 1 in our count area and it took all day to find it!),
> Winter Wren and Fox Sparrows. The two Orange-crowned Warblers we saw on
> Sunday were the only ones on the count, which seems extremely low. Not to
> mention not a single Blue-headed Vireo (although we combed the woods trying
> to find one)! It's interesting that there were several Loggerhead Shrikes
> on the Floyd Co count yet we can't find one in all of Cobb County anymore.
> It seemed to me that the number of Cedar Waxwings were very low as well,
> and I haven't seen any flocks in my Cobb County area yet this winter.
> Hopefully, all the finches and winter residents will be around this Sunday
> when we conduct our CBC! I just got back from New York last weekend and
> the lakes are mostly frozen over and there was atleast 6 inches of snow on
> the ground. Maybe those conditions will send some birds our way too!
> On a seperate but related note, the Tennessee Warbler that Deb reported two
> weeks ago continues in our yard. The bird has been feeding on the peanut
> suet and grapes. Hopefully it will stick around a few more days since our
> yard is part of the count circle for the CBC. We have also had 2 Fox
> Sparrows in the yard this week.
> Bob Zaremba
> Marietta, GA
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