The third annual Christmas Bird Count for the Huyck Preserve took place on Saturday December 16th. Despite the snow, birders and staff came out to track down our resident winter birds all around Huyck Preserve and the surrounding areas.
This year we recorded a total of 1409 birds from a long list of species. Our most populous species were:
276 Dark eyed juncos
295 Cedar waxwings
138 Blue jays
182 European starlings
114 Black capped chickadees
Unique species seen included: american kestrel, barred owl, black ducks, red bellied woodpeckers, eastern bluebirds, and one sora - a small marsh bird in the rail family who apparently forgot to fly south for winter!
The Christmas Bird Count is one of the oldest citizen science events in the country. If you'd a birder or interested in getting involved, watch our website for information next year.