Mono Lake Christmas Bird Count

20 December 1998

Dear Mono Lake CBCers and friends,

Thanks to all who participated in the 21st Mono Lake Christmas Bird Count! Numbers for some of the more common species were down, most likely due to the storm which hit the day of the count. However, that same weather also carried with it a few species not usually seen on count day. Namely, Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, Canvasbacks, and Double-crested Cormorants, the last two being previously unrecorded on Mono CBCs. Count Day dawned cold, windy, and snowy. Low temperature was 17 and high was 22. Blustery winds of 15 to 25 mph made it seem even colder, assailing birds and birders alike. Nevertheless, we tallied 64 species. This was the highest species total since 1984. A job well-done to all intrepid counters who braved the elements!

Some notes: Tundra Swan, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Common Merganser, American Kestrel, Short-eared Owl, and European Starling were Mono CBC record high totals. A few normally conspicuous species not observed on Count Day were: Brewer’s Blackbird, Juniper Titmouse, Horned Lark, Bewick’s Wren, Scrub Jay, and Pinyon Jay.

Thanks to John and Marianne Denny for pulling a CBCer’s truck out of Rancheria Gulch!

2 Pied-billed Grebe   2 Belted Kingfisher
564 Eared Grebe   2 Downy Woodpecker
2 Great Blue Heron   4 Hairy Woodpecker
356 Tundra Swan   6 Northern Flicker
15 Snow Goose   12 Steller’s Jay
65 Canada Goose   12 Clark’s Nutcracker
228 Green-winged Teal   63 Black-billed Magpie
33 Mallard   70 Common Raven
110 Northern Pintail   25 Mountain Chickadee
58 Northern Shoveler   26 Bushtit
1 Gadwall   2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
15 American Wigeon   3 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Lesser Scaup   4 Pygmy Nuthatch
4 Common Goldeneye   5 Brown Creeper
10 Bufflehead   2 Winter Wren
11 Common Merganser   2 American Dipper
253 Ruddy Duck   16 Golden-crowned Kinglet
20 Duck, sp.   6 Mountain Bluebird
14 Northern Harrier   2 Townsend’s Solitaire
1 Cooper’s Hawk   3 American Robin
1 Accipiter, sp.   4 Loggerhead Shrike
12 Red-tailed Hawk   205 European Starling
1 Rough-legged Hawk   1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)
2 Golden Eagle   1 Spotted Towhee
9 American Kestrel   1 Fox Sparrow
128 American Coot   10 Song Sparrow
1 Virginia Rail   1 White-crowned Sparrow
3 Killdeer   65 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Least Sandpiper     47 Oregon
11 Sandpiper, sp.     12 Slate-colored
13 Common Snipe     6 unknown form
62 California Gull   4 Red Crossbill
149 Gull, sp.   1 American Goldfinch
1 Great Horned Owl   3 House Sparrow
6 Short-eared Owl   8 Canvasback
      2 Double-crested Cormorant

Count week species: Redhead, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Sora, Horned Lark, Pinyon Jay, Scrub Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Bewick’s Wren and Cassin’s Finch.

CBC Participants: Don Banta, Rita Banta, Mike Boone, Janet Carle, Tom Crowe, Deanna Dulen, Joel Ellis, Mike Klapp, and Dave Marquart.

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