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At 7am, Arthur and I began our day at the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Preserve on Sarles St. While we walked the forests and fields there, Steve was busy tallying species and individuals on the Westmoreland Sanctuary WMA. Later in the morning Arthur and I tallied a variety of birds on and around the Byram Lake reservoir, Merestead, and Baldwin Road.
Lunch time found the three of us counting birds at the Westmoreland Sanctuary feeding station in the warmth of the museum. Soon thereafter, we all spent the remainder of the afternoon counting birds at neighborhood bird feeders, small pockets of roadside habitat, and any bit of open water we could find. When all was done at 5pm, we tallied a total of 45 species.
Our species are as follows:
Species with an * indicate a new species for our count, HC indicates high count of individuals for our count.
While we were disappointed to have missed a few species we typically find in our count area (Wild Turkey and American Tree Sparrow) we did add 3 new species we've not tallied before. High counts were recorded for 16 species this year, an exciting feat and a good reflection of decent conditions during the count and possible indications of a great breeding season for these birds last spring.
All in all, it was a great day topped off with a delicious potluck dinner at the Greenwich Audubon Center.
-Adam Zorn, Naturalist