A Bohemian waxwing eats a berry during the North Okanagan Naturalists Club's Christmas bird count.

A Bohemian waxwing eats a berry during the North Okanagan Naturalists Club's Christmas bird count.

Annual bird count soars for Christmas

The North Okanagan Naturalists Club came across 20,171 birds from 89 species during the Christmas bird count.

The North Okanagan continues to be home to numerous bird species.

The North Okanagan Naturalists Club came across 20,171 birds from 89 species during the Christmas bird count.

“About 50 people took part in this year’s bird count for the Vernon area,” said Peter Blokker, event co-ordinator.

There were two trophies handed out for the Bird of the Day Award.

First place went to the Miyasaki team for its sighting of the short-eared owl. The runner-up went to the Bodkin/Loughridge team for its sighting of the Anna’s hummingbird.

Morning snow created some challenges participants during the bird count.

“As the day progressed, the weather improved and we finished the day with blue skies.  The result is that the number of birds tallied was higher than we had originally expected,” said Claude Rioux, with the club.

Canada goose – 2,222

Trumpeter swan – 8

Wood duck – 1

Gadwall – 14

Mallard – 2,026

Northern shoveler – 35

Green-winged teal – 4

Canvasback – 8

Redhead – 47

Ring-necked duck – 8

Greater scaup – 65

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Common goldeneye – 24

Barrow’s goldeneye – 4

Hooded merganser – 38

Common merganser – 307

Ring-necked pheasant – 79

Ruffed grouse – 1

Wild turkey – 8

California quail – 1,454

Common loon – 5

Pied-billed grebe – 3

Horned grebe – 43

Red-necked grebe – 10

Western grebe – 11

Great blue heron – 15

Bald eagle – 49 (includes nine immature)

Northern harrier – 22

Sharp-shinned hawk – 13

Cooper’s hawk – 12

Red-tailed hawk – 135

Rough-legged hawk – 24

American kestrel – 23

Merlin – 12

Virginia rail – 2

American coot – 803

Mew gull – 1

Ring-billed gull – 206

California gull – 68

Herring gull – 224

Glaucus-winged gull – 9

Rock pigeon – 281

Eurasian collared-dove – 308

Mourning dove – 543

Great horned owl – 3

Northern pygmy owl – 1

Short-eared owl – 1

Anna’s hummingbird – 1

Belted kingfisher – 10

Downy woodpecker – 14

Hairy woodpecker – 4

Northern flicker – 220

Pileated woodpecker – 5

Northern shrike – 8

Steller’s jay – 21

Clark’s nutcracker – 3

Black-billed magpie – 274

American crow – 140

Common raven – 219

Black-capped chickadee – 237

Mountain chickadee – 9

Red-breasted nuthatch – 44

White-breasted nuthatch – 1

Pygmy nuthatch – 30

American dipper – 1

Ruby-crowned kinglet – 1

Townsend’s solitaire – 3

American robin – 167 

Varied thrush – 1 

European starling – 3,017

Bohemian waxwing – 2,220

Yellow-rumped warbler – 2

Spotted towhee – 1

Savannah sparrow – 1

Song sparrow – 109

White-crowned sparrow – 49

Dark-eyed junco – 876

Red-winged blackbird – 858

Western meadowlark – 13

Yellow-headed blackbird – 3

Brewers blackbird – 70

Pine grosbeak – 134

House finch – 702

Red crossbill – 14

Common redpoll – 105

Pine siskin – 344

American goldfinch – 328

Evening grosbeak – 58

House sparrow – 662