Christmas Bird Count – 2018 Final Results

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2018 Christmas Bird Count Final Results


Here’s a late wrap-up of the 2018 Anchorage Christmas Bird Count from December 15, 2018.

There were 155 observers in the field or at feeders (three (3) hard working folks did both!). Weather was cold at 12-20 deg. F, with variable light winds, not actively raining or snowing, with snow pack 6-14″. Cloud cover was almost complete in AM with some clearing in the PM.

The day was the only good day for the count within a 2 week period of almost constant blowing snow. The heavy snowfall on the previous day led to dubious predictions, but the count was overall pretty average for an Anchorage Christmas Count.

Bohemian Waxwing

The 48 species seen is at the high end of Anchorage Counts, and 20,427 total birds were seen.

2018 Number of Species by Year


Birds of Note included a GOLDEN EAGLE seen by a Chugach Park Ranger, the second HERMIT THRUSH for an Anchorage CBC, a CHUKAR (a first for the Anchorage Christmas Bird Count – undoubtedly an escapee and will not be counted by National but they want us to report it), a Harlan’s RED-TAILED HAWK which was also a first for our CBC, a RING-NECKED DUCK (a continuing bird at Spenard Crossing), and a SONG SPARROW— the 2nd reported for an Anchorage CBC. One of the Dark-eyed Juncos was reported to be an Oregon subspecies.

Common Redpoll

Higher-than-average numbers for Christmas Counts included Rock Pigeons, Black-billed Magpies, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Bohemian Waxwings, European Starlings.

2018 Number of Individuals by Year


Lower-than-average numbers for our count included Pine Grosbeaks, Common Redpolls, and Pine Siskins.

The only new bird to the count was the Chukkar.

American Robin

It was a fabulous day, and the Tally Party and Chili Feed was a stellar event as well. Special thanks go to Louann Feldmann who coordinated the entire count.  Another special thanks should be given to the First Congregational Church and Lynn Barber for making the evening possible.  Keith Confer for his spreadsheet expertise, and the many fine chefs who contributed to the fabulous chili feed pot luck at the tally party.

Also worthy of our highest praise are Area Leaders Thede Tobish, Andrew Fisher, Daria Carle, Tom Evans, Dick Prentki, and Pat Pourchot;  Chief Coordinator Louann Feldmann;  and all of the many, many counters and feeder watchers who provided the data for this year’s count.

The total species seen are listed here from most prevalent to least prevalent.

1 Bohemian Waxwing 13267
2 Black-capped Chickadee 1062
3 Mallard 1223
4 Rock Pigeon 976
5 European Starling 949
6 Common Raven 922
7 Black-billed Magpie 691
8 Common Redpoll 418
9 Red-breasted Nuthatch 242
10 Boreal Chickadee 126
11 Pine Grosbeak 96
12 American Robin 65
13 Dark-eyed Junco 64
14 Pine Siskin 53
15 Steller’s Jay 47
16 Bald Eagle 41
17 Golden Eagle (count week) 1
18 American Dipper 32
19 Downy Woodpecker 31
20 Hairy Woodpecker 23
21 Common Goldeneye 17
22 Gray Jay 15
23 Northern Shrike 12
24 Common Merganser 11
25 Golden-crowned Kinglet 10
26 Brown Creeper 8
27 Northern Goshawk 6
28 White-crowned Sparrow 6
29 Willow Ptarmigan 5
30 Rock Ptarmigan 5
31 Green-winged Teal 4
32 Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
33 Varied Thrush 2
34 Harlequin Duck 2
35 Wilson’s Snipe 2
36 Northern Hawk Owl 2
37 Northern Saw-whet Owl (count week) 1
38 Ring-necked Duck 1
39 Harlan’s Hawk 1
40 Merlin 1
41 American Three-toed Woodpecker 1
42 Spruce Grouse 1
43 Chukar 1
44 Belted Kingfisher 1
45 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
46 Hermit Thrush 1
47 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
48 Hermit Thrush 1
49 Fox Sparrow 1
50 Song Sparrow 1
51 Snow Bunting 1
Total # of Species 48
Total # of Individual Birds 20427


As seen during the Tally Party, graphs have been made of each species on a per year basis since the count began.  These graphs are available for viewing via the following link:

Graph of Species by Year (click on this link)

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