Results of the 2021 Lawrence CBC

 

By Galen Pittman, Lawrence CBC Compiler

Twenty-nine (plus 9 at feeders) participants, in 16 parties, found 101 species on 18 December 2021 on the occasion of the 122nd National Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the 78th Lawrence Christmas Bird Count.  Finding 100 species always makes for a GREAT count. The last few years have been an incredible run for the count with 100 or more species recorded eight times since 2010 (2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021).  This year was a very good effort, indeed, by all involved. 

We recorded 29+ species of waterfowl and other water birds and missed only a few birds in that category, including Ross’s Goose, Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, and Canvasback.  We added two NEW species for the count = Black-legged Kittiwake and Snowy Owl (count week only!). In general, even though the number of species was high, the number of individuals per species was fairly low with some notable exceptions.  We set a record high count for American Coot (177), Red-shouldered Hawk (23 one short of last year’s record of 24!).  

Other unusual species were Trumpeter Swan, Blue-winged Teal, American Black Duck, Common Loon, Northern Bobwhite, Merlin, Marsh Wren, Sedge Wren, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, LeConte’s Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, and Common Redpoll.  Notable misses this year, include Killdeer, Prairie Falcon, Lapland Longspur, and Pine Siskin.

Thanks to all of this year's participants and to their perseverance in the face of the continuing Covid pandemic!!  Hope to see you all again next year for the 123rd National Audubon Christmas Bird Count.  

 

The complete list that follows has the unusual species and/or unusually high individual numbers underlined and/or highlighted.  

Species List for the 2021 Lawrence CBC 

Gr. White-fronted Goose – 11

Snow Goose - 67

Cackling Goose - 55

Canada Goose - 2405

Trumpeter Swan – 2

Gadwall – 253

American Wigeon – 23

American Black Duck – 1

Mallard – 1615

Blue-winged Teal --2

Northern Shoveler – 125

Greenwinged Teal – 182

Redhead –1

Ring-necked Duck – 28

Lesser Scaup – 9

Bufflehead – 34

Common Goldeneye – 76

Hooded Merganser – 97

Common Merganser –2

Wild Turkey – 17

Northern Bobwhite – 1

Common Loon – 1

Pied-billed Grebe – 14

American White Pelican -6

Doublecrested Cormorant –4 

Great Blue Heron – 9

Red-headed Woodpecker – 18

Bald Eagle – 26

Adult  (14)

Immature – 12)

Northern Harrier – 7

Sharpshinned Hawk – 5

Cooper's Hawk – 9

Red-shouldered Hawk – 23

Redtailed Hawk – 90

Rough-legged Hawk -- 1

American Kestrel – 17

Merlin -- 1

American Coot – 177

Bonaparte’s Gull - 70

Ringbilled Gull – 4990

Herring Gull – 8

Black-legged Kittiwake -1 (new for the count)

Rock Pigeon – 39

Eurasian Collared-Dove – 1

Mourning Dove – 102

Eastern Screech-Owl - 3

Great Horned Owl – 7 

Barred Owl – 7 

Snowy Owl – 1 ( count week only, new to the count)

Belted Kingfisher –9

Redbellied Woodpecker – 145

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 4

Downy Woodpecker – 114 

Hairy Woodpecker – 19

Northern Flicker – 138

Pileated Woodpecker – 12

Blue Jay – 253

American Crow – 512

Horned Lark – 100

Blackcapped Chickadee – 284

Tufted Titmouse – 123

Red breasted Nuthatch – 2

Whitebreasted Nuthatch – 69

Brown Creeper – 19

Carolina Wren – 37

Winter Wren -2

Sedge Wren -- 1

Marsh Wren – 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 27

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 17

Eastern Bluebird – 89

Hermit Thrush – 1

American Robin – 5350

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 1510

Cedar Waxwing – 203

Yellowrumped Warbler – 81

Spotted Towhee –6 

Eastern Towhee --3

American Tree Sparrow – 327

Field Sparrow – 1

Savannah Sparrow – 45

LeConte’s Sparrow – 1

Fox Sparrow – 53

Song Sparrow – 286

Lincoln’s Sparrow – 10

Swamp Sparrow – 55

Whitethroated Sparrow -- 239

Harris's Sparrow – 182

Whitecrowned Sparrow – 36

Darkeyed Junco – 1860

Northern Cardinal – 356

Redwinged Blackbird – 2370

Eastern Meadowlark – 16

Western Meadowlark – 86

Sturnella, spp. – 80

Common Grackle – 16

Brown-headed Cowbird – 6 

Rusty Blackbird -- 40

Purple Finch -- 8

House Finch – 354

Common Redpoll -1

American Goldfinch – 234

House Sparrow – 260