The annual Stinchfield Woods Breeding Bird Census took place on a perfectly pleasantly cool, calm, and mostly cloudy Sunday, June 20, 2015, from 7 to 11:30 am. Special thanks go to our big crew of 17 volunteer counters: Barbara, Brandon, Dan, David A, David L, Elle, Fred, George, John, Juliet, Karen, Linda, Maggie, Marcella, Roger, Toni, and Vedran. Special thanks to School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) staff who gave us access to the Woods.

Count headlines are the number of 798 individuals, moderately above the 17-year average of 745.5, and number of 52 species, a little below the 17-year average of 56.3 species. We had no first-ever sightings this year. For the second year in a row, a record 4 Pileated woodpeckers was reported. While regrouping for the tally, we heard Pileated Woodpeckers calling in the distance southwest of the caretaker's cottage, exactly where several groups had seen and heard them.

The number of Hooded warblers (19) is impressive; however, this is less than last year's record of 27. Let us hope that double-digits is "new normal" for Hoodeds at Stinchfield; however, observing dog walkers with multiple unleashed dogs in tow is not a positive sign for sustaining this close-to-the-ground nester and several others.

This year's high species counts were Black-capped chickadees (82), American crow (68), Blue jay (56), Red-eyed vireo (53), Eastern wood-pewee (52), and Ovenbird (49).

On the plus side are numbers of:

• Acadian flycatchers ~ holding strong in double-digits at 25
• Red-breasted nuthatches ~ back into double-digits at 12
• Eastern-wood pewees ~ back up into the low 50s at 51
• Blue jays ~ holding strong in the mid-50s (56)
• Wood thrush ~ back up into the teens (16) for two years after five single-digit years
• Pine warblers and Ovenbirds are holding strong
• Scarlet tanagers ~ back up to the low 20s for two years in a row at 23
• Cowbirds ~ in the single digits for two years in a row (6 and 9)

On the minus side are numbers of:

• Chipping sparrows ~ another humdrum year at 23 as Stinchfield's open areas shrink
• No Golden-crowned kinglets for the second year in a row

Next year's Stinchfield count will take place on Saturday, June 4, or Sunday, June 12. This year's results now make 23 years of Stinchfield data available online at eBird and 18 years at this Stinchfield web page. Thanks again to the seventeen birders who took part in this year's rescheduled count. Many thanks to Rachelle who put all the pieces in place for the count that got rained out last week. See you next year!

Here's the final tally:

Mallard 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
hawk sp. 1
Mourning Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 19
Downy Woodpecker 12
Hairy Woodpecker 6

Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 52
Acadian Flycatcher 25
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 6
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 53
Blue Jay 56
American Crow 68

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 82
Tufted Titmouse 28
Red-breasted Nuthatch 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 20
Brown Creeper 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 9
Wood Thrush 16

American Robin 24
Gray Catbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 12
Ovenbird 49
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Hooded Warbler 19
American Redstart 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 32

Black-throated Green Warbler 22
Eastern Towhee 5
Chipping Sparrow 23
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 23
Northern Cardinal 41
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 13
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 2

Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Baltimore Oriole 5
American Goldfinch 9

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23989254  

Photograph of Hooded Warbler by Mike's Birds (Hooded WarblerUploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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