A Northern Flicker. (Photo by Shawn McCready/flickr.com)

Kitimat’s birders taste tweet success during bird count

Record number of birds spotted

The 2019 annual Christmas Bird Count produced a record number of species counted in the history of the event in Kitimat.

The event, which took place on Saturday, December 14, was what bird count compiler April Macleod called “a perfect day for birding.”

“The total number of individual birds counted was 5,620, the highest number of birds counted during our Christmas bird counts,” said Macleod.

There were six parties out in the field for a total of 16 birders and 12 birders watching feeders.

The total species count was 67 for Saturday, which is a new high count for one day of birding during the Christmas bird count.

Some of the highlights of the count were high counts for Northern Flickers, Stellar’s Jays and Purple Finches.

However, no Eurasian Collared-Doves were seen and the count for Chestnut-backed Chickadees was very low.

Unusual species seen and counted were a Wood duck, a Redhead duck, and one lone Snow Goose.

The numbers for the usual winter resident birds remain fairly consistent – Canada Geese, over a thousand, Mallards under 700, 11 Great Blue Herons, 15 Trumpeter Swans and over 500 Dark-eyed Juncos.

Thank you to the continued co-operation from our industrial partners Rio Tinto, Kitimat LNG and LNG Canada for providing access to the industrial areas of our count circle.

Thank you to all the local birders who helped make Kitimat’s 2019 Christmas Bird count one of our best!

Email the newsroom

Visit our Facebook page

Follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Terrace cab stolen, found destroyed along Hwy 16 riverbank at rest stop near Prince Rupert

Driver was sent to hospital after stealing the running vehicle from company lot

CGL must revise impact assessment on Unist’ot’en Healing Center

Environmental Assessment Office not satisfied with report’s shortcomings

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs call for end of police patrols

Temporary closure of field office not enough to meet demands

Vandals cause damage estimated at $3,000

“It was just malicious, stupid, drunken behaviour” - Thwaites

Confusion surrounds terms of RCMP withdrawal from pipeline construction area

B.C. Deputy Commissioner clarifies terms of agreement following minister’s statements

VIDEO: Minister says consider coronavirus outbreak when planning for spring break

Foreign Affairs minister points to rash of new cases appearing in places like Italy and Iran

B.C. Liberals call for ban on foreign funds to pipeline protesters

Sierra Club, Wilderness Committee back Coastal GasLink blockades

Donations pour in for family who lost father, son in fatal crash on B.C. highway

Mike Cochlin and sons Liam and Quinn were travelling on Highway 5A

B.C. man who pulled a gun on off-duty cop gets two years in prison

Encounter also led police to a home where 100 guns and explosives were found

‘It’s like he just vanished’: Quesnel man still missing, last seen two months ago

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy

Our reactions to a forestry downturn reflect the past, not the present

Caught on camera: Police release video of man who allegedly stole seaplane in Vancouver

Police say the man broke into the Harbour Air terminal and then got into one of the seaplanes in the harbour

Most Read