2018 Christmas Bird Count Results

With just a few anticipated reports missing (mostly feeder watch), here are the preliminary results for the 48th consecutive Moscow-Pullman CBC. Observers reported 66 species, 2 species fewer than our rolling 5-year average. Two new species were added: Harris’s Sparrow and Say’s Phoebe. 

It appears we will set new count records for Red-tailed “Harlan’s” Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Lesser Goldfinch, and Yellow-rumped “Audubon’s” Warbler. We added Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warbler (seen in ID and WA). It also appears we will tie record counts for Pileated Woodpecker, Spotted Towhee, and Brown-headed Cowbird; this is the first cowbird report since 1984. 

Other rarer species seen included Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk, and Prairie Falcon (Count Week). 

Notable was the absence of Bohemian Waxwings (zero, zilch, nada); it’s been 16 years since we recorded no bohemians. Of the other species usually seen on the count, we also missed Green-winged Teal, Wilson’s Snipe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. 

Kas Dumroese, Kelly Cassidy, and Marie Dymkoski

Canada Goose701
California Quail424
Ring-necked Pheasant22
Gray Partridge4
Rock Pigeon350
Eurasian Collared-Dove139
Mourning Dove117
Great Blue Heron4
Northern Harrier1
Sharp-shinned Hawk2
Cooper’s Hawk2
Accipiter, species?1
Red-tailed Hawk60
Red-tailed (Harlan’s) Hawk2
Rough-legged Hawk2
Buteo, species?6
Great-horned Owl6
Belted Kingfisher6
Downy Woodpecker7
Northern Flicker, type unspecified13
Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker46
American Kestrel25
Black-billed Magpie561
American Crow65
Common Raven10
Black-capped Chickadee128
Chickadee, species?2
Red-breasted Nuthatch69
Bewick’s Wren6
Golden-crowned Kinglet19
Townsend’s Solitaire1
Varied Thrush4
American Robin739
European Starling1493
Cedar Waxwing134
House Finch299
Pine Siskin3
Lesser Goldfinch81
American Goldfinch217
American Tree Sparrow4
Dark-eyed Junco, form?289
Dark-eyed (Slate) Junco3
Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco280
White-crowned Sparrow19
Song Sparrow31
Spotted Towhee1
Red-winged Blackbird31
Yellow-rumped Warbler1
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle’s) Warbler1
House Sparrow279
Total species43
Total birds6890