CBC on the last day of 2011

I was incredibly fortunate to spend the last morning of 2011 birding on the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge for the Christmas Bird Count. This section of the count was led by Bob Danley, who was incredibly generous with his time and laughter. We had a great time.

Dawn rises on the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

Dawn rises on the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

It was great to see the rest of Refuge where you are not normally allowed access to

It was great to see the rest of Refuge where you are not normally allowed access to

Pair of Tundra Swans passes overhead

Pair of Tundra Swans passes overhead

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 500
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) 8
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 4
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 20
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 250
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 1
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 50
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 50
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 50
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 1
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 1
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 10
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 50
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) 2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 15
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 10
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 15
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 6
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 4
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) 8
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 10
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 30
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 8
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 4
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 20
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 10
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 5
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 10
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 4
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 50
Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) 6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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