01 Jan 2010

Another successful Christmas Bird Count

Conservation & Education News

December 28, 2009 was very productive day, with no rain, and clear skies encountered for most areas. A total of 57 participants in seven initial groups were engaged in the field from 5.45 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. A total of 178 species representing 5,589 individuals were recorded on the count. The Asa Wright Nature Centre wishes to thank all participants for making the Christmas Bird Count another successful one and we look forward to your continued participation and generous assistance in future counts. The table below gives the species count by area. Areas No. of Species
A – Wallerfield/ Arena 110
B – Las Lapas 79
C – Caroni Swamp/Plains 50
D – Caura 72
E – Lopinot 52
F – Asa Wright 66
G – Maracas Valley 55
H – La Laja (AM only) 52
I – Aripo Livestock (Night Birding) 07
Some highlights of the count were: • The return of the Blue Capped Tanagers (last recorded in 1984) to the CBC • Low numbers of Cattle Egrets (104) • A Cocoi Heron in Livestock Farm • No Gallinules in this count • Grassland Yellow Finches seem to be doing well in Livestock Farm area • No Piratic Flycatchers in this count • Manakin and Honeycreeper numbers are up again for this count Access to eTeck park remains prohibited, hence the low numbers of Red-Bellied Macaws. Somewhat low species numbers for the Asa Wright Centre grounds. No p.m. session was done for La Laja.
January 2010

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