Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2017 Bird Feeder Summary

We record all the bird species that visit our bird feeding station each month, or land in the crab apple that holds the bird feeder.  To date, we have had 54 bird species recorded. 

  • The number of species that visited throughout the course of the year (35) was down from 2016's 39, but still came in second place, beating out 2015 by one (34).
  • New birds for 2017 included Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, Tennessee Warbler, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.  
  • Average number of species per month (17.3) dropped from 2016's 18.2, but was the second best year, beating out 2015 by 1.8 (15.5).
  • The 26 most common birds of 2017 (in descending order of frequency) were:

    • Carolina Chickadee = 12 out of 12 months
    • Downy Woodpecker = 12 out of 12 months
    • European Starling = 12 out of 12 months
    • House Finch = 12 out of 12 months
    • House Sparrow = 12 out of 12 months
    • Northern Cardinal = 12 out of 12 months
    • Song Sparrow = 12 out of 12 months
    • Tufted Titmouse = 12 out of 12 months
    • American Goldfinch = 11 out of 12 months
    • American Robin = 11 out of 12 months
    • White-breasted Nuthatch = 11 out of 12 months
    • Mourning Dove = 10 out of 12 months
    • Dark-eyed Junco = 7 out of 12 months
    • Blue Jay = 6 out of 12 months
    • Brown-headed Cowbird = 6 out of 12 months
    • Ruby-throated Hummingbird = 6 out of 12 months
    • Carolina Wren = 5 out of 12 months
    • Chipping Sparrow = 5 out of 12 months
    • Red-bellied Woodpecker = 5 out of 12 months
    • Red-breasted Nuthatch = 4 out of 12 months
    • Cedar Waxwing = 3 out of 12 months
    • Eastern Bluebird = 3 out of 12 months
    • White-crowned Sparrow = 3 out of 12 months
    • Coopers Hawk = 2 out of 12 months
    • House Wren = 2 out of 12 months
    • Yellow-rumped Warbler = 2 out of 12 months
  • Looking out the five years of data, the month with the most bird diversity is May, with 33 species observed.  June is the lowest bird diversity, with 20 bird species observed.  October and April are the second and third best months.