The third annual Uppgaard Christmas Bird Count covering the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway documented 26 species of birds, with a total of 1,277 birds sighted, a new high. The count was Saturday, Dec. 21, under the guidance of Judd Brink.
The count had a total of 11 participants, including one feeder watcher who submitted numbers by email. The count circle added four new species, including the Brown Creeper (1), Bohemian Waxwing (3), Snow Bunting (179) and Northern Goshawk (1).
The Black-capped Chickadee was the most common bird at 473, up from last year’s high count of 383.
The best bird seen this year was the Northern Goshawk, an uncommon bird for Crow Wing County. One bird, the common raven, showed up more frequently this year with 26 sighted compared to only 10 last year.
The weather this year was below normal, which limited open water and some roads.
Anyone interested in participating in next year’s bird count should contact Judd Brink, count organizer and data compiler, at 218-838-4784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the past results and more birding information for the area, visit birdsofthebyway.com.