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Migration Bird Count

About the North American Migration Count

The North American Migration Count is held every May.  Teams comb Shawnee County recording every bird they see. This is a great count to see migratory birds such as as warblers. Many migratory birds pass through Shawnee County on the way to their breeding grounds in the north. The results of the count help us know the abundance and distribution of migratory birds. Contact Jim Malcom at iambirding@prodigy.net if you would like to participate.  See the calendar for the exact date.

2011 Count Highlights

The count took place on May 14, 2011. There were a total of 22 participants in 9 parties. A total of 158 species were seen for the count.
 
Highlights of the counter were 6 Heron Species (including Little Blue Heron), 7 Goose and Duck species (we had a total of 125 Wood Ducks), 2 Bald Eagles, 1 Sora rail, 16 Shorebird species, 4 Owl species (including our first Barn Owl), 6 Swallow Species (we had incredible 598 barn swallows) and 21 species of warbler (including 1 Blue-winged Warbler and 1 Bay-breasted Warbler).

2011 Count Results

Cormorants

  • 11 Double-crested Cormorant

Herons

  • 50 Great Blue Heron
  • 1 Great Egret
  • 1 Snowy Egret
  • 1 Little Blue Heron
  • 6 Green Heron
  • 3 Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Vultures

  • 113 Turkey Vulture

Geese & Ducks

  • 242 Canada Goose
  • 125 Wood Duck
  • 91 Mallard
  • 33 Blue-winged Teal
  • 4 Northern Shoveler
  • 4 Gadwall
  • 3 Lesser Scaup

Hawks, Kites, Eagles

  • 2 Bald Eagle
  • 6 Cooper's Hawk
  • 2 Red-shouldered Hawk
  • 36 Red-tailed Hawk

Falcons

  • 2 American Kestres
  • 3 Peregrine Falcon

Gamebirds

  • 36 Wild Turkey
  • 9 Northern Bobwhite Quail

Rails

  • 1 Sora
  • 5 American Coot

Shorebirds

  • 4 American Golden Plover
  • 30 Killdeer
  • 1 Greater Yellowleg
  • 7 Lesser Yellowleg
  • 1 Solitary Sandpiper
  • 1 Willet
  • 23 Spotted Sandpiper
  • 10 Upland Sandpiper
  • 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • 10 Least Sandpiper
  • 26 White-rumped Sandpiper
  • 10 Baird's Sandpiper
  • 10 Pectoral Sandpiper
  • 1 Short-billed Dowitcher
  • 1 Common Snipe
  • 10 Wilson's Phalarope

Gulls & Terns

  • 15 Franklin Gull
  • 2 Ring-billed Gull
  • 37 Black Tern

Doves

  • 394 Rock Dove
  • 42 Eurasian Collared Dove
  • 159 Mourning Dove

Owls

  • 1 Barn Owl
  • 3 Screech Owl
  • 3 Great Horned Owl
  • 2 Barred Owl

Nightjars

  • 1 Common Nighthawk
  • 2 Chuck-Will's-Widow

Swifts, Hummingbirds, Kingfishers

  • 137 Chimney Swift
  • 14 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • 1 Belted Kingfisher

Woodpeckers

  • 5 Red-headed Woodpecker
  • 50 Red-beillied Woodpecker
  • 23 Downey Woodpecker
  • 4 Hairy Woodpecker
  • 11 Northern Flickers
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker

Flycatchers

  • 13 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 1 Alder Flycatcher
  • 42 Least Flycatcher
  • 31 Eastern Phoebe
  • 52 Great-Crested Flycatcher
  • 31 Western Kingbird
  • 136 Eastern Kingbird
  • 15 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Larks

  • 43 Horned Lark

Swallows

  • 39 Purple Martin
  • 42 Tree Swallow
  • 405 Northern Rough Winged Swallow
  • 4 Bank Swallow
  • 455 Cliff Swallow
  • 599 Barn Swallow

Jays & Crows

  • 85 Blue Jay
  • 124 American Crow

Chickadees & Titmice

  • 44 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 25 Tufted Titmouse

Nuthatches & Creepers

  • 12 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 1 Brown Creeper

Wrens

  • 36 House Wren
  • 8 Carolina Wren

Kinglets & Gnatcatchers

  • , 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • , 19 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Thrushes

  • 107 Eastern Bluebird
  • 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
  • 47 Swainson's Thrush
  • 5 Wood Thrush
  • 1 Hermit Thrush
  • 839 Robin

Thrashers

  • 16 Catbird
  • 13 Northern Mockingbird
  • 36 Brown Thrasher

Pipits, Waxwings, Shrikes, Starlings

  • 1 American Pipit
  • 21 Cedar Waxwing
  • 1 Loggerhead Shrike
  • 992 Starling

Vireos

  • 7 Bell's Vireo
  • 2 Blue-headed Vireo
  • 1 Yellow-throated Vireo
  • 32 Warbling Vireo
  • 2 Philadelphia Vireo
  • 35 Red-eyed Vireo

Warblers

  • 1 Blue-winged Warbler
  • 58 Tennessee Warbler
  • 12 Orange-crowned Warbler
  • 8 Nashville Warbler
  • 30 Northern Parula
  • 148 Yellow Warbler
  • 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • 4 Magnolia Warblers
  • 16 Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • 1 Bay-breasted Warbler
  • 19 Blackpoll Warbler
  • 3 Black & White Warbler
  • 21 American Redstart
  • 2 Prothontary Warbler
  • 3 Ovenbirds
  • 1 Northern Waterthrush
  • 10 Louisiana Waterthrush
  • 10 Kentucky Warbler
  • 2 Mourning Warbler
  • 16 Common Yellowthroat
  • 10 Wilson Warbler

Tanagers

  • 22 Summer Tanager
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager

Grosbeaks

  • 160 Cardinal
  • 8 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 1 Blue Grosbeak
  • 91 Indigo Bunting
  • 2 Painted Bunting
  • 81 Dickissel

Sparrows

  • 1 Eastern Towhee
  • 183 Chipping Sparrow
  • 53 Clay-colored Sparrow
  • 6 Field Sparrow
  • 122 Lark Sparrow
  • 5 Savannah Sparrow
  • 13 Grasshopper Sparrow
  • 2 Song Sparrow
  • 7 Lincoln Sparrow
  • 4 White-throated Sparrow

Blackbirds & Orioles

  • 23 Bobolink
  • 353 Red-winged Blackbird
  • 128 Eastern Meadowlark
  • 2 Western Meadowlark
  • 6 Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • 16 Great-tailed Grackle
  • 542 Common Grackle
  • 105 Brown-headed Cowbird
  • 21 Orchard Oriole
  • 115 Baltimore Oriole

Northern Finches

  • 44 House Finch
  • 109 Goldfinch

Old World Sparrows

  • , 245 House Sparrow
 
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