(Black Press file photo)

Annual bird count reveals more eagle sightings downtown

Twenty-seven people in Terrace and Thornhill took part in the 2018 Christmas Bird Count

The results are in from the 119th Christmas Bird Count.

On Dec. 30, 27 participants fanned out over a 30-kilometre radius spanning Terrace and Thornhill, and noted 47 bird species altogether.

Started in 1900, the count is the longest-running wildlife census in the world, and invites willing bird-watchers to help monitor trends in bird populations in North America.

Bird count compiler Dianne Weismiller says there were high counts for six species in the area. Four species surpassed numbers from previous years, with bird counters noting 22 gadwalls, 52 Barrow’s goldeneye, nine great blue herons and 10 sharp-shinned hawks.

READ MORE: Bird watchers sought for annual Christmas count

However, numbers of more commonly seen birds in the area was lower than previous years, Weismiller says.

“We suspect that the mild weather has something to do with the lower numbers as many of the birds seem to be using wild food sources rather than feeders,” she says, noting birds normally flock to the feeders in colder conditions.

Although, bird watchers noticed most of the area’s mountain ash trees still had berries on them.

“Normally if they appear in the fall they clean the trees off right away, but this year if you go around town, all the red berries are still on them. It’s quite unusual…we can’t explain that,” she says.

Sightings of bald eagles, crows and ravens have been lower since the landfill sites in Thornhill and Terrace closed. Blackbirds were often seen there as well, but none were spotted this year.

READ MORE: Terrace, B.C. landfill closes

And while numbers overall have decreased, bald eagle sightings were up in residential areas and downtown Terrace.

“There’s about five of them flying around our house in Thornhill, and we never used to see that at all,” Weismiller says.

Overall, Weismiller called the count success — with a few new faces joining the volunteer list this year.

View the full list of results for Terrace and Thornhill on Audubon’s website.


 


brittany@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Second dump site of Dungeness crab discovered

DFO confident new site related to April 2 dump of 250 more crab

BC Bus North service extended to September

Transportation ministers have extended the service, which was set to expire at the end of May

Council briefs: City creates new zone to allow for smaller, affordable homes

Key discussions from city council meeting April 23

Nisga’a leader named UNBC chancellor

Dr. Joseph Arthur Gosnell is the first Indigenous leader to assume the role

Northwest local governments team up to fill in future employment gaps

Around 17,000 jobs will need to be filled in the region over the next eight years

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Amber alert issued for 5-year-old Ontario boy

Ethan Montes is believed to be in the company of his mother, 47-year-old Juliet Mohammed

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

RCMP arrest B.C. man following threatening Vaisakhi Facebook post

Post made reference to pressure cooker bomb at massive Surrey parade

Northern B.C. high school student reaches 100,000 followers on YouTube

Voice actor, animator, Jericho Fortune has more than 30-million views on his channel GTAGAMER222

University mourns student who died in B.C. canoeing accident

Andrew Milner, 19, was in his second year with the University of Calgary’s basketball program

B.C. woman pleads for people to stop stealing daffodils meant to honour cancer victims

Cynthia Bentley honours memory of those lost to cancer by planting 100 daffodils each year

Most Read