There were 8 teams and 14 observers in the field to count birds in the Little River Important Bird Area (IBA). This contiguous area encompasses the wild, sparsely populated parts of northern Granville, eastern Blandford, southern Russell and northwest Southwick. Together the counters recorded 113 species, slightly more than the 13 year average for the count. The 4,322 total individuals and the 57.8 average of individuals per hour were both well above average. Most of the average numbers per year of the 120 species recorded have been very consistent over the 13-year period and four stand out as most abundant; Red-eyed Vireo 328, Ovenbird 259, Veery 155, and Robin 146. The next 27 species average from 47 to 112 individuals per year. The next 33 species average from 10 to 40 per year. There are 56 more species with less than 10 individuals average per year. That adds up to 120 species recorded over the 13 years of counting. This year, high counts were set for Hummingbird (21), Phoebe (54), Tree Swallow (92), Rough-winged Swallow (10), Red-breasted Nuthatch (12), Eastern Bluebird (22), Gray Catbird (104), Louisiana Waterthrush (9), Pine Warbler (24), Prairie Warbler (15), Bobolink (96), Red-winged Blackbird (138), and Grackle (67). The Common Merganser, Bald Eagle, and American Kestrel were each found for only the 5th time, Brown Thrasher for the 4th time, Sora for the third time, and Hooded Warbler for the first time.
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