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Results of the 2003 Jamestown Christmas Bird Count

Compiled by

Lawrence D. Igl

U.S. Geological Survey
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317

On 17 December 2003, 16 individuals participated in the annual Jamestown Christmas Bird Count. Participants traveled 4.0 party miles (3.75 party hours) by horseback, 18.9 party miles (15.5 party hours) on foot, and 432.6 party miles (36.75 party hours) by car. Noteworthy species included a Northern Goshawk, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, 59 American Robins, six Northern Shrikes, and a Brown Thrasher. On Count day, participants observed 4,561 individual birds of 45 species. A Red-bellied Woodpecker, a Varied Thrush, a Great Blue Heron, and a Short-eared Owl were observed during the week of the Count (cw) but not on the day of the Count. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center of the U.S. Geological Survey provided vehicles for travel. Thanks to everyone who participated! Thanks also to everyone who provided lunch and refreshments for Count participants, including Betty Euliss, Amy and Larry Igl, John Lokemoen, Jill and Terry Shaffer, and Mark Sherfy. Special thanks to Deb Buhl for checking on the food while participants were in the field.

Participants: Caleb Balas, Tom Buhl, Betty Euliss, Lyle Hanson, Lawrence Igl (compiler – Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown), Doug Johnson, A.J. Klein, Bill Klett, John Lokemoen, Wes Newton, Skip Olson, Tom Olson, Jennifer Post, Jill Shaffer, Terry Shaffer, Mark Sherfy.

Great Blue Heron cw
Canada Goose 5
Mallard 1
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Northern Goshawk 1
Merlin 1
American Kestrel 1
Gray Partridge 9
Sharp-tailed Grouse 138
Ring-necked Pheasant 34
Wild Turkey 21
Rock Dove 422
Mourning Dove 2
Great Horned Owl 2
Eastern Screech Owl 1
Short-eared Owl cw
Downy Woodpecker 35
Hairy Woodpecker 8
Northern Flicker (YS) 13
Red-bellied Woodpecker cw
Horned Lark 45
Blue Jay 104
American Crow 362
Black-capped Chickadee 116
White-breasted Nuthatch 41
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Thrasher 1
American Robin 59
Varied Thrush cw
Cedar Waxwing 157
Northern Shrike 6
European Starling 197
American Tree Sparrow 27
Harris's Sparrow 1
Lapland Longspur 15
Dark-eyed Junco 30
Snow Bunting 325
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1
Red-winged Blackbird 65
Rusty Blackbird 4
Purple Finch 3
House Finch 188
Common Redpoll 260
Pine Siskin 3
American Goldfinch 33
White-winged Crossbill 1
House Sparrow 1,817
Number of Individuals 4,561
Number of Species/Forms 45
Number of Observers 16
Total Party Miles 455.5
Party Miles (on foot) 18.9
Party Miles (by car) 432.6
Party Miles (by horseback) 4.0
Total Party Hours 56.00
Party Hours (on foot) 15.50
Party Hours (by car) 36.75
Party Hours (by horseback) 3.75
Temperature 15 to 41 °F
Wind Speed
            Morning Calm changing to 5 mph
            Afternoon 5-15 mph
Wind Direction Southwest changing to northwest
Cloud Cover
            Morning Overcast
            Afternoon Mostly cloudy
            Morning Light freezing rain
            Afternoon None
Snow depth 3 inches in open; drifts to 36 inches
Water Conditions
            Moving Water Mostly Frozen
            Still Water Mostly Frozen

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