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2009 Christmas Bird Count Results - Pierre, South Dakota

The 40th Pierre Christmas Bird Count was held on December 19, 2009. We recorded 77 species of birds and five Count Week species.

Canada Goose

20,650

Cackling Goose

2,200

Mallard

1,350

Double-crested Cormorant

1

American White Pelican

1

Northern Pintail

2

Wood Duck

3

American Wigeon

1

Canvasback

1

Northern Shoveler

1

Lesser Scaup

3

Greater Scaup

12

Redhead

35

Ring-necked Duck

1

Common Goldeneye

132

Hooded Merganser

7

Common Merganser

61

Ruddy Duck

1

Sharp-shinned Hawk

4

Cooper's Hawk

2

Northern Goshawk

2

Red-tailed Hawk

16

Ferruginous Hawk

3

Rough-legged Hawk

3

Golden Eagle

6

Bald Eagle

61

Prairie Falcon

4

Merlin

1

American Kestrel

5

Greater Prairie Chicken

26

Sharp-tailed Grouse

15

Ring-necked Pheasant

357

Wild Turkey

77

American Coot

2

Thayer's Gull

2

Glaucous Gull

1

Herring Gull

26

Ring-billed Gull

58

Bonaparte's Gull

1

Black-legged Kittiwake

1

California Gull

1

Rock Pigeon

894

Eurasian Collared Dove

350

Great Horned Owl

10

Northern Saw-whet Owl

1

Eastern Screech-Owl

2

Belted Kingfisher

1

Northern Flicker

27

Red-bellied Woodpecker

5

Hairy Woodpecker

11

Downy Woodpecker

25

Horned Lark

386

Blue Jay

13

Black-capped Chickadee

51

White-breasted Nuthatch

17

Red-breasted Nuthatch

1

Townsend's Solitaire

1

American Robin

572

Eastern Bluebird

3

Brown Creeper

1

Cedar Waxwing

537

Northern Shrike

2

Yellow-rumped Warbler

1

European Starling

860

House Sparrow

702

Western Meadowlark

3

Northern Cardinal

4

Purple Finch

10

House Finch

135

American Goldfinch

61

Pine Siskin

1

Dark-eyed Junco

162

Song Sparrow

1

American Tree Sparrow

185

Spotted Towhee

1

Lapland Longspur

239

Snow Bunting

1

Total

30,483

 Count Week Species         

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Rusty Blackbird
Gadwall
Northern Harrier   
Mourning Dove              

Hours
foot           18
vehicle      43

Miles
foot      21
vehicle   615

feeders    4.5 hours
owling     5.5 hours

Weather  Hi 35 f      Low 21 f     
Wind WNW 5-15 mph   
Fog in morning, cloudy and light fog most of the day, brief periods of sunshine in afternoon. 
2-4 inches of snow cover. 
Still water frozen, Lake Oahe and moving water open.

Participants: Doug Backlund, Charles and Myrtle Backlund, Bill Bossman, Carol Hanten, Dave Krueger, Richard McEntaffer, Kenny Miller, Dave Ode, Peder Ode, Ricky Olson, Rex Riis, Charles Sisk, Scott Stolz.

Special Thanks to Dave and Joanne Johnson for inviting us to their house for food and hot drinks at the end of the day!

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