The cumulative fall count total over 32 years now stands at 239 species.
For the 2005 count, we recorded a total of 132 species, which is four above the 32-year average. However, in comparison to the “Last 10” average (135), it is somewhat below average. The explanation for this larger average for the last 10 years is probably in the party hours. Over the last several years we have been getting more and more birders on the fall count. In fact, we had a record number of participants this year at 124. No doubt birders are also learning their areas better, thus maximizing the count’s potential.
Lastly I would like to thank all of the participants on this year’s fall count. The dedication of participants in getting out despite the foul weather is noteworthy. I also appreciate the fact that everyone was able to get their results to the compiler in a very timely fashion to enable a quick compilation and early publication. Thank you everyone!
Area Covered: Selected areas within a 40.2km radius of Dundurn Castle, Hamilton, Ontario (Hamilton Study Area-HSA) including: the Lake Ontario shoreline from Port Credit to Beamsville; the Conservation Areas of Binbrook, Burns, Christie, Fifty Point, Mountsberg, Valens, Dundas Valley, Taquanyah, and Spencer Gorge; Islay, Puslinch, Mohawk and Dunmark Lakes; Scotch Block Reservoir; Cootes Paradise; North Waterdown Wetland; Grimsby Lakeshore Wetland; Woodland and Holy Sepulcher Cemeteries; Kings Forest; Burloak Woods; Shell Park; Esquesing Tract; Bronte, Rattray, Middletown and Van Wagner’s Marshes; Bronte Creek P.P.; Vanderliek Farm Pond; Waterworks and Courtcliff Parks; Green Lane Wetland; Brantford Landfill; Six Nations F.N.; Beverly Swamp; Hamilton Harbour; Windermere Basin; Mill, Milton Town and Tollgate Ponds; Smithville and Cainsville Sewage Ponds; Spring Valley, Stoney, 16-Mile, Big, Bronte, and Oakville Creek ravines; Red Hill, Dundas and Hendrie Valleys; and the Grand River from Cayuga to Cambridge.