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North American Migratory Bird Count

May 8, 2004

Boyce Mayview Park, Upper St. Clair, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

This year’s North American Migration Count in Boyce Mayview Park established a new benchmark for the count, surpassing the previous high in 2002 by 21 species. Also notable, the group birding in Boyce Mayview Park counted six species that were not found elsewhere in Allegheny County: Pine Warbler, Northern Harrier, Hermit Thrush, Woodcock, Pied-billed Grebe and Bobolink. “The park didn’t hold more birds that day — this was just good birding,” remarked Bill Judd, the count coordinator. Bill hopes next year’s count will be even better.

The results of the count are combined with other counts in Allegheny County and Pennsylvania and are forwarded to the National Audubon Society to be included in their international spring migration count. This information is useful in helping determine bird population changes, geographic shifts and changes of migratory patterns of species.

Watch this web site for information about the Pittsburgh South Hills Bird Circle Christmas Bird Count, coming in December. If you are interested in learning more about birds and how to identify them, watch for news of our birding classes or join us on a birding hike.

Species Number
Canada Goose 140
Wood Duck 10
Mallard 51
Wild Turkey 4
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 13
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 10
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 10
Killdeer 9
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Solitary Sandpiper 10
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Least Sandpiper 1
American Woodcock 2
Rock Dove 3
Mourning Dove 15
Black-billed Cuckoo 2
Chimney Swift 57
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 32
Downy Woodpecker 14
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 16
Pileated Woodpecker 7
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 6
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 3
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 3
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 31
Blue Jay 51
American Crow 41
Tree Swallow 41
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 29
Carolina Chickadee 4
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Chickadee, sp. 39
Tufted Titmouse 51
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Carolina Wren 7
House Wren 18
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 21
Eastern Bluebird 18

Species Number
Swainson’s Thrush 2
Hermit Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 17
American Robin 97
Gray Catbird 12
Northern Mockingbird 7
Brown Thrasher 7
European Starling 65
Cedar Waxwing 4
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 6
Yellow Warbler 37
Chestnut-sided Warbler 6
Magnolia Warbler 1
Cape May Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 5
Pine Warbler 1
Black-and-White Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Ovenbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 4
Hooded Warbler 7
Scarlet Tanager 9
Northern Cardinal 102
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6
Indigo Bunting 38
Eastern Towhee 29
Chipping Sparrow 12
Field Sparrow 16
Song Sparrow 63
White-throated Sparrow 5
White-crowned Sparrow 11
Bobolink 5
Red-winged Blackbird 134
Eastern Meadowlark 4
Common Grackle 130
Brown-headed Cowbird 11
Orchard Oriole 19
Baltimore Oriole 52
Purple Finch 2
House Finch 13
American Goldfinch 72
House Sparrow 33

1881 total birds reported count day
99 species reported count day