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Terns, pelicans and more on mudflatThe 17th annual Ten Thousand Islands Christmas Bird Count (FLTT CBC) was held on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Fifteen teams and a total of 52 people participated in the count using a variety of transportation including: 1 airboat, 4 outboard motor boats, 1 canoe, 1 kayak, 1 swamp buggy, autos, and of course on foot. 

A total of 136 species and 17,681 birds were tallied within the entire FLTT count circle, much of which falls within Rookery Bay Research Reserve's managed area.

Team 3 from Rookery Bay Reserve (Beverly Anderson, Keith Laakkonen and Brita Jessen) spent 7 hours by boat counting all species seen within their count area which included the mud flats, shoals and beaches from Goodland to Blind Pass. They recorded 43 species and 3,003 individual birds within their area.

Highlights for Team 3 included 4 Common Terns seen at Caxambas Pass (a new species recorded for this FLTT CBC) as well as Peregrine Falcon (1), Whimbrel (11), Marbled Godwit (28), Western Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern and Black Skimmer. These species were seen only by Team 3.

Visit the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count website to learn more about the CBC program, find a CBC near you or search the historical CBC database for information about past Ten Thousand Island CBC's.

Read highlights from the 2015 count here.

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Beverly Anderson
Retired research specialist and our newest volunteer

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