by James Oates
The Ninepipes CBC was conducted on December 19th, with 19 participants split into 8 parties. 73 species, which is about average, were reported with no new species. The total number of birds was down about 30% mostly in Canada Geese and Red-winged Blackbirds.
A possible new species was seen on the 15th during count week. A pelican had been seen regularly until then, but didn’t make it to the 19th for the CBC. 17 eagles were spotted on the ice of Ninepipes clustered around a carcass about 300 yards out. Glimpses of yellow were noted as the eagles were squabbling.