YFBTA Christmas Bird Counts

Blue Jay - Photo: Rob Wilson
The YFBTA is working hard to make the Yellowhead Region one of the best birding spots in the province and country.

People in thousands of communities across the continent, including the local communities in and around the YFBTA area, count how many different birds they see on a single day during a pre-set count period.

The objective of the Christmas Bird Count is to monitor the status and distributions of bird populations in the Western Hemisphere. The information collected from the Christmas Bird Count is available to be used by scientists and amateur enthusiasts as they plot region-specific and continental trends.

The YFBTA encourages anyone who would like to join this to do so. 

2021 Christmas Bird Count
January 4, 2022
Chatsworth - George & Laurie Murray ... report  

2019 Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Chatsworth - George & Laurie Murray, etal ... report  

2018 Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Chatsworth George & Laurie Murray, etal ... report
Good Spirit Lake - Joyce Anaka, etal ... PDF  

2017 Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Chatsworth - George & Laurie Murray, etal ... report  

2016 Christmas Bird Count
December 16, 2015 to January 5, 2017
Chatsworth - George & Laurie Maben, etal ... report
Yorkton East - Martin Phillips, etal ... PDF  

2015 Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2015 to January 5, 2016
Togo - Doug Elsasser ... PDF  
Chatsworth - Laurie Murray ... PDF  
Yorkton East - Martin Phillips ... PDF  
Fort Qu'Appelle - Keith Stephens ... PDF Note

2014 Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2014 to January 5, 2015
Togo - Doug Elsasser ... report
Chatsworth - Laurie Murray ... report
Yorkton East - Martin Phillips ... PDF
Canora - T. Carnahan ... report

2013 Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Yorkton East - date n/a - Martin Phillips, etal ... pdf
Saltcoats - Dec.28 - Arden Bradford, etal ... report
Chatsworth - Jan.4 - Laurie Murray, etal   report
Togo - Jan.5 - Doug Elsasser, etal ... report

2012 Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2012 to January 5, 2013
Saltcoats - Rob Wilson ... PDF
Chatsworth - George Murray ... PDF
Yorkton - Geoff Rushowick ...  
Yorkton East - Martin Phillips ... PDF
Togo - Doug Elsasser ... PDF
Churchbridge - Walter Karau ... PDF

2011 Christmas Bird Count
Word document     PDF

Information on the 2010 Christmas Bird Count not currently available

2009 Christmas Bird Count conducted in the Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail region

2008 Christmas Bird Count

Churchbridge - Saltcoats - Esterhazy


2007 Annual Christmas bird count held in Yorkton by Kathy Morrell
Reprinted from Yorkton This Week - Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2006 Christmas Bird Counts in December  2006
Saltcoats, Esterhazy, Yorkton, and Good Spirit Lake

2005 Annual Bird Count Records a Decrease in Bird Numbers This Winter (2005)

Walter Farquharson

This year again members of the Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association participated in Nature Saskatchewan's annual Christmas Bird Count. On January 4, seven members drove and walked many kilometers within the Town of Saltcoats and in an area seven miles out from the Town in each direction.Other members and friends participated through keeping track of the birds showing up in their yards and at their feeders.

Probably due to the mild winter weather, fewer birds were counted than last year. We did count 7 ruffed grouse, 15 sharp-tailed grouse, 1 bald eagle (actually seen and noted December 25) 10 rock pigeons, 2 great horned owls, 12 downy woodpeckers and 9 hairy woodpeckers. Eight blue jays were spotted, 49 black-billed magpies, 78 common ravens, 66 black-capped chickadees, 4 white-breasted nuthatches. On January 2 a robin was seen at several feeders in town and 1 dark-eyed junco was identified. Over 300 snow buntings were seen and these were in different flocks different directions from Saltcoats. Eight purple finches were noted and a pine siskin. Members tallied 122 house sparrows. Members have also seen a boreal chickadee and a red-breasted nuthatch but these were sightings outside the specified dates.

In addition to birds there were sightings of 2 red foxes, 3 snowshoe hares, many signs of badger diggings, 5 striped skunks, 6 whitetailed deer, 1 long-tailed weasel, 5 red squirrels, places where porcupine had stripped bark from trees very recently..

These counts are always an adventure. Birders and nature enthusiasts are always eager to compare notes and challenge possible sightings of rarer species - or unusual feathered visitors. The records help scientists track species declines and increases and measures the effect of ever changing habitats.

Readers are invited to share their sightings and their questions. Contact Rob Wilson at (306) 744 8140 or Jim Jowsey at (306) 744 2246.

Published in Saltcoats Grade 5/6 Gazette - January 12 / 2006

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