2015-05-21 / Nature

Conanicut Island Bird Count Results

The 31st Annual Conanicut Island Bird Count was held recently and the final results were quite revealing. Volunteer spotters reported 85 species on the island, and there were a few surprises sighted as well. According to event co-coordinator Candy Powell, “B.J. Whitehouse won this year’s prestigious Pink Flamingo Award for the most unusual sighting with his observation of a large raft of 52 common goldeneye. This species has typically departed the region by now for northern nesting sites. Our count was surprisingly high and there were some other great observations.”

Highlights of the count included12 species of warblers such as a blue-winged warbler, blackthroated blue warbler, blackthroated green warbler, and 179 yellow warblers! Raptor species were represented by red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons and 13 ospreys. Other colorful migrants included rose-breasted grosbeaks, indigo buntings, a scarlet tanager, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, and a black-billed cuckoo.

For more information on the count or for birding opportunities on Conanicut Island, contact Candy Powell at 401-423-1492.

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