Early CBC Totals: Down a Bit from 2010

Mike Britt, coordinator for the Christmas Bird Count for most of the Meadowlands, reports:

"One team's list is still outstanding but the cumulative total is looking to be 10-15 species below last year's total of 95…five best birds being American Bittern, Common Moorhen, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Yellowthroat, & Yellow-breasted Chat.

"I think the reason for the lousy total is…the late October snow storm drove out most half-hardies and essentially ended fall migration, coupled with the fact that the winter has been quite mild thus far and some wintering species have yet to arrive."

"I'll send a more comprehensive report when I get that list…" (Thanks, Mike!)

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