Annual Christmas Bird Count

Green-Wood Cemetery can be enjoyed on my levels: arboratum, sculpture garden, historic park, and bird-watchers paradise, to name a few. The annual Christmas Bird Count was held recently at Green-Wood Cemetery, and its results remind us what a special place Green-Wood is.

Thirty-five species were sighted, including three “saves” (birds seen no where else in Brooklyn): great horned owl, grackle, and chipping sparrow.

Here’s the count:

Canada Goose 200
American Wigeon 1
Mallard 15
Hooded Merganser 2

Monk parakeet 2
Ruddy Duck 2
Great Blue Heron (photographed above, earlier this year) 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Merlin 1
Ring-billed Gull 45
Rock Pigeon 1
Mourning Dove 7
Monk Parakeet 2
Great Horned Owl 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 16
European Starling 4
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 6
Fox Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 30
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 93
Northern Cardinal 22
Common Grackle 1
House Sparrow 2

Thanks to Marge Raymond for this information. Marge has been bird-watching at Green-Wood for over 20 years, and long has been a leader in our bird count. Marge recently started doing trolley tours for the Green-Wood Historic Fund–every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. She is about to expand her schedule to include a trolley tour of Green-Wood the last Sunday of each month, also at 1:00 p.m. Check the cemetery website for details.

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