Christmas Bird Count: Randolph, Vermont (preliminary)

We’re reposting several preliminary Christmas Bird Count results from neighboring towns. Email us at if you want us to post yours, too. Final results may become available on the VTBIRD mailing list and/or at Audubon’s 110th Christmas Bird Count pages.

Randolph, Vermont

The third Randolph CBC was conducted on Dec. 19, tallying 34 species/2094 individuals. Temperature at sunrise was -12[°F], only warming to -7 by 10:30 AM on Braintree Hill, eventually rising to a balmy +17. Numbers would have likely been lower this year without the addition of several new feeder watchers. The single new species for the count was a Carolina Wren which showed up at my feeder 3 days before the count, and is still present. (Luckily I [the poster] have the bird on video, negating the need for me to ask myself for a rare bird documentation form).

Mallard 12
Common Merganser 2
Ruffed Grouse 5
Wild Turkey 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rock Pigeon 145
Mourning Dove 138
Barred Owl 1
Downy Woodpecker 26
Hairy Woodpecker 37
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 228
American Crow 294
Northern Raven 20
Blk.-capped Chickadee 318
Tufted Titmouse 18
Red-breasted Nuthatch 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 26
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 3
E. Starling 273
Am. Tree Sparrow 20
White-throated Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 66
Snow Bunting 75
Northern Cardinal 15
Purple Finch 12
House Finch 8
Common Redpoll 5
American Goldfinch 196
Evening Grosbeak 2
House Sparrow 96


A late report received for the Randolph CBC added 400+ birds (unfortunately 200 being starlings) and one new species – 2 Pine Grosbeaks from Brookfield.

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