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(Hudson, Wyo.) – What was the most common bird spotted during the  annual Christmas Bird Count in Fremont County? The count, conducted in Dubois, Crowheart, Lander and Riverton areas, revealed fewer bird species spotted this year than last, according to Del Nelson, who coordinated the count. “We saw 67 species this year as compared with 80 species recorded at last year’s count,” he said. “In addition, the number of birds was down as well. I suspect the very cold weather leading up to the counts this year probably had something to do with it.”

Nelson theorized that many birds usually seen at the end of the year locally had moved farther south by the time the local count took place.

Among the highlights of the Christmas Bird count:

• None of the four counts reported: Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, American Coot (a real surprise), Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, nor Brewer’s Blackbird.

• No Eurasian Collared Doves were seen during the Crowheart and Dubois counts.

• Numbers were low for: American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Black Rosy-Finch, Pine Siskin, Bohemian Waxwing (212 compared to 481 last year), Cedar Waxwing (112 compared to 395), and House Sparrow (1,884 compared to 4,002).

And about the most common species spotted this year? Was it the Canada Goose? Eastern Starling? Mallard duck? House Sparrow? See the complete bird count in the tables below to find the answer.

Next up on the bird watchers calendar is the Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 14-17. This is an on-line count with information available by clicking here.

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