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MN Birds of the Byway - Christmas Bird Count


1st Annual Uppgaard WMA Christmas Bird Count 12/16/2011


A new birding event took place this past winter on Friday December 16, 2011 along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway.  The National Audubon Society accepted the Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area as the site for a new annual Christmas Bird Count.  This new count circle (below) will be the first for this area (Pequot Lakes, Crosslake and Jenkins) and for a Minnesota Byway. Count information and results is available at birdsofthebyway.com.  Judd Brink is the new organizer and data complier for the Uppgaard WMA CBC.  Please contact Judd Brink Birds of the Byway Guide at 218 838-4784 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information in how you can participate in the 2012 CBC.  


The first Uppgaard CBC- A success!

The first Uppgaard WMA CBC took place on Friday December 16, 2011 along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. The count had 8 participants who drove and walked several of the trails and 2 feeder watchers who watched thier feeders and reported thier sightings.


 Lake Country Echo 12/15/2011 Outdoors  Birds of the Byway Count by Kate Perkins

Brainerd Dispatch 12/25/2011 Outdoor Traditions Counting Inaugural Event as a Success by Brian Peterson

Results for the 1st annual Uppgaard WMA CBC 12/16/2011:

1. American Crow: 66
2. Bald Eagle: 12
3. Barred Owl: 1
4. Belted Kingfisher: 1
5. Black-capped Chickadee: 306
6. Blue Jay: 94
7. Brown Creeper: 1
8. Canada Goose:  24
9. Cedar Waxwing:  4
10. Common Goldeneye: 277
11. Dark-eyed Junco: 4
12. Downy Woodpecker: 14
13. Hairy Woodpecker: 10
14. Mallard: 27
15. Mourning Dove: 3
16. Northern Cardinal: 1
17. Northern Raven: 23
18. Pileated Woodpecker:6
19. Red-bellied Woodpecker: 9
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch: 20
21. Ruffed Grouse: 2
22. Trumpeter Swans: 72
23. White-breasted Nuthactch: 35   

Total number of birds 1,012







Center Location Ideal Corners co. Rd. 39 and Co. Rd. 16
Denotes 15 mile Diameter Count circle
Uppgaard WMA (110 acres) *Count Priority