Some new highs and new lows came out of this year’s Christmas Bird Count in Muskoka. The Muskoka Conservancy says almost 1,850 birds were counted in total, including 24 Bald Eagles which is a new high. Twenty of them were spotted in Gravenhurst. No House Sparrows were seen this year, which is a new low for the bird count. Some uncommon species were spotted; a Great Black-Backed Gull, an American Robin, and both Red and White-Winged Crossbills. Thirty-one of the species were counted in Bracebridge compared to 24 in Gravenhurst.

There was also a Christmas Bird Count in Algonquin Park. Bird watchers were able to see over 2,700 birds from 25 different species, which is lower than most years. The average number is 4,500 bird sightings during the event.

The Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 in North America, and this was the 38th annual event for Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, and 43rd event in Algonquin Park. In total, over 2,500 counts were conducted across North and South America.