The Bishop CBC was held on 15 Dec 2007, a beautiful and clear day with hardly a breath of wind, a high of 48F and a low of 16F. Forty-one intrepid birders scoured as much of the 15 mile diameter count circle as they could. The total number of species was 101, down from the record high of 114 set last year, but still quite respectably over the 100 mark. Highlights this year were a female Hooded Merganser at the Bishop City Park pond, 6 Chukar at Pleasant Valley Reservoir, 3 Bald Eagles in Round Valley and Pleasant Valley Reservoir, 3 Rough-legged Hawks, 2 Ring-billed Gulls at the City Park, 1 Anna's Hummingbird at a downtown Bishop feeder, 186 Mountain Chickadees, 3 White-breasted Nuthatches, 8 Western Bluebirds (golf course and W Line St), 1 Townsend's Solitaire, 2 Lark Sparrows (golf course and intersection: Line St and Reata Rd), and 2 Golden-crowned Sparrows.
Notable misses were geese of any kind, Northern Pintail, Common Merganser, Barn Owl, Belted Kingfisher (only 1 total), Pinyon Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Vesper Sparrow, and Brown-headed Cowbird.
Many thanks to all of you who make this count so successful.