MY TOP TEN: Rudy Darling |

MY TOP TEN: Rudy Darling

What are the top 10 most common birds in western Nevada County this time of year? The Sierra Foothills Audubon Society held its annual Christmas Bird Count Saturday (admittedly a few days after Christmas). Roughly 60 volunteers counted birds in a 15-mile circle around Rough and Ready.

The event is part of a long-running international count of bird populations. The results from Saturday’s count haven’t been tallied, but count coordinator Rudy Darling provided averages from local Christmas bird counts of the last seven years. “It’ll go up and down … The average is a much better indicator of the top ten,” Darling said.

Species and average number:

1. Canada Goose, 2,833

2. American Robin, 2,225

3. Dark-eyed (Oregon) junco, 1,211

4. European starling, 884

5. Brewer’s blackbird, 839

6. Western scrub jay, 632

7. Lesser goldfinch, 538

8. White-crowned sparrow, 441

9. Golden-crowned sparrow, 436

10. Red-winged blackbird, 434

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