The Queens County Christmas Bird Count, a project of the National Audubon Society, was rated a success with more people than usual participating.
Corey Finger, the count compiler and organizer from Forest Hills, said that 44 birders braved cold temperatures on Dec. 15 and found 118 species, which ties their modern record, set in 1979, and is only six short of their all-time best.
The previous year, there were fewer than 30 participants, so the 2013 increase was encouraging to Finger.
Some of the more unusual birds seen were the king eider, Nashville warbler, palm warbler, glaucous gull and five sightings of the snowy owl.
Birders recorded 10 species in quadruple digits. They included: snow goose, 2,276; brant, 2,314; Canada goose, 3,597; mallard, 1,188; greater scaup, 6,302; ring-billed gull, 4,251; herring gull, 1,441; rock pigeon, 1,616; European starling, 2,081; and common grackle, 2,821.
Many of those listed are waterfowl.
Queens participants went to one of eight locations, where they spent the day searching for birds.