Christmas Bird Count

This is the 115th year that people all over the continent count birds contributing to one of the largest, longest running data sets in the world that is collected by Citizen Scientists.  If you’ve never heard of it, I strongly recommend that you click over to the Audubon website that gives the history and importance of this effort.

CBC map

I joined a team this morning down at Audubon.

Spatterdock Pond

Temps were in the high 30s. Walking was challenging. The slowly thawing foot of snow covered with a quarter inch of ice was noisy and difficult. I have to wonder how many birds we scared away as we crunch-crunch-crunched along the trails.

Christmas Bird Count - Audubon Nature Center

We didn’t see anything rare. But it was fun when we got to the tower to see over 200 Mallards from the tower.

Christmas Bird Count - Hugh Wood Tower

Don and Scott would continue on through the afternoon, then join other teams for a potluck dinner during which all the numbers would be tallied. One of these years, I’ll make it for the entire day!

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Bird Count

  1. My CBC count day is this coming Saturday and I’m very much looking forward to it. Last year was my first time to participate, and we spent the day trudging around in a major snowstorm. Despite strong winds and heavy, wet snow, I had a wonderful time! Hoping for better weather this year, lol.

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