December 31, 2006

Christmas Bird Count

Yesterday I participated in the local Christmas Bird Count. It was a beautiful temperate winter day, cool, but not too cold, sunny and very birdy. We saw lots of Canada Geese and had numerous ducks on the ponds. One of my favorites was the Lessor Scaups. This guy got close enough for a good shot.


This year one of the people that joined me for my route was a woman who is a foster mom on the weekends and she dragged along a fifteen year old girl, Susan, who had never bird watched before to participate. Despite the chill and long hours, Susan enjoyed herself very much and volunteered to keep the tally sheet. She found the variety of ducks surprising and the great blue heron that was posing in the tree fascinating. Indeed, she gave me her contact information so that I could get ahold of her for another round of birding. Perhaps she's got the birding bug too? If so, the day was a real success in more ways than one because as this article says, besides being an important activity of citizen science, the CBC also serves to introduce newcomers to the natural world and the creatures that share it with us.

Posted by Mary at December 31, 2006 09:40 PM | Entertainment | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

I don't know where you were, but the Morro Bay area bird count is a fantastic experience.

With lots of fresh water percolating up near the ocean and natural estuaries, the Morro Bay area is a natural habitat and always ranks near the top in the count.

Posted by: Dons Blog at January 2, 2007 08:08 AM

Here in SE Tennessee we had 60 species on our count on Saturday. It was good fun! Thanks for sharing the photo !

Posted by: Jeffrey Hunter at January 2, 2007 02:18 PM

Don, I love birding around Morro Bay. I was in Portland in the Reed College area, so we didn't get any shorebirds. Our best bird for the day was probably the Common Goldeneye hanging out with the Hooded Mergansers.

Jeffry, you'all in SE Tennessee sound like you had a great day birding. My team's species count was 42. We were really lucky to have a mostly sunny day.

I sure love being part of this tradition.

Posted by: Mary at January 4, 2007 10:17 PM