Madison Christmas Bird Count!

The WYBC held its first unofficial trip on Saturday, Dec. 19 and it was a blast! Young birders Michael and Josh came down to the east side of Madison to help Aaron Stutz and Cynthia and Peter Bridge with the CBC.    It was a fun, informal get-together- thanks so much to everyone who helped make this happen!

The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count is a nation-wide effort to catalog birds that started in 1900. Each year, thousands of volunteers go out for one day and count as many individual birds they can.                             Long-running data from this impressive citizen science project helps us with everything from getting to know the birds in our neighborhood to monitoring large-scale population trends. More info can be found here:  http://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count 

The day started off rather windy and slow on Governor’s Island, with frigid windchill keeping bird activity subdued. Despite this, we started around 7 in a beautiful sunrise.

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Props to Josh for finding a Ruby-crowned Kinglet!

For the following several hours, we moved around the eastern Lake Mendota area, tallying all the species we could.

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An unexpected Rusty Blackbird was an surprising highlight. An adult Bald Eagle also gave us a good show:

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Thanks again to Aaron Stutz. The morning’s checklists can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26360768  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26361786  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26362251  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26362405  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26362545  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26362573

 

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