And doggone if we don't see some of the best birds that way. A couple years back we had heart-stopping views of White-wing Crossbills at the Mohican Gorge Overlook. You can read a great post about it- over at Jim McCormac's blog.
|White-winged Crossbills in Hemlock|
|Roger Troutman compiles both Wooster and Mohican CBC data.|
It is a challenge to get a photo of the participants at the Mohican CBC, as our Amish friends prefer not to be photographed. They are a huge part of this count and do much of the leg-work. They leave the driving to the non-Amish, or "English."
Historically, Northern Mockingbird is a great bird for the Wooster Count. This year we had four in my territory alone. That seems like a significant change.
Keeping consistent data, year after year tells us which birds are rising in number- like the Mockingbird- and which are in decline. We have over 100 years of information, thanks to "citizen scientists", folks like you and me.
I hope you'll join a Christmas Bird Count this year. I do four counts each year, and find them both rewarding and fun. The best part: this year there is no charge. Audubon will compile the information and post it on-line. Since there will be no magazine printed, they have eliminated the fee.
The data gathered by this army of citizen scientists is critical to Audubon’s bird conservation work in the years ahead. Past counts have shown that many common birds—ones we have grown up with—are rapidly declining in numbers.
• The Evening Grosbeak has declined by more than 90 percent.
|Female Evening Grosbeak.|