Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The Brrrrr Bird Count
At last everything is ready for departure.
We met a Tim Horton's to have a SMALL coffee (tissues - check!) and plan our day. We decided to take the early morning to try to locate several rare birds known to be in the city. No luck there, so we rushed to our designated areas. We started this year with the White Hills. Given the time of the day and the way the birds were moving around in other areas we had our hopes up that there were going to be plenty of birds. Well, the long and short of that is that the woods around the parking lot offered up more birds than the 2 km. of trails filled with snow that we managed to slip and slide UP! The number of steps we took were not rewarded with an equal number of birds by any means.
We moved on to Virginia River where we scanned the waters and hiked the trail down to a known feeder. The feeder was the only area on the trail that was hopping but there were only the typical Juncos and Black-capped Chickadees. Then it was off to Bally Haly Golf Course. Up to our knees in snow in some places and slipping on bare ice in others we worked our way around the edge of the woods. We did find one nice little pocket of small birds but again nothing to write home about.
On a beautifully sunny, cold day Catherine and I had a wonderful day breathing clean, fresh air and drinking in the snow-covered scenery around us. We noted all birds that we saw and reported our data to the compiler. While we didn't bring any great new find to the table, we did a small part in covering a region that, too, is important to understanding the overall distribution and quantity of birds on that particular day.