The holiday season is in full swing: today was the Twin Falls Christmas Bird Count! There are numerous reasons to participate in the Christmas Bird Counts: fun, a little camaraderie, it is good to get out and stomp around, and it is the longest running bird data set of its size – who wouldn’t want to be part of that?
My bird counting partner and I had the ‘Northside’ as our territory: numerous fires have decimated the native vegetation, and a golf course is the best habitat we surveyed. A proper census requires looking everywhere and counting native and non-native birds with equal gusto. It was a pretty cool day. We saw 43 species including: Barn Owls, Great Horned Owls, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, a Merlin, a Dipper, several thousand European Starlings, and scads of Cedar Waxwings (some are pictured above).
My next Christmas Bird Count will be the Jim Sage – maybe we will see you there!