Sunday, January 4, 2009

CBC (Christmas Bird Count) 2009

Birdcouple did our part to help with the annual Annapolis/Gibson Island Christmas Bird Count, aided for part of the day by Patty Sanford.

This year's was the 109th Christmas Bird Count. The tradition dates from 1900, when ornitholigists and conservationists turned the annual practice of a Christmas hunt--whoever had the biggest pile of feathers at day's end won--on its head.

6 1/2 hours of birding, 30 miles in the car, 1 hour on foot, 33 species, 2 Great Horned Owls calling just before dawn and 2 immature Bald Eagles = lots of fun.


Albert said...

Did you get to go into the "Promised Land"? Thats what I call Gibson Island. I get a chance to drive through there from time to time for the County. It is a neat place to roam through.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

No, not Gibson Island...(but it sounds like we need to double date there)... our area was off of 450 and the BGE cut. Which, BGE decided to cut even further and the area now looks like a clear cut logged zone. The sparrows seemed to like it...for now.

Hugs to your wife!