Christmas Bird Count Dispatch From Ridgefield

skeetkill at dawn

Skeetkill Creek Marsh at dawn, 12/20/15

Jim Macaluso headed out to Skeetkill Creek Marsh in Ridgefield early this morning to continue his Christmas Bird Count. Jim reports that even with the tide going out he spotted “22 greenwing teal and a black duck, three mallards, fox sparrow, tree sparrows, a load of house finches and some other common birds. Really pretty at dawn there.”

Everyone is welcome to send in their Christmas Bird Count reports!

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the nation’s longest-running citizen science bird project, fuels Audubon science year-round. The count is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, performed annually in the early Northern-hemisphere winter by volunteer birdwatchers and administered by the National Audubon Society. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology, though many people participate for recreation.

This year’s 116th count runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5, so it’s not too late to join in this fun and important project. To find out more click here.

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