As many of you know this is my first time to chair the Birding Committee and our first time to be involved with the Birding Census. We hosted the dinner the night before the actual Birding and in attendance where Amy & Jim Hardy, Brenda & Gary LaVergne, Terri & Mark Prasatik, Terri & Bret Dingley and Grady & Glenda Lambert. We divided into groups giving each an area of the ranch to scout and record all the different birds we could see or hear. The magic hour to meet the next day was 6:45am, yep you read that right 6:45am. It was fairly foggy that morning but the birds didn’t seem to mind. I have to say that we had a blast being in the woods so early and watching the wildlife awaken serenading us with their own music. My husband, Fred, enjoyed it so much he talked about it for days…who knew Birding could be so much fun! The total number of different birds spotted were 43 and the top 5 birds with a count of 100 or more were the American Robin, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwing and the Chipping Sparrow. There were many on the list I didn’t know, but now with my birding book in hand my knowledge is growing every day.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in our Birding Census and hope you all can join us next year as we are truly blessed to live in an area that has so many birds & wildlife to see right out our front door.