Ukiah CBC Bird ID Meeting
- What Bird Is That?
Winter is here, the holidays are with us, and our local birds are helping themselves at our feeders again. Every year I am determined to identify those little critters, each and every one! Sure I make some progress, but what of those tough ones that look so similar, those little brown jobs hopping around under the feeder? Yes, I know most are sparrows and surely those feeding above are finches, but which species is each? I definitely need an expert!
Peregrine Audubon's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has those experts who can help bring us a step closer to our goal. Join Bob Keiffer on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ukiah City Council Chambers when he will point out distinguishing field marks of our Ukiah area birds. He will discuss and illustrate the sparrows and finches, jays and blackbirds, ducks and waders, as well as the raptors, the hawks and owls, all in living color.
Bring your tough questions for the experts. What birds can I expect in my back yard this winter? How do sparrows and finches differ? Is it really possible to see eagles in the Ukiah Valley? What are the ducks and gulls at Lake Mendocino? Anyone interested in birdcalls? Bob can help with that too.
Peregrine Audubon also offers help in the field. Beginners and experienced birders can come to the December 9 meeting at 7:00 p.m. and sign up with Bob Keiffer for the Count, which takes place on Saturday, December 18. Bob will explain how the Christmas Bird Count works, introduce team leaders, and match you with a group that can best help take you that next step toward better bird biology. He will also give a presentation that he and Matthew Matthiessen have put together over the last few years.
The really avid begin before daybreak and in all kinds of weather. The rest of us can participate for parts of the day or even count at home if we live within the 15-mile diameter count circle (which includes Ukiah). There will be a beginners' count starting at 10 a.m. and meeting at the gate to Mendocino College on Hensley Creek Road. By all means, contact Bob Keiffer (744-1160) to get details.
We meet after the CBC for a potluck dinner in the Grace Hudson Museum Public Room on South Main Street. Bring a dish, something to drink, and your eating utensils and join us at 6:00 p.m.
Directions to the Ukiah City Council Chambers for the December 9 meeting at 7:00 p.m. and slide show: from Hwy 101: take Perkins St. east to North State St.; turn left and head south; take the third right (Seminary Ave) and go to the end.