Fort Bragg CBC
- Saturday 22 December 2012 - Highlights of the Fort Bragg Christmas Bird
Count included Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Black-Headed Grosbeak,
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Nashville Warbler, Redhead, and Heermann's Gull,
as well as many other excellent birds. Provisional total for the day was
144 species, quite a respectable tally under the circumstances.
Many, many thanks to the Area Leaders and all the dedicated folks who
showed up in spite of the unpromising weather. (We did catch a nice break
of dry weather and even some sunshine, from about 5:30 AM until after
noon.) The cheerful mood at the Count Dinner was marvelous.
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- Our tally at the Count Dinner last night was 148 species (not 165 as I
mistakenly announced). While we were cleaning up, Mike Stephens came in
to report a Barred Owl; and today I got verbal reports of 3 more
species, including two from a feeder-watcher, so if those are confirmed
we will be at 152.
Rare/unusual birds included:
Eurasian Wigeon, Lake Cleone
Black-and-white Warbler, Lake Cleone (photographed)
Bullock's Oriole, Rose Memorial (stakeout bird)
Green Heron, Ocean Lake pond
Black-footed Albatross, 4.5 miles offshore
Count Week total is 155 so far, including the Bittern, Redheads, and
Dunlin reported by R. Hubacek on Friday (Dunlin re-found today by D.
Big thanks to the Area Leaders for getting their teams together and
covering their territories so thoroughly, to K. Havlena for reserving
the boat, and all the participants for making this Count so successful.
Special thanks to J. Steele and A. Liebenberg for running the best-yet
- Believe it or not, the Christmas Bird Count season starts in less than 2
months! The Fort Bragg CBC falls on Saturday December 20 this year.
E-mail me if you are planning to join us, or if you have questions. If
you participated last year and want to re-join the same team, just get
in touch with whoever led your Area.
Last year was epic, and I have high hopes for this one as well. See you
at the Count Dinner!