[CT Birds] The Solstice Bird Count
dennisvz at optonline.net
Thu Dec 17 16:12:39 EST 2009
I decided to let you in on a new little project of mine incase anyone
wants to participate.
It is the Solstice Bird Count.
The idea came to me during the Summer when I was going through the
old CBC's in Bird Lore. Back then, a CBC was done by an individuals
or a party of people, no circles. They went out for the day, mostly
hiking. It seemed like a pleasant thing to do, no territories no
obligations just out birding for pleasure, and by walking it is a
"Green Activity". In the past there was an attempt to revive this
style and they called them Antique Christmas Bird Counts. In looking
for a day to do it, Monday became available (the Winter Solstice).
Also, the idea if using the Winter Solstice instead of Christmas
appealed to me.
Here are my rules
The count must be within 2 days of the Winter Solstice (5 day window)
The count must last a minimum of 6 hours.
The count must be done by walking. One may drive to the area, but the
count must be by foot.
In addition to a list of species and numbers, keep track of starting
and ending locations and time, and distance traveled (GPS would be
helpful). A description of the route and habitats covered would be
nice as well.
You can send your results to me and or post them here.
I picked a route along the Fairfield Shore.
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