… or not ArBYing to be honest … lots of snow today and I rather suspect that the only arboretum birds likely to be showing themselves will be the Chickadees – not a hard tick any day of the year so they can wait.  Tomorrow is the all-day Christmas Bird Count centered on Hudson and I shall probably reserve my energies for that instead.

To quote from the CBC information …

From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission – often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations – and to help guide conservation action.

I looked back over the past ten years Hudson CBC results just now and it is pretty clear that the numbers of birds are showing a general pattern of decline.  Are there less birds out there or are we being less efficient at counting them?  Who knows, though I rather suspect the former.