No – not the Canadian Broadcasting Company but the Christmas Bird Count at Hudson which we were involved with today. CBCs are a tradition for birders and have been running for 107 years now so the data is building up … the Hudson one isn’t that venerable but it has a good few decades behind it.
Unusually mild and damp today with very thin snow after the rains last night and consequently the winter flatland birds that we usually enjoy were really hard to find … nevertheless, in addition to huge numbers of Chickadees and Pigeons (wow!) we had a very exciting group of 15 Wild Turkeys on the edge of field that rapidly melted back into the forest when they saw us but not before I got a picture as proof … and a couple of Northern Shrike. We also enjoyed at close quarters a pair of Horned Larks that sat in the thin snow beside the parked car and stamped their feet as if they were cold but took little notice of us – pictures of them also.
When all the routes are in and tallied we will be able to see how things fared but this is not going to be the best of years for numbers of species, i am sure. Good fun thouhg and we’ll be out again next year as we have been for the past ten.
Lastly – couln’t miss this. One the farms ahd theri Christmas decorations still on display … enjoy: