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THERE’S STILL TIME TO JOIN THE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Franklin Bird Club’s Christmas Bird Count.
Saturday–January 4, 2014
Last December, 21 birders (divided into 5 teams) reported a total of 3,324 birds counted. This year the hope is to increase the number of birders leading to increased species identification and numbers counted. Call Bob at 828-369-1902 and add your name to the team for an exciting day with lots of fun and birding.
As we head into winter, we’ll be making a change from our usual birdwalk reports to weekly Feederwatch Reports. Whether you are participating in Feederwatch or not, please add your sightings under the dropdown at the top of the page. Then we’ll all know which birds to be on the lookout for. Though it’s winter, there’s still plenty of birding to be done.
Nov 27, 2013 @ 15:21:24 [Edit]
Feederwatch Week 3: My count days were Nov.25&26 and the birds were a bit challenged by the weather. On Tuesday I almost expected to find some wading birds out there–but I did have 13 species which were the following: Mourning Doves, Red-bellied and Downy Wdps, Am.Crows, C.Chickadee, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wren, Brown Thrasher, E.Towhees, Song Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, N.Cardinals, and Am.Goldfinch. Even though Project Feederwatch has begun it is NEVER TOO LATE to join!
From Wayah Cove:
Our count days are on Sunday and Monday. Here’s a summary of our first 4 weeks. Our regular visitors include Mourning Doves, Red-bellied and Downy Wdps, Am.Crows, C.Chickadee, Tufted Titmice, N.Cardinals, Blue Jays, Am.Goldfinch, White-breasted Nuthatch and Dark-eyed Junco. So far special visitors have included: 1 Wild Turkey, 1 Phoebe, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (very unusual for us), 1 Carolina Wren (common the rest of the year, but not seen so often in the winter.), 1 Golden-Crowned Kinglet (first time ever, think he just wanted to see what all the commotion was about), and 1 white-throated sparrow (very unusual.)
As we begin to wrap up 2013–except for the big Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 4, 2014–we’d like to thank those who were essential to a wonderful year of birding in Franklin.
Thanks to Jean Hunnicutt, who schedules our programs for the year, keeps us up to date with her e-mails, and motivates, focuses, and organizes our ”loosely organized group of locals who love birding.”
Also, thanks to Paula Gorgoglione and Karen Lawrence for leading our weekly walks and reporting what was spotted on the Greenway on our blog.
Special thanks to this year’s speakers: Romney Bathurst, Tom Striker, Curtis Smalling, Mark Hopey, Ed and Cindy Boos, John Sill, and Barbara McRae.
And finally, thanks to you for attending our meetings, supporting our walks and helping to grow a love of birding in our community.
Please join us for the Franklin Christmas Bird Count, and whether you are near–or far–check our blog for the Christmas count results and other Franklin bird happenings throughout the winter. See you in the spring–and keep on birding.