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Christmas Bird Count Update

A note on the Christmas Bird Count from Greg Park, Senior Naturalist with the Schrader Center:  The count period for the 112th Christmas Bird Count from December 14, 2011 to January 5, 2012 has concluded. Results will be posted on Audubon’s website after the counts are tabulated. Locally, in Wheeling, we had 15 volunteers counting birds on foot within Oglebay Park, driving the backroads and watching feeders of the WVWH Circle (the Wheeling Circle). Our efforts totaled over 150 miles by car and more than 15 miles on foot. The total species count was 53 with some notable sightings: 1 Long- eared Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Red -shouldered Hawk,  1 Bald Eagle,  1 Bufflehead,  2 Black Duck,  2 Raven,  4 Hooded Merganser,  4 Swamp Sparrow,  13 Yellow-rumped Warbler,  1 Winter Wren,  4 Brown Creeper,  46 Golden-crowned Kinglet,  and 57 Eastern Bluebird. Plus, 40,000 American Crows and plenty of common species were sighted. The weather was tolerable, and everyone had fun.  Thanks and hope to see you next year! ~Greg Park


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