As the contributor of Baldwin’s Birds, I have always stated that I am but a very amateur bird enthusiast, who seems to have gathered a small following of such minded folks, like yourself.
I have been asked by a local fledgling organization if any of you “North Grenville Times Bird following Friends” and maybe your families, would like to assist and join them for their inaugural Kemptville Christmas Bird Count on December 27, 2021.
Each Christmas Bird Count is conducted on a single day between December 14 and January 5. Counts are carried out within a 24-km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. Kemptville’s circle was tested last year with thirteen local volunteers assessing the viability of a local count. This year, they have been registered as an official count by Birds Canada (https://www.birdscanada.org/bird-science/christmas-bird-count/). The area includes Kemptville, Burritt’s Rapids, Oxford Station in the south, and Baxter Conservation Area and parts of Marlborough Forest in the north.
An organizational meeting is being planned for later in November but if you are interested in getting on the Kemptville Christmas Bird Count mailing list, please email them at kvilleCBC@gmail.com.
It is hoped that many of you will be stimulated enough to commit part, or all of the count day as either a field observer or feeder watcher somewhere within the Kemptville circle. Field observers cover a portion of the count circle on their own or with a small group, counting all birds they find. Feeder watchers count birds at their feeders for a portion of the day.
Hopefully this will provide you and many others an enjoyable Christmas holiday activity to enjoy.
Stay safe and well,