I got up really, really early this weekend to do the Christmas bird count.
It was fun. I noticed three birds — a chickadee, a brown creeper and a horned grebe — that no one else had. I suspect someone else would have seen them if I hadn’t, although maybe not. We saw lots of varied thrushes, which are very pretty and make an odd spoingy sound.
It was very pleasant to be walking through the woods counting birds. The guy we were with knew them all by their sounds. That’s what I’ll work on next.