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History of Christmas Bird Counts


All over the country, organized groups of "birders" will go out on their area's scheduled day (regardless of the weather) and keep a tally of the birds they see.

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"Prior to the turn of the 20th century, hunters engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt." They would choose sides and go afield with their guns—whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.

Conservation was in its beginning stages in that era, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the then-nascent Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition—a "Christmas Bird Census" that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them."

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There used to be a species of wrens in NZ but they didn't survive.

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I looked up a story about the Stephens Island Wren to learn more (the link to the story you shared isn't working for me).

This is the page I read so far ...
]Obituary of the Stephens Island Wren

"The Stephens Island Wren was a flightless songbird. It was said to have looked like a small mouse when it scampered across the ground. Every known specimen of this extinct species was delivered to a lighthouse keeper by his cat."

It's amazing the island remained pristine until the late 1800's.



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It was a unique little bird. I watch the native wrens where I live, they've got quite a busy day. I see that the NZ bird may have also been partially nocturnal. This place in which we live is so temporary.



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This isn't about bird counts, but I think it holds a very strong message for a short piece of animation. My husband spotted it on something he reads and it was left up on the computer screen for me to see.

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I have a mini forest of Douglas Firs, Maples, Aspens and a few others behind my condo. I often sit out on the deck and watch the dozens of varieties, many I can't identify due to I only hear them, they are high up in the fir trees. We just had a new red headed hummmingbird fight off his green headed enemy. We have a barred owl as well that has been here for years, I've only seen him once in the day, he flew between the trees, his wingspan was amazing.
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You may be able to research their calls, there are some databases that has all sorts of examples. The Barred Owl is nice ... "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?" -- that's what they say!
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