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Share Your Christmas Bird Count Stories, 12/11/2013-1/8/2014

Can you believe it? The 2013-2014 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season is upon us. Today, Saturday, Dec. 14th, the first of the 2013-2014 CBCs are in progress. And “count week” actually got under way earlier, back on Wednesday, Dec. 11th.

The CBC is, I would say, the most excellent birding tradition on Earth. There is no greater thrill for me than waking up on the “morning” (well, the middle of the night) of the CBC, and hurriedly and excitedly getting started on the long day of birding and human camaraderie.

CBC-logo-stackedFor the next 23 days, let’s do something simple and heartfelt. Let’s use this forum for sharing our CBC stories. The ground rules: First, let’s NOT report easily downloaded statistics (“The 39th Podunk Hills CBC enlisted 24 volunteers who tallied 68 species…”). Instead, let’s just share stories from count day or count week: a beautiful bird, a crazy situation, a wonderful insight, anything “human interest,” you get the picture. Please, if you don’t mind, tell us your name, and the name and date of the CBC or CBCs you participated in.

All perspectives and anecdotes are valid. Don’t be bashful. We’d love to hear from folks on their first-ever CBCs, and we’d love to hear from folks who have been birding for twice as long as I’ve been alive (I think there still may be one or two of you…).

I believe that everybody who participates in a CBC has something to share. And that gets at one of the most glorious things about birding: If you spend the better part of the day birding, as you’re wont to do on count day, the chances are quite good that you have a story worth telling. I can’t wait to hear your stories! Bring it on!

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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Editor, Birding magazine at American Birding Association
Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives of the ABA. He is the author of more than 100 magazine and journal articles, and has written four recent books, including an ABA title, the ABA Guide to Birds of Colorado. Floyd is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and state ornithological society meetings, and he has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Mainly, he listens to birds at night.
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