Posted by Bob Lefebvre
The Calgary Christmas Bird Count is coming up this Sunday, December 15, and that means that we are now in the Count Week period. Any species which are seen from December 12 to 18, but missed on the count day itself, are included in the database as Count Week birds. Sometimes there are very good birds which are known to be around but can’t be found on count day, and sometimes it’s an unexpected bird showing up before or after the count. Even better is to find a good bird on the count day itself.
If you see an unusual or out-of-season bird during count week, and it is inside the Count Circle, make a note of the sighting (please get details about the bird and the time and place of the sighting – a photo also helps!). If the bird is not reported on count day, pass the information about your sighting to us at Birdscalgary(at)gmail.com.
Note that the circle doesn’t include the entire city.
There are many other Christmas Bird Counts in the Calgary area (and throughout North America). Check your area for a count and see if you can find an unusual species there.