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The Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is over a century old tradition that provides a valuable resource for learning more about bird behavior and for helping to protect species and their habitat. Birds in the same designated areas throughout the nation are counted each year on one day in December. Lake Symington is fortunate to be in one of these areas. red_winged_blackbirdIn the 2007 CBC a renowned birder, Brad Waggoner, volunteered to participate in counting in our area. As a result, almost everything in feathers was spotted. The following is that less than two-hour bird count for Lake Symington on December 15, 2007. Of course we have many more species than were counted for that short period of time, but the species and number count are still impressive.

6 Pied-billed Grebes, 14 Double-crested Cormorants, 50 American Widgeons, 27 Mallards, 15 Ring-necked Ducks, 10 Lesser Scaups, 55 Buffleheads, 10 Hooded Mergansers, 11 Common Mergansers, 5 American Coots, 2 Downy Woodpeckers, 2 Red Shafted Northern Flickers, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Steller's Jays, 1 Common Raven, 20 Black-capped Chickadees, 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 1 Brown Creeper, 20 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 1 Spotted Towhee, 1 Fox Sparrow, 56 Dark-eyed Oregon Juncos, 12 Red-winged Blackbirds, 3 House Finches, and 1 Pine Siskin.

Birding information can be found at the Kitsap Audubon Society at this link: http://kitsapaudubon.org/ In addition to binoculars and a good field guide, a must for Kitsap County birders is the Birds of Kitsap County guide. Here is the link: http://www.kitsapaudubon.org/birdingresources.html

It would be fun to learn what birds and critters you have seen in our neighborhood. If you see anything unusual, give me, Renee Bellemere, a ring (830-4231). I'd love to see your find. Here are some of mine:

These are my pictures of the black-capped chickadee and the female bufflehead.

This is my scenic Lake Symington picture with the Canada Geese and friends.
And the photo at right is a family of Mallard ducks.

This is a Double-crested Cormorant.

This is a Pileated Woodpecker.

These areTrumpeter Swans, two adults and four juveniles.


Red-winged Blackbird photo courtesy Ron Watkins

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