Common redpolls on a thistle seed feeder in Quesnel.

Quesnel Christmas Bird Count set for Dec. 23

Get your eagle (or chickadee, flicker and grosbeak) eyes ready for annual count

Adrian Leather

Observer Contributor

The 2018 Quesnel Christmas Bird Count will take place on Dec. 23. It is an open, public event organized by the Quesnel Birding Club.

Nine field teams roam the Quesnel area, tallying the species and individual birds seen or heard in their designated zones. You are very welcome to join the count as a yard birder/feeder watcher, or on a field team. You might see interesting birds casually while out on count day. We’d love to hear from you!

The idea is to note each species you see or hear, and to tally the highest number of individual birds of each species seen at any point in time. For example, if you see three Northern Flicker in the morning, and two in the afternoon, your tally is three Northern flicker, unless you can clearly identify that the afternoon flickers are different from those encountered in the morning.

A species seen within three days of Dec. 23, but not recorded by anybody on the count day, can be noted as a count week species, though it does not impact the count day tally. Sunday, Dec. 23 is the all-important day!

Traditional count boundaries are Cottonwood River to the north, Kersley Rail Overpass to the south, 500 Road to the east, and Quesnel Rod and Gun Club to the west.

Tally Sheets are available on purchase of your bird food at Bouchie Lake Country Store, and Lil’ Red Pony Feed & Supplies. Research shows that the highest diversity of species is attracted to black oil sunflower seed. Suet is also popular.

It will really help if folks place feeders in their front yards, so the field teams can see them. We scout the area, and keep detailed notes on hotspot feeders, but if you feel we haven’t found you yet, please let us know! Counts can be sent via telephone: 250-249-5561, or email: q-birds@xplornet.com.

For further information on the count, and all local birding news, join us on Facebook at Q-Birds (Quesnel Birding Club).

Adrian Leather is president of the Quesnel Birding Club.

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