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General News · 25th May 2023
Thank you to all who participated in the Cortes Island Museum’s Spring Migration Birding Event!

This event differs from the Christmas Bird Count in a number of ways. Primarily, it is a more relaxed day, where birders come together to share their birding knowledge and enjoy the time looking for birds in a friendly group. Secondly, we count species only, not the individual birds observed as in the Christmas Count.

This year we had 24 participants, split into 5 groups, and some individual observers. We covered Mansons Landing, Whaletown, Squirrel Cove, Plunger Pass, Children's Forest, Carrington Bay, Smelt Bay, South Point, and received reports from a few backyard bird feeders.

Highlights of this year’s event include a Savannah Sparrow, Wilson's Warbler, Purple Martins, Spotted Sandpipers, a Lazuli Bunting and a Black-headed Grosbeak. In total, we observed 93 species.

A big thank you to all the enthusiastic birders, and especially to leaders Nancy Kendel and Christine Robinson, for organizing the day.

And please listen to Roy Hales' interview with Nancy Kendel and George Sirk about this event.
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Check our website for more information and results of our Cortes bird counts.

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