Annual count finds fewer birds, but reasons why still up in the air

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Annual count finds fewer birds, but reasons why still up in the air

Drought, 416 Fire looked at as possible explanations
A great blue heron was spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 16. The count found a strong number of diverse species – 82 – but the number of individual birds was down to about 6,732, lower than the 2017 count.
A red-tailed hawk was spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 16.
A common raven spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count held Dec. 16.
A white-crowned sparrow was spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count.
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Annual count finds fewer birds, but reasons why still up in the air

A great blue heron was spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 16. The count found a strong number of diverse species – 82 – but the number of individual birds was down to about 6,732, lower than the 2017 count.
A red-tailed hawk was spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 16.
A common raven spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count held Dec. 16.
A white-crowned sparrow was spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count.

Annual count finds fewer birds, but reasons why still up in the air

Pastorius Reservoir is the central point for the annual Christmas Bird Count. Thirty-five volunteers recorded every species of bird spotted in a 7.5-mile radius around the reservoir within a 24-hour period.

Annual count finds fewer birds, but reasons why still up in the air

A mallard was spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 16. Fewer birds were spotted during the 2018 count than in 2017.

Annual count finds fewer birds, but reasons why still up in the air

During the Christmas Bird Count, the American wigeon, a species of duck, was found in high numbers at Pastorius Reservoir likely because the body of water has been largely drained to remove invasive species.
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