Three hardy souls (insane???) (plus one short period feeder watcher) participated in the Junction City Christmas Bird Count today, in clearly the coldest day of the year (so far!). Thanks to Bob Kruger and Jeff Keating (and Jaye Otte for checking the home feeders!!!)
With a low temperature of 4, a high of 12, moderate to light snow in the morning and mostly cloudy skies this afternoon, we managed to eke out right at 60 species. Birds were sitting VERY tight until late in the day (well I haven't done anything all day hoping it would warm up, but it hasn't so I'd better get out and find something to eat!!!)
Best birds of the day were likely a Hermit Thrush on Walla Walla Rd, very upclose views of a perched Merlin in the Curtis Creek area of Milford Lake (both Geary County) and the rescue of a Barred Owl, who's wings were entangled in fishing line at Moon Lake on Ft Riley) by Jeff Keating. Said owl was taken to Milford Nature Center by a game warden, to be checked out and strengthened to be released.
I considered postponing the count to this weekend, but the weather wasn't going to be any better then so what the heck!!!!
Stay warm out there CBCers, it's going to be a rough few days!
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